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Nanaimo Port Authority, Snuneymuxw, and City of Nanaimo Begin Discussions with Island Ferry

Mar 07, 2017

The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) is beginning discussions regarding the development of a lease agreement for port infrastructure to support a passenger-only ferry service between Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver.

The parties to the original Letter of Expression, the Nanaimo Port Authority, the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the City of Nanaimo appointed a Technical Advisor Group (TAG) who reviewed the service applications and identified Island Ferry Services Ltd. (IFSL) as the Preliminary Preferred Proponent to discuss operating a service out of Nanaimo.

The NPA will be reaching out to IFSL immediately to discuss their proposed service and operational needs



“IFSL is pleased to be moving forward to establish this highly-desired service. We have been, and remain committed, to providing a dependable, affordable transportation alternative to the Nanaimo and midVancouver Island community.” Stewart Vinnels, President, Island Ferry Services Ltd.,

“The NPA has been working toward securing an operator for a passenger only ferry service and is extremely excited that we are now in a position to finalize a long term agreement with a potential carrier.” Bernie Dumas, President & CEO Nanaimo Port Authority.

“All projects proposed on Snuneymuxw waters must be considered in light of our ongoing work to enhance and protect our fisheries. Snuneymuxw stands with our partners in the region to promote development that is beneficial to the quality of life of all people that live in our territory, is of mutual benefit, and respects the environment and our treaty-protected fisheries.” Doug White, Snuneymuxw Chief Negotiator


Nanaimo Port Authority - Bernie Dumas – 250-753- 4146, bdumas(at)
Snuneymuxw First Nation - Doug White – 250-756-7563, dwhite(at)
City of Nanaimo - Phillip Cooper – 250-755-4532, philip.cooper(at)
Island Ferry Services Ltd. - David Marshall – 250-217-2925, dmarshall(at)