VIFC Nanaimo Assembly Wharf Passenger Ferry

VIFC Limited Partnership (VIFC) is proposing to operate a passenger ferry service between Nanaimo Harbour and Vancouver Harbour utilizing two (2) modern high-speed passenger only Damen 4212 catamaran vessels. VIFC will be based in Nanaimo and operate from two central-located marine terminals with up to 10 return trip sailings per day during peak periods.

VIFC has made application to the Nanaimo Port Authority for approval to undertake and complete infrastructure modifications and upgrades at the Port Authority's Nanaimo Assembly Wharf lands and passenger Terminal. The infrastructure works will include modifications to existing parking facilities, installation of EV charging stations, ticketing kiosks, public regional bus loop, car share and rental car stations and a two-storey passenger services lounge. 

Site works include ground disturbance for building foundation (1400 sq. ft.), utility trenching to extend existing services, asphalt resurfacing, storm water management infrastructure and lighting modifications. Other over land works include, line painting, soft and hard landscaping, signage for wayfinding and access control gates. Marine float works will include electrical, water and black water systems to be installed on existing marine infrastructure to service the vessels. No in water works are required and all other works will be completed on land above high water.


Latest update

Notice of Determination August 14, 2023 - VIFC Nanaimo Assembly Wharf Passenger Ferry Nanaimo, B.C.

The Nanaimo Port Authority has determined that the proposed VIFC Nanaimo Assembly Wharf Passenger Ferry located at the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf, Nanaimo, B.C. is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Doug Wood, Health Safety and Environmental Manager
100 Port Drive
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 0C7
Telephone: 250-753-4146 ext. 245

  • Location

    • Nanaimo (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    VIFC Limited Partnership
  • Authorities

    • Nanaimo Port Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
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