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BC Ferries soon to sell alcoholic beverages on three of its major routes

Alcoholic beverage sales coming to BC Ferries 3 biggest routes

The next time you go to Vancouver Island you may be able to get your drink on

The company says it will begin serving beer and wine “in the coming months”

BC Ferries had a successful five month test run between October 2019 and March 2020 that sold beer and wine at the Pacific Buffet.

“BC Ferries continually seeks ways to enhance and add value to our customers’ experience and offering alcoholic beverages in select Coastal Cafes is in response to customer feedback,” the company wrote in a release.

The ferry company has applied to the B.C. liquor and cannabis regulation branch for liquor licences that will allow the sale and service of alcohol with the purchase of a meal in select Coastal Cafés along important routes between the mainland and Vancouver Island. A tentative approval has been obtained, and ferry passengers can expect to order a drink before the end of summer 2022, pending final evaluation.

The liquor beverage will be available at three major routes:

  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Swartz Bay (Victoria)
  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Duke Point (Nanaimo)
  • Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) – Departure Bay (Nanaimo)

“It will be served in limited quantities by staff who have their Serving It Right certification. Under the conditions of our licenses, alcoholic beverages will be limited to two drinks per customer 19 years of age or older, and must be purchased with a meal.”

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