Friday, June 27, 2008

Nanaimo Departure Bay Ferry Update


Starting June 28, the Coastal Naturalists are back onboard BC Ferries to deliver entertaining and educational programs about the spectacular natural scenery and environment of the south coast of British Columbia.

Seven qualified and enthusiastic young naturalists will host the programs this season, sharing insights and interesting stories about local wildlife, the marine environment, historical events, and places to explore including Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

“Passengers onboard BC Ferries can’t help but feel inspired by the beautiful surroundings of the Gulf Islands and the Coastal Naturalists help enrich that experience by highlighting the unique animals and plants that live there,” said Geoff Dickson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Food and Retail Operations.
Approximately 130,000 people participated in Coastal Naturalist programs last summer, onboard more than 1,300 summer sailings. “Customer comments demonstrated overwhelming support for the program and a desire to see it continue in future years,” said Dickson.

The program will run on the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay and Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay routes from June 28 to September 1. Visit for a detailed schedule of the Coastal Naturalists Presentations.

The Coastal Naturalist program is presented by BC Ferries in partnership with Parks Canada, which provides training and resource material to the naturalists. Parks Canada manages seven national parks in British Columbia, including Gulf Islands National Park Reserve near Victoria and Pacific Rim National Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island. For more information on Canada’s national parks visit

For full information on Nanaimo BC Ferries Scheduling and Fares use this Nanaimo Info LINK.


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