In the mid 1800s The Hudson Bay Company was the early pioneer of freight services and passengers between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. By 1901, the Canadian Pacific Railway had basically taken over the transportation side of things until the 1960s.

By the late 1950s Premier W.A.C Bennett realized the need for continual reliable ferry services on the West Coast and announced that the British Columbia Ferry Authority would be taking over that service under directive of the Provincial Government.

BC Ferries began with just two ships, only two terminals and about 200 employees.Today they sail with 35 ships with almost 50 destinations and upward of 4700 employees.

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