The long-anticipated redevelopment of the Crofton ferry terminal and berth rebuild is now expected to be completed in time for the summer of 2027.
In a letter to the Municipality of North Cowichan in response to concerns that had been raised about traffic congestion around the Crofton ferry terminal, Brian Anderson, BC Ferries’ vice-president of strategy and community engagement, said the redevelopment of the terminal is an important project to address operational and community concerns.
He said work is currently underway to update the two concept proposals for the terminal, consult with First Nations, finalize engineering designs, negotiate any lease or community partnership agreements and prepare the work packages for construction.
“Updates on all our major projects and engagements will be provided shortly through our online platform,” Anderson said.
“We will also be issuing an update on the plans for the Crofton and Vesuvius terminals in the local paper. We appreciate the excellent support of [North Cowichan’s] staff to date and look forward to continued collaboration as we work to rebuild and redevelop the Crofton ferry terminal to support the growth of this important travel connection.”
The ferry company’s terminal development team, along with staff from various other BC Ferries departments, began the process of creating a long-term plan for the Crofton terminal in early 2019, but the planning for the redevelopment of the terminal had been put on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BC Ferries said at the time that the two proposed draft plans for the project were complete and awaiting internal approvals, but the impact of the pandemic had caused a slowdown of all the Crown corporation’s capital projects, including the Crofton ferry terminal upgrades.
The first concept for the ferry upgrades included rebuilding the existing trestle to the ferry and making it wider; improved pedestrian accessibility; a dedicated pick-up/drop-off spot, long-term parking and expanded boat trailer parking off Chaplin Street; and a separation of local and ferry traffic along Chaplin while retaining the skate park at its current location.
The second concept included creating a new trestle and making the existing one a pedestrian pier; retaining and enhancing the current boat launch; an optional long-term parking lot off Chaplin Street; and a waterfront parking lot amid a pedestrian park and plaza.