As of 2015, the Tsawwassen Ferry travels to Swartz Bay, Duke Point and the Southern Gulf Islands. The crossing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay covers 24 nautical miles in one hour and 35 minutes. The crossing from Tsawwassen to Duke Point covers 38 nautical miles in two hours. The crossing from Tsawwassen to Southern Gulf Islands varies in length of time and distance covered, depending on which of the islands the ferry stops at on a given day.
The Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal is located 24 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is just north of the 49th parallel, which is the border with the United States. To reach the terminal, vehicles must drive across a 1-mile-long man-made causeway, which was designed by Transportation Minister Phil Gagliardi with the assistance of his engineering corps in 1959. The terminal has five ferry berths.
The ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, which is in Victoria, British Columbia, is by far the most widely used. Ferries leave every two hours daily. The first ferry leaves at 7 a.m., and the last leaves at 9 p.m.
The ferry from Tsawwassen to Duke Point, which is in Nanaimo, runs daily trips every two and a half hours. The first ferry leaves at 5:15 a.m., and the last leaves at 10:45 p.m. Unlike the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay ferry, this ferry doesn't use standard departure times on Saturdays.