Swartz Bay is located on the north end of the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Victoria. Swartz Bay was named after John Aaron Swart, who purchased the land around the bay in 1876, however, the name was incorrectly spelled when it was adopted by the Government.
Swartz Bay was first suggested as a ferry terminal in 1889 to connect Vancouver Island to the mainland. In 1959, the search for a new ferry terminal north of Victoria involved consideration of existing ferry facilities at Sidney. Swartz Bay was chosen instead because of the natural sheltered harbor and shorter distance, although a paved extension of the Patricia Bay Highway was necessary. The first scheduled sailing from the new terminal was on June 15, 1960.
A major expansion of the terminal was completed in 2006 that involved the replacement of old marine structures, a counter-weighted ramp lift system, and new floating berth. The facility now covers more than 30 acres (12.1 ha) and provides BC Ferry service to the Tsawwassen Terminal on the mainland, as well as all the major southern Gulf Islands. Read more here and here. Download the latest version of the CoastView app and explore more of Swartz Bay here: