WATCH: High-speed V2V Vacations catamaran arrives in Victoria
Passenger ferry service from downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver is one step closer to reality, after the arrival of a new vessel for V2V Vacations.
Guided by a tug boat, Victoria’s newest passenger ferry made its way into the Inner Harbour Wednesday morning.
The ship, called the Famille Dufour II, completed a journey of 7,800 nautical miles from its previous home in Quebec where it was used as a high-speed ferry.
After being loaded on a cargo ship in Halifax, it was transported to Florida and then put on another ship to go through the Panama Canal.
It will now undergo a refit before taking to the water as the new ferry for V2V Vacations, will which provide passenger service linking Victoria and Vancouver harbours.
“We’re celebrating this as a major milestone in our project,” says Nick Cheong of V2V Vacations. “We’re all really excited. This was a process we started back in December where we encountered a number of challenges, not the least of which is the St Lawrence freezes up at the time so we were tight for time and we had to get it out of the river before everything went pear-shaped.”
Officials say the refit will likely start in late May and take five to six months with the new harbour-to-harbour ferry service launching in Spring of 2017.
The high-speed catamaran will carry about 300 passengers at a cost of about $80 per person.
The Victoria Clipper recently announced a similar service that is expected to start this summer