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MILL BAY FERRY

MILL BAY – BRENTWOOD BAY FERRY

Driving ‘up-island’ on the Malahat is one of the most scenic drives on the island.  I would certainly recommend driving north from Victoria up the Malahat to whatever destination you have planned … but if you want something different on the way back, you might try taking the Mill Bay Ferry which runs from the community of Mill Bay (just before the southern section of the Malahat) across Saanich Inlet to the community of Brentwood Bay and then down to Victoria from there.

History of The Malahat Drive

‘The Malahat’ is the term commonly applied to the Malahat Drive, a 25 km (15.5 mi) portion of the Trans Canada Highway #1 running along the west side of Saanich Inlet and to the region surrounding it. The road was first cut as a cattle trail in 1861, and was then upgraded to wagon road standards in 1884. It became a paved road in 1911. Its name comes from the Malahat First Nation, whose ancestors used the caves for spiritual enhancement.

The Malahat Drive climbs to a summit of 356 m (1,156 ft), and the mountain is considered one of the most sacred sites on southern Vancouver Island.

THE MILL BAY FERRY

MV Mill Bay was a Canadian ferry. At 37.49 metres (123 ft) long, it was BC Ferries’ second smallest ship. It holds 16 vehicles (tied with the MV Nimpkish), 138 passengers and crew, and its maximum speed is 9 knots (17 km/h). The Mill Bay operated in the Brentwood Bay-Mill Bay route across Saanich Inlet on Vancouver Island.

MV Mill Bay is equipped with three lanes for cars, two with no height restriction and one lane that passes under the superstructure for the wheelhouse. Since the trip across the inlet takes only 20 minutesMill Bay does not have very many amenities. She does have restrooms for passengers but they are not accessible to handicapped persons.

The Mill Bay is powered by an L. Gardner and Sons model 8L3 straight-eight engine that generates 152 hp (113 kW) . She burns diesel fuel at the rate of 14 litres/hour (3.7 gallons/hour) and is the most fuel efficient active vessel in the BC Ferries fleet.

 

Leave Brentwood Bay                                                          Leave Mill Bay

7:30 am Daily except Sun
8:40 am Daily
9:50 am Daily
11:00 am Daily
1:15 pm Daily
2:25 pm Daily
3:35 pm Daily
4:45 pm Daily
5:55 pm Daily
8:05 am Daily except Sun
9:15 am Daily
10:25 am Daily
11:35 am Daily
1:50 pm Daily
3:00 pm Daily
4:10 pm Daily
5:20 pm Daily
6:30 pm Daily
FARES:
Effective November 1, 2015

 

Service Between  MILL BAY – BRENTWOOD BAY  ONE WAY

FARE

PASSENGER (Foot or Vehicle)
-12 years or older 6.80
-5 to 11 years old 3.40
-Under 5 years old FREE
BC RESIDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (Documentation Required)
-Student (school event) 12 to 18 years old FREE
-5 to 11 years old FREE
Permanently Disabled & Escort 12 years or older 3.40
5 to 11 years old 1.70
Senior (Monday to Thursday excluding Statutory Holidays) FREE
STANDARD VEHICLE (Excludes Driver & Passengers) e.g. Cars, Trucks, Motorhomes – Find Out More
Vehicle Length up to 20 Feet 15.70 – extra length rate over 20 Feet (per foot) 1.75
Motorcycle 7.85
BUS – per foot (licensed to carry 16 or more passengers) 1.35
COMMERCIAL – per foot (vehicles over 5500 kg/GVW) 1.75
BICYCLE or STOWAGE 2.00
PAYMENT of FARES:
– Cash, Travellers Cheque or Prepaid Paper Ticket Only.
– Credit and Debit Card and Experience CardTM are NOT accepted at this time.

Prepaid Fares for Frequent Travellers

Prepaid fares are available for adults and passenger vehicles on many routes. Frequent travellers can access these fares by loading a minimum amount of money to a BC Ferries Experience™ Card. Prepaid fares are also available by purchasing prepaid ticket books (prices vary by ticket type and by route).

If you are travelling the Brentwood Bay-Mill Bay route, prepaid fares can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Thrifty Foods
    Broadmead: 100-777 Royal Oak Drive, Victoria, BC V8X 4V1
    Sidney: 9810 7th Street, Sidney, BC V8L 4W6
    Central Saanich: 7860 Wallace Drive, Saanichton, BC V8M 2B3
    Mill Bay: 50-2720 Mill Bay Road, Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P1
  • Mill Bay Shell Service Station
    828 Deloume Road, Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P2
PREPAID FARE 12 years or older 4.25
5 to 11 years old 2.10
Standard Vehicle (up to 20 Feet) 10.10

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About the Author:

I've lived in Victoria over 30 years and I still can't believe how great this city really is! My husband, Bruce, and I have traveled the world but coming home to Victoria is still quite often a celebration. Together, we want to share our love of the city and the area by giving you an 'insider's' insights of where to go - what to do - and how to get there!

7 Comments

  1. Sophie Braker May 19, 2017 at 5:50 am - Reply

    Where can I pre purchase ferry tickets in Brentwood bay

    • Linda May 19, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

      I don’t believe you can pre-book on this ferry. It’s a small ferry and operates on a first-come/first-serve basis. It runs about (more or less) every hour. You can check the schedule here: http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/mainland/bbmb-current.php
      Cheers! Linda

    • Carol Halliwell August 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      You can pre-purchase discounted ferry tickets at Thrifty’s grocery stores in Sydney (for Brentwood ferry) and Mill Bay for that ferry, and use credit cards. It should be noted that you can’t use credit cards to purchase when you’re actually on the ferry. It’s advisable to have cash.

  2. Ross S October 2, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for this info on where to buy the prepaid paper ticket for Brentwood bay because I was surprised that the BC Ferry web side dose not say where you can buy the cheaper paper ticket…

  3. David Erickson May 1, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Just came across your comment section. Tickets to the ferry can also be purchased at a discount from Thrifty’s in Saanichton and the Shell station. Handy for the locals living close to Brentwood Bay. If you are a BC resident and a senior and go Mon-Thursday, you ride free, you just pay for your car.

    • Linda May 2, 2018 at 7:32 am - Reply

      Thanks David … I have just up-dated the post to reflect that. I knew about it but had forgotten so I really appreciate the reminder! Cheers! linda

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