The Bowen Queen has a slightly larger capacity than its predecessor on the Crofton-Vesuvius route. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Bowen Queen has a slightly larger capacity than its predecessor on the Crofton-Vesuvius route. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Bowen Queen on the Crofton-Vesuvius ferry route until October

MV Quinitsa temporarily moved to Buckley Bay

The Bowen Queen is back on the Crofton-Vesuvius route, but for a much longer duration this time.

The ferry once served as a temporary replacement for the MV Quinitsa from Dec. 1-9, 2019. It returned again on April Fool’s Day this year – not a joke – and is due to remain in service on the route until Oct. 11.

“The MV Bowen Queen has more vehicle capacity and has better operational speed than the MV Quinitsa,” noted Astrid Chang, manager of corporate communications for British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. “Passengers are advised the MV Bowen Queen has washroom facilities available on the car deck during the voyage.”

BC Ferries points out there is limited over height space due to the deck configuration of the Bowen Queen so all vehicles over 6’8” in height will be sorted to the over height lanes to maximize loading capacity.

“The Quinitsa has moved to Buckley Bay so the Baynes Sound Connector can undergo annual planned maintenance,” explained Chang.

The Howe Sound Queen that operated on the Crofton-Vesuvius route since 1992 was taken out of service in 2019. The vessel was sold in an auction.

Related story: Howe Sound Queen sailing toward retirement

The MV Quinitsa was put into service as its replacement after previously being on the Denman Island-Buckley Bay route.

The Quinitsa was built in 1977, making it about 13 years younger than the Howe Sound Queen, but with a slightly smaller capacity for vehicles. It will be back to take over for the Bowen Queen in the next round of ferry roulette after the Thanksgiving weekend.

For up-to-date sailing and departure information, customers can follow @BC Ferries on Twitter, visit the Current Conditions webpage at or call toll free at 1-888-223-3779.



The Bowen Queen pulls away from the Crofton dock and heads towards Salt Spring Island. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Bowen Queen pulls away from the Crofton dock and heads towards Salt Spring Island. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Bowen Queen heads toward Salt Spring Island from Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Bowen Queen heads toward Salt Spring Island from Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Just Posted

Allayah Yoli Thomas had recently turned 12 years old when she died of a suspected drug overdose April 15. (Courtesy of Adriana Londono)
Suspected overdose death of Saanich girl, 12, speaks to lack of supports, says mom

Allayah Yoli Thomas was found dead by her friend the morning of April 15

The Malahat SkyWalk will open to visitors in July 2021. (Malahat SkyWalk photo)
Malahat SkyWalk will open to visitors this July

Highly anticipated attraction will take guests 250m above sea level

Port Alberni RCMP are investigating a homicide on Third Avenue. (SUSAN QUINN / Alberni Valley News)
RCMP investigating homicide in Port Alberni apartment

Investigators are still trying to determine the identity of the deceased

A man who allegedly spat at and yelled racial slurs at an Asian family was arrested for hate-motivated assault Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man arrested for allegedly spitting, yelling anti-Asian racial slurs at a mother and kids

The man was arrested for hate-motivated assault near Quadra Elementary School Tuesday

Victoria police said Wednesday that they continue to look for Belinda Ann Cameron, who was last seen on May 5, 2005. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
Victoria police still looking for Belinda Cameron who was last seen 16 years ago

Cameron was reported missing on June 4, 2005, and her case is deemed suspicious

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O���Connell photo)
VIDEO: Workers, activists clash at site of Vancouver Island logging operation

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

James Taylor, a Saanich resident and member of the Curve Lake First Nation, walked all over Greater Victoria on May 5 in honour of Red Dress Day and the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (Devon Bidal/News staff)
Indigenous man walks Greater Victoria to honour missing and murdered women and girls

James Taylor’s march among many ways Islanders marked Red Dress Day

More than 6,000 camping reservations in British Columbia were cancelled as a result of a provincial order limiting travel between health regions. (Unsplash)
1 in 4 camping reservations cancelled in B.C. amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

More than 6,000 BC Parks campsite reservations for between April 19 and May 25 have been revoked

B.C. average home price and sales level to 2023, showing steep drop in sales expected next year. (Central 1)
Forecast calls for B.C. home sales to ‘explode,’ then drop off

Average price to rise another 10% in 2021, credit unions say

Illegal goods seized in the simultaneous April 23 busts in Saanich and Sooke. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
RCMP drug busts net trucks, cocaine, cash and Hells Angels gear

Simultaneous searches coordinated between West Shore, Saanich and Sooke police

Members of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (File photo)
B.C.-wide #DayOfMusic to feature 100-plus free virtual concerts May 15

‘Our colleagues across the province have figured out new ways to perform and connect,’ VSO boss says

Two passengers were recently fined thousands of dollars after they faked their pre-flight COVID-19 test results. (Paul Clarke/Black Press)
2 passengers in Canada fined thousands for faking pre-flight COVID-19 tests

The government issued a warning Thursday to others thinking of doing the same – do it and you’ll be ordered to pay

The Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre on Wilkinson Road in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Police watchdog investigating after man found unresponsive at Saanich jail

Man was in Victoria police custody the day before being found

Victoria police is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this suspect after they allegedly robbed a Douglas Street bank on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
Police seek identity of suspect who allegedly robbed Victoria bank

Officers were called to a bank in the 1000-block of Douglas Street just after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday

Most Read