A new passenger only ferry service will launch between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver this summer.
The ferry line called Hullo, by the Vancouver Island Ferry Company (VIFC), are high-speed, passenger-only catamarans that will offer guests a seamless and enjoyable 70-minute crossings with up to seven roundtrip sailings planned daily.
Construction has also officially begun on the terminal, which will include more than 400 parking stalls, EV charging stations, connected travel options, a guest welcome centre, and proper traffic and transit flow optimizations. Hullo’s two new 354-passenger high-speed vessels are currently undergoing final tests and sea trials at the Damen Group facility in Vietnam and will set sail to Vancouver Island this month.
“The vessels are built and going through rigorous sea trials and the terminal areas are in the process of being upgraded to welcome our guests. Hullo is in ship-shape and almost ready to serve its communities,” said Alastair Caddick, CEO of VIFC. “We have assembled a passionate and experienced team, recruiting impeccable individuals who will offer B.C. travelers an enjoyable, reliable, and efficient travel experience to and from the mainland. After carefully listening to the needs and expectations of British Columbians, we are thrilled to provide a service that strengthens connections between friends and family on both sides of the Georgia Strait.”
The sailings will travel between downtown Nanaimo at the Nanaimo Port Authority, located at 100 Port Dr., and downtown Vancouver at the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre at Burrard Landing, located at 1055 Canada Pl.
Guests will be able to reserve seats across three (3) service tiers – Comfort, Premium, and Business, each catering to various guests needs. Complimentary Wi-Fi will be available for all guests traveling Hullo with a fresh selection of treats available on board.