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The Burrard Beaver SeaBus gets a new look

The Burrard Beaver's new look. Photo by Laura Wilby.

One of our older SeaBuses, the Burrard Beaver, got a new look last week!

Chris Cassidy of Bus Shots fame kindly shared these photos of the Beaver in TransLink’s new colour scheme (also known as “livery”), matching the Burrard Pacific Breeze, which is the newest member of the SeaBus family. (For comparison, here’s pictures of the Pacific Breeze’s first sailing!)

Chris also had a few more shots to share: read on to see them below. I’ve also included a pic of the SeaBus’s old livery.

The Burrard Beaver's new look. Photo by Chris Cassidy.

The Burrard Beaver's new look. Photo by Chris Cassidy.

And for comparison’s sake, here’s one of our own pictures of the SeaBus’s old look.

The old SeaBus livery!

And as I’m sure some of you are wondering, I’m told the Burrard Otter is not being repainted at this time. So there’s still one boat devoted to our old look on the water :)

Edit: You can check out more photos of the Burrard Beaver’s new look at the gallery. Thanks @buspicscanada for tweeting them to us!


  • By shane, June 11, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    great photos

  • By Derek Cheung CMBC, June 11, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    The Burrard Beaver is now sporting her fourth livery. Don’t forget the original orange, followed by the BC Transit red, white & blue!

  • By ;-), June 11, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    For those that don’t remember the original colour…

  • By Stefan, June 12, 2012 @ 12:55 am

    …Taken from the interior of a CCF-Brill trolleybus, no less!

  • By Robert, June 12, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Nice photos. Any update on the timetable for construction of the second replacement Seabus? This was already in the 2010 base plan; see first blue box in this link from an earlier Buzzer Blog entry:

  • By kr2101, June 12, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    Burrard Beaver has it’s 4th look. 1st was the orange color. (Would still bring it back for old time’s sake.) 2’nd was BC Transit’s scheme. 3rd was the CMBC’s color look. (Would rather leave it as it is.) 4th the new Translink’s look.

  • By VanTransitFan, June 12, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    I love the Beaver’s new look. :)

  • By Sean Nelson, June 13, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    Here’s a shot I took of the orange Seabus back in 1981:

    Back then I heard talk about safety concerns – the fear was that the frequent north/south Seabus crossings would conflict with the mainstream east/west traffic in the harbour. That was used as an argument against the introduction of the white/red/blue livery.

    These days I don’t think there’s much question that the Seabus has proven itself to be very safe.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, June 13, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Sean: yes indeed, I think safety seems to be a moot point with the SeaBus these days. Also, that’s a great photo. Mind if we showcase it on the blog and/or tweet it out sometime?

  • By kr2101, June 13, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Are they goina do the same with the Burrard Otter?

  • By Sean Nelson, June 13, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    Showcase away to your heart’s content, Jhenifer!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, June 13, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    Thanks Sean!

  • By Brian, June 13, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    Is the Otter going to be retired, or will Translink keep operating all 3 SeaBus vessels?

  • By Jenna, June 19, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    The Beaver looks very zippy in its new livery!

  • By kr2101, June 28, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    Is Burrard Otter goina be repainted similar to the Beaver? Yes or no

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, July 24, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    kr2101: Not as far as I know right now.

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