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New SeaBus sailing into town tomorrow

The new SeaBus, the Burrard Pacific Breeze, at its christening ceremony in July.

The new SeaBus, the Burrard Pacific Breeze, at its christening ceremony in July.

Keep an eye out for the new SeaBus—the Burrard Pacific Breeze—sailing in from Victoria on Friday, October 9.

The SeaBus is scheduled to leave Victoria at about 9 a.m., with a tentative arrival time of 2:30 p.m. in Burrard Inlet. (Send me your photos if you snap any, and I’ll post them up here!)

The Burrard Pacific Breeze will be heading for the North SeaBus terminal, where it will then undergo sea trials, staff training, and certification by Transport Canada. Once that’s through, the SeaBus will enter revenue service, which we estimate to be in December or so.

And to tide you over in the meantime, here’s some photos from the christening of the Burrard Pacific Breeze, if you haven’t seen them before.


  • By zack, October 8, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

    Yaaaahooooo!!!! :D I can’t wait to see the new SeaBus :D One question though, are they going to have the same new seating like the new buses and SkyTrain?

  • By David Lam, October 8, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

    I will try and see what I can do tomorrow……

    Just to inform other photographers who may be thinking of going tomorrow – you will be shooting against the sun, maybe not RIGHT into the sun, depending on which way / how does the boat approach the terminal (Lonsdale Quay?), so keep in mind there’s a risk associated with the potential photo op!


  • By John Hodgkins, October 9, 2009 @ 12:08 am

    Great pictures from the christening, Jhenifer.

    Do tell, were there two cakes – or was there some emergency surgery to fill in the missing word “bless” before the later pictures?

  • By Mr. Kelly Reaburn, October 9, 2009 @ 12:38 am

    Will there be anything special once the 3’rd Seabus enters the terminal at 2:30?

  • By Jimbo J., October 9, 2009 @ 8:26 am

    What is the plan for the seabuses again? Is the Breeze going to replace one of the existing vessels or will the service be increased to three?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, October 9, 2009 @ 9:57 am

    John — I’m not sure what happened with the cake! The photographs came from Charlotte, who works with CMBC communications. It did look delicious though.

    Kelly: I haven’t heard of anything special planned for the arrival at 2:30 p.m. Not to say that people aren’t excited — I know SeaBus is very happy to see it!

    Jimbo: Check out the comments in this post for full detail, but here’s a brief overview. The plan for the SeaBuses is dependent on the funding determined by the Mayors’ Council at the end of October. The max level funding (around 450m) would give us 3 SeaBuses. At the other two levels of funding (130m, no new funding) this new SeaBus would replace one of the existing vessels. The other older vessel would then eventually be replaced by another newly built SeaBus. (As of now, though, our CEO has talked about expecting the 130m level of funding.)

  • By Jamey, October 9, 2009 @ 10:50 am

    do you know where its going to dock? i heard that the seabus sits too high off the water and will hit the seabus terminal…

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, October 9, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    It’s docking at the North Terminal (Lonsdale Quay). The west side roof has already been modified to accommodate the new SeaBus.

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