Business owners in Horseshoe Bay are breathing a sigh of relief, as BC Ferries announces its scrapping plans to trim services on its money-making major routes, including Departure Bay in Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
Holly Kemp, manager of Troll’s restaurant and president of the Horseshoe Bay Business Association, says almost 70% of her business is dependent on ferry traffic.
She says any big changes would have been detrimental.
“Oh we wouldn’t exist. The Village would be gone. There is not enough local traffic, there is 8.5 million people who travel those ferries on a yearly basis, if that gets reduced, I am going to be laying off a lot of staff and asking myself if I still want to continue on.”
Kemp says while BC Ferries tries to find efficiencies, it should reassess its purpose, and get back to the basics.