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Pets allowed on BC Ferries outer decks on more routes

Dogs and cats can rejoice with a bit more freedom on more BC Ferries’ routes.

The company is allowing dogs on leashes and cats in carriers on the upper outside decks on the Comox – Powell River and Departure Bay – Horseshoe Bay routes.

This expansion comes after a pilot project on the Earl’s Cove – Saltery Bay route last fall, which was received with a positive response. During that time, around one thousand pets travelled on the ship and 90 per cent of survey respondents were in favour of expanding pet areas to other routes.

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The ferry company will provide waste bags and water bowls and the area will be routinely cleaned.

There are some stipulations for pets, per BC Ferries:

  • On the outer decks, dogs must be on a one-metre leash at all times and cats must be in a travel carrier.
  • There is a specific designated stairwell and a restricted elevator for entry to the outer deck. (Paw prints on the deck mark access points).
  • Pets must stay in a designated pet area.
  • Limit of two dogs per owner.

BC Ferries will be holding a survey for 60-days to gain feedback on how the expansion is received.

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