Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast include some of my favourite getaway destinations for a day trip, weekend visit, an extended stay, or for business. Of course to reach these ports of call a ferry trip is required along with browsing schedules, booking a reservation, checking in on wait times, line-ups, and more.
While this information could have been useful before the long weekend, I thought I would highlight some mobile apps for BC Ferries (and more) that have been created by third parties that just might help with your future crossings:
Features: Ferry Rush BC provides ferry capacity for all major ferry terminals in British Columbia in a super-clean, easy-to-use format. Swipe between routes and see future crossing times along with their capacities.
Notes: I used this recently when visiting the Sunshine Coast as I left Painted Boat Resort in Madeira Park and headed toward the Langdale Terminal through Gibsons. The information was accurate and up-to-the-minute.
Download Link: iPhone
Features: Ferries App provides quick and easy access to BC Ferries schedules while you are on the go. All of the data is stored offline so you can use it even when you have no internet.
Notes: I do like the abundance of schedules all listed, and sorted by time of year, however I would need the upgrade to the pay version to get all of the information I am looking for (or use another free app).
Download Link (free) fewer routes listed: iPhone and iPad, Android
Download Link ($1.99) no ads version, all routes: iPhone and iPad, Android
Crossing the Pond
Features: Check travel and weather information about Vancouver Island, including BC Ferries, Washington Ferries, HeliJet, seaplane and airplane flights that get you to and from the mainland to your island destinations.
Notes: I love that you can look up schedules for the Washington State Ferries as well as seaplanes and more. For any expanded services like reservations and full schedules it re-directs you to the BC Ferries website or phone number.
Download Link (free): iPhone
These three apps all have their pros and cons, but they do make a lot of information available at your finger tips. I think if you already know your travel date and time, then Ferry Rush will be the most useful. If you’re visiting or planning a more complex route (by car, ferry, or seaplane) then Crossing the Pond is your best bet. For simple access to schedules, then Ferries it is. If you already have a favourite ferry app, please feel free to leave a recommendation in the comments.