Since June 7, 1957 the Albion Ferry has transported passengers for free across the Fraser River and this morning John sent me a link to an ad on Craigslist that appears to be selling off the ferry boats.
With the opening of the new Golden Ears Bridge the ferry will no longer be in operation, returning Glover Road to the quiet community of Fort Langley on July 31st, 2009. It’s a shame since outside of peak rush hours (that would sometimes see 7 sailing waits) it was a nice little boat ride across the river.
“It will be sad to see it go,” said Albion Ferry President Dave Miller in a statement. The ferry, introduced in 1957, makes about 80 trips per day, moving 4,500 vehicles; the bridge will provide for several thousand vehicles to cross in each direction per hour. [The Province]
The ferry terminal on the Maple Ridge side had been designated as an official historical place and there’s talk that they might keep it going if investors step up. However, with the ad already on Craigslist and only a few interested parties so far (including Washington State) the future of the ferries is still pretty uncertain.