Coastal Ferry Routes

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - GeoBC
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

The locations of coastal ferry routes in British Columbia. This includes ferries in coastal waters like BC Ferries, barges, water taxis, etc. but does not include freshwater ferries on inland rivers or lakes.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.2° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -122.5°

Additional Information


To show the locations of all ferry routes in coastal British Columbia waters that will aid in the planning and support for emergency response along the coast.

Contact Information

NameGeoBC Inquiries (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

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Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2014-12-16
Record Last Modified 2019-05-02
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Comments: A FERRY ROUTE is a line that represents the route a marine vessel follows while carrying passengers, freight or vehicles from one destination to another.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
FERRY_ROUTE_ID FERRY_ID NUMBER 10 FERRY ROUTE ID is the unique Identifier for a particular ferry route. This is a primary key, e.g., 1,2,3
ROUTE_NAME ROUTE VARCHAR2 100 ROUTE NAME is a mandatory textual description of the two (or more) locations between which the ferry travels. In some cases, the ROUTE NAME is also an indication of the type of ferry service offered, e.g., North Thormanby Island Water Taxi, Swartz Bay - Fulford Harbour
MANIFEST_TYPE TYPE VARCHAR2 30 MANIFEST TYPE is a textual description of the type of cargo carried by the ferry, e.g., passenger, freight, vehicle, passenger and freight, all
ROUTE_OPERATOR OPERATOR VARCHAR2 50 ROUTE OPERATOR is the name of the company or corporation that is responsible for the daily operation of the ferry, e.g., BC Ferries, Van Isle Barge Services Ltd.
ROUND_TRIP_USAGE ROUND_TRIP NUMBER 5 ROUND TRIP USAGE is an estimate of the number of MANIFEST TYPE units that are ferried back and forth (round trip) from one starting point on the route to the other end of the route and back to the starting point. So, for example, if the ROUND TRIP USAGE is 1350 and the MANIFEST TYPE is "freight and vehicles", this means that this FERRY ROUTE transports 1350 freight and vehicles per round trip. Some of the ferry routes that support higher traffic have more than one ferry on the route. One ferry starts at one end and the other ferry starts at the other end. The ROUND TRIP USAGE for higher traffic routes is the combined total units tranported by all the ferries on the route, e.g., 1350
FREQUENCY_OF_USE_IND FREQ_USE VARCHAR2 10 FREQUENCY OF USE IND is a textual indication of the usage load of the ferry. FREQUENCY OF USE IND will be one of the following: Very Low, Low, Moderate, High, Very High, Unknown.
DATA_SOURCE DATA_SRC VARCHAR2 50 DATA SOURCE is an indication of the source of the information used to place the FERRY ROUTE linework, e.g., Digital Road Atlas
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a required attribute of feature classes and object classes in a geodatabase.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.
FEATURE_LENGTH_M NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters