Route 3

Horseshoe Bay (W. Vancouver) to Langdale (Sunshine Coast)

Voyage Distance: 19.4 km
Voyage Time: 40 minutes
Queen of Surrey
Queen of Coquitlam ( Seasonal )
Sailing Frequency: 8-10 round trips per day


This spectacular 40 minute cruise across Howe Sound passes through numerous islands and offers great views of the majestic Coastal Mountain Range. The Queen of Surrey leaves Horseshoe Bay and sails between Gambier Island and Bowen Island (then Keats Island) before docking at the Langdale ferry terminal on the north side of Howe Sound. Highway 101 begins at Langdale and runs north through Gibsons, Sechelt, Powell River, and terminates at Lund.

Like most of the major routes, Route 3 can get very busy on weekends and during holidays. At these times, an extra ferry (usually the Queen of Esquimalt ) is often put on the route. BC Ferries offers reservations in both directions for a fee. Payment for this route is only collected at Horseshoe Bay. The return trip off the Sunshine Coast is "free".

Horseshoe Bay is well served by public transit through West Vancouver's Blue Buses (part of Translink). Buses leave for downtown Vancouver about every 30 minutes throughout the day and express buses often meet incoming ferries. In Langdale, there is also public transit from the terminal to the towns of Gibsons and Sechelt. Langdale is also the terminus for a passenger ferry service to Gambier and Keats Island.


The Gibsons - Horseshoe Bay route was established by the Black Ball Line in 1951. In 1955, the Sunshine Coast terminal was moved to Langdale. BC Ferries took over the route in 1961.

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