Ferry Service

Ferries have served Denman Island for close to 100 years. This colourful history continues with the world’s longest cable ferry – the Baynes Sound Connector.

Private ferry service from Buckley Bay to Denman Island began in the early 1920s. The B.C. government began providing public service in 1954 with a ferry named the “Catherine Graham” after a Denman Island baby who had been born on the private ferry (The Moniker) on January 15, 1937. BC Ferries continues to provide ferry service from Vancouver Island to Denman Island and from Denman Island to Hornby Island.

A milestone in ferry service took place in February 2016 when the Baynes Sound Connector cable ferry began providing service between Buckley Bay and Denman Island, replacing the diesel-powered Quinitsa ferry. The 1,900-metre crossing is the longest in the world served by a cable ferry. With no propellers and greater fuel efficiency than conventional ferries, a cable ferry is considered a more sustainable and “greener” alternative to diesel-powered marine transportation.

Many people travel to Denman Island in order to get to the Hornby Island ferry terminal in Gravelly Bay on Denman’s southeast coast. Did you know your round-trip Hornby ferry ticket allows you to stay on Denman as long as you wish? It’s worth making a two-island trip to experience the distinctive characters of these northern Gulf Islands!

Vancouver Island – Denman Island (Buckley Bay – Denman West) Ferry Schedule

Denman Island – Hornby Island (Gravelly Bay – Shingle Spit) Ferry Schedule

Contact BC Ferries at www.bcferries.ca or 1-888-223-3779 for route information and reservations on the routes between Vancouver Island and the B.C. Mainland.