Upgrades to Langdale Ferry Terminal’s Berth 1 from mid-January to mid-April will result in the temporary closure of the berth for the Langdale-Gambier-Keats (Route 13) service as well. We are pleased to announce that during this period, regular scheduled service to Gambier and Keats aboard Stormaway IV will depart from Gibsons Marina’s berth A-77.
BC Ferries will be installing new industry-standard lights, railings, non-skid surfacing, signage, and a covered waiting area at the Marina to ensure passenger comfort and safety.
While some of these amenities are non-permanent, others will be left in place when the Stormaway returns to its regular berth in Langdale in mid-April.
Boaters are encouraged to be aware of this addition to harbour traffic. Please pick up a copy of the Stormaway schedule in the Marina office.
In 2015, its first year under the ownership of Klaus Fuerniss Enterprises (KFE), the Marina decked the piers with hundreds of lights, and festooned the old Hyak Marine boathouse as well. This year, the Marina team is kicking it up a notch with a display of over 30,000 lights and an invitation to boaters in the harbour to ‘Deck the Hulls.’
Boat owners at any moorage in Gibsons harbour opting to take part and making a $20 donation to RCM-SAR at the Marina office are then entered in a prize draw. Prizes will be drawn on December 16. (Members of the public are welcome to donate as well but the prize draw is only for boat owners.)
A harbour full of festively-lit boats will be a particular feature of the “Light the Landing” event on Dec.10 – when Santa Claus arrives at Gibsons Government Dock aboard “Gear Down.” That evening, following a candlelight procession to the wharf, crowds are expected to watch the Carol Ships muster at 6pm for their sailpast (weather permitting.) Will you be part of this year’s event?
Gibsons Marina has partnered with the Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society (SCSES), donating $1,000 to help fund the summer youth camp program offered at Chapman Creek Hatchery. Receiving the cheque from marina owner Klaus Fuerniss, SCSES Executive Director David Burnett noted that “This grant will help towards communication of this initiative, purchase of supplies, and be the stable funding base on which we can build the youth education program for the future.”
Fuerniss, who acquired the marina in May, 2015, stated that “this partnership will work well with our commitment to education and the environment. Gibsons Marina received the International Blue Flag designation in June of this year in part because of that commitment. We are so pleased to work with the Chapman Creek Hatchery team to help our young people reach a better understanding and enjoyment of our natural marine environment.” Burnett added, “We are very proud to be associated with the West Coast’s first Blue Flag Marina – and we were very excited when they reached out to us to offer assistance when we launched the program.”
The camps are offered in either half-day sessions or full-day, week-long programs for children ages 7 – 12. Instructor Jennifer Callaghan will help campers get up close and personal with Pacific salmon, explore the ecosystems of Chapman Creek and its estuary, and develop outdoor skills. Participants will experience a new ecosystem each day.
Future camps are planned for Pro-D days and Spring Break in the 2016/17 school year. Burnett and Callaghan are working on a module in which children explore the Gibsons Marina ecosystem, incorporating a non-electronic version of the popular Minecraft game.
To learn more, register, and get a 10% discount on fees, visit scsalmon.org or register in person at Gibsons Marina.