A long standing item has been ticked off the wish list of many Gabriolans.
BC Ferries has activated free WiFi at both of the terminals serving the Gabriola Island ferry route.
Heather O’Sullivan, co-Chair of the Gabriola Ferry Advisory Committee, sent a note to the Sounder on February 26 saying that the system had been activated on February 25.
“Last year the BC Government announced that it was providing funding though the Connecting British Columbia program to deliver Wi-Fi service at 14 ferry terminals serving communities from the Southern Gulf Islands to Bella Bella.
“As of yesterday, the FAC has been advised that this service is now live at both our Gabriola and Nanaimo terminals.”
On its web site, BC Ferries states that it received up to $1.5 million in grant funding through the Ministry of Citizen’s Services’ Connecting British Columbia program to provide Wi-Fi service at 14 additional ferry terminals, bringing the total number of terminals with free Wi-Fi to 21.
The coverage of Wi-Fi will be within BC Ferries’ terminals, including public lounges, vehicle holding compounds and where practical, parking lots.
BC Ferries does not state whether those in the ferry line on the Gabriola side will be able to access the WiFi.
For more information see www.bcferries.com and click on the ‘In the Community’ section at the bottom of the page.