Nanaimo Harbour ferry terminal. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo Harbour ferry terminal. (News Bulletin file)

B.C. Ferries eliminating Nanaimo Harbour public parking as hybrid ferry service starts

Two-ship service to and from Gabriola Island starting next week

Parking will be tighter around Nanaimo Harbour ferry terminal when a pair of new hybrid ferries begin service to Gabriola Island next week.

In a press release, B.C. Ferries said it will close its public pay parking at the downtown Nanaimo terminal when the ferries begin service on April 12, with 12 parking spots now going to staff, “and to maximize space inside the holding compound for loading efficiency during two-vessel operations.”

For people wishing for paid parking, there are parkades at the Port Theatre and on Bastion Street, the press release noted.

B.C. Ferries said it apologized for the inconvenience the change may cause customers and appreciates people’s ongoing patience.

The new ferries can accommodate 47 vehicles and up to 450 passengers.

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