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#SeaBus40: Celebrating four decades with a contest! Share your memories and you could win!!!!!

Burrard Otter - Photo Courtesy of SeaBus Marine Attendant Shirley DeRusha

Burrard Otter – Photo Courtesy of SeaBus Marine Attendant Shirley DeRusha

Look at that beauty. All the style and swagger one would expect from a sea-faring vessel that ferries more than 17,000 passengers between downtown and the North Shore each and every weekday. Not to mention the 11-15,000 daily riders on weekends!

Whether it be an Otter, the Pacific Breeze or the now retired Beaver, SeaBus vessels have been sailing the Burrard inlet since June 17, 1977 and we think that deserves not only a mention but a big ol’ party!

In 2016, there were 5.9 million SeaBus boardings!

An old advertisement for the SeaBus.

An old advertisement for the SeaBus.

Contest time!

TransLink is planning an exclusive SeaBus celebration the morning of Wednesday, June 14th and we’re having a contest to give five lucky readers a chance to join us on a special voyage to commemorate this occasion. Winners will also receive a limited edition die-cast SeaBus model!

Die-cast SeaBus model

As part of your winning entry you could win one of five die-cast SeaBus models!

Entering is easy! Let’s take a look back and see what memories YOU have of SeaBus!

Do you have a great story about your first SeaBus ride? How about a video of the launch of the latest Burrard Otter or perhaps you met a friend or romantic partner on a crossing? Share your stories, photos, videos, old fare, past print Buzzer articles – anything SeaBus! Send your submissions our way by commenting with your story below or sharing via Twitter, Instagram or Email using the hashtag #SeaBus40 to be entered and a chance to be featured on our social channels as we ramp up for the big 40th birthday!

Be sure to have your privacy settings public on the posts you want to share.

Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday June 11th, 2017 and we’ll randomly select a winner on Monday June 12th, 2017. Make sure to check out the contest terms and conditions for all the details on the contest.

Stay tuned to TransLink’s social channels this month for more SeaBus celebration news!

Author: Robert Willis


  • By Thomas Van Der Hoek, June 6, 2017 @ 5:59 pm

    I remember when I was really young probably about 5 years old or so. My dad and I would take the Seabus to North Vancouver (after taking the bus and Skytrain from Surrey) to watch construction workers build all sorts of buildings. I was always looking forward to the Seabus as it was really the only boat I had been on amd would be on for many more years. it was also a sander time because my dad had been unemployed at that point, but always made the effort in these hard times to take me on these fun and awesome trips.

  • By jonathan, June 6, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    wow, I want to buy the die-cast seabus. how much is it an where can i find it ?

  • By Sunshine Hanan, June 6, 2017 @ 9:56 pm

    I remember wanting to take the Seabus for the first time and a friend showing me the trick of being the first one off, running around the terminal (on the North Van side), and then could catch the Seabus again back to Vancouver. Sometimes it was nice to just pop over to watch the sunset on the Seabus.

  • By Henry, June 6, 2017 @ 11:32 pm

    I’m with Jonathan. Where can I purchase the die cast SeaBus? For that matter, where can I buy any die-cast TransLink vehicle models?

  • By Lelainia Lloyd, June 7, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

    In 2009, I went over to the north shore for the unveiling of the 2010 Olympic volunteer uniforms. When I went to catch the sea bus back, I sat down to wait. There was a man sitting next to me and when I noticed him, I realized it was David Suzuki! I was too shy to say hello but it was cool running into him so randomly. You never know who you’re going to bump into on transit!

  • By Dale Randall, June 7, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

    The best day of my life started on the seabus, my wife and I had just started dating but she lived in cache creek, BC and I lived in victoria, we met for our first official date in Vancouver, at waterfront station. We then took the seabus over to Lonsdale and went to the amazing Greek restaurant just around the corner from the quay. After that we took the seabus back to waterfront and I took her to the Aquarium so she could see the whales and dolphins. That first date led to us being married 9 months later and we have been happily married now for 7 years.

  • By Jason Tung, June 7, 2017 @ 9:38 pm

    I remember when I was on a field trip exploring the transit system in elementary. We travelled via skytrain to seabus terminal and eventually taking the bus to lynn canyon.

    i especially found seabus interesting at that time. how the system allowed everyone to leave and enter in an orderly fashion. even piloting the seabus seemed simple, was a matter or rotating the captain’s seat and away we go.

    the tireless staff that has served on the critical and vital part of our transit system deserves our profound gratitude for their dedication to their work. Keep It Up!!

  • By Andy, June 8, 2017 @ 1:24 am

    I remember my preschool class going on a field trip all the way downtown to check out the brand new Seabus sooo many (40!) years ago. It blew my mind at the time (I was like, 4) — I don’t think I’d ever been on a boat before that. And in all these years, I have never gotten tired of riding it, not once, ever! We are very lucky to have the Seabus service and I hope it will be around for at least another 40 years.

    Also, no one believes me when I tell them the Seabus used to be all-over bright orange — so thanks for putting up those great old photos!

  • By Mike S., June 8, 2017 @ 2:06 am

    If I were excluded from entering the contest per the terms and conditions, but still wanted a diecast SeaBus, how would I be able to get one?

  • By Casey Broughton, June 8, 2017 @ 8:01 pm

    Like Mike S above, I am excluded from the contest according to the rules but would very much like a die cast SeaBus (and perhaps other vehicles as well, if available). Where might I be able to get one?

  • By Jenny, June 11, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

    I remember my grandpa used to bring us kids all around Metro Vancouver by public transit every year. It was like a fieldtrip to us. We’d get a day pass and ride the bus, skytrain and seabus! When he got older, it was us that brought him around in his wheelchair. We still loved riding the seabus to North Vancouver. It made him smile. #SeaBus40

  • By Stephanie H, June 12, 2017 @ 11:02 pm

    Since everyone is asking, I’ll join in as well. I’m looking for diecast or plastic models of the SkyTrains and other vehicles. Is there anywhere we can purchase them?

  • By Mark L, June 15, 2017 @ 10:06 am

    I remember coming across to the North Shore for the Caribbean festival one summer and hearing the energetic music from Lonsdale Quay. It was so easy to sail across, enjoy the food and bands and then zip back downtown again.

    I’d also like to be able to buy die-cast Translink vehicles – Seabus, trolleys, Skytrain cars, etc through an online store. Please let us know when this will be available! #SeaBus40

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