Last month B.C Ferries announced they would cut ferry services in British Columbia and discontinue the Discovery Coast Ferry located on the central coast. The Ferry services three routes along BC’s northern coast. The cuts will have major consequences for coastal communities, many are First Nations who live and work in the Great Bear Rainforest. Tourism on B.C’s central coast is essential to the region and the cuts will have detrimental effects on those living and working in remote regions of British Columbia. Those living in the most remote locations will will be hit the hardest. British Columbians have reacted with protests across the region and are campaigning against the cuts and the continuing hike in ticket fares.
Petrus Rykes is the Chair of Save the Discovery Ferry campaign, and Vice-President of West Chilcotin Tourism Association. He is also a partner in the Anahim Lake Eagle’s Nest Resort.
To find out more about the campaign go to savethediscoverycoastferry.ca