Queen of Oak Bay returns to the water with better pet areas

Areas now have kennels, heating and more comfortable benches

The Queen of Oak Bay now has better pet areas

The Queen of Oak Bay is back on the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route after a $30,000 upgrade, BC Ferries said Wednesday.

The vessel now has a new steering gear system, an upgraded bridge, a bigger gift shop with change rooms, a family room, and more power outlets with USB ports.

But the biggest thing passengers might notice is better pet areas.

If they’re not in a car, dogs and other pets often have to stay in a designated space on the car deck, where it’s can be dark, windy and cold.

The areas now have kennels, radiant heating, more comfortable benches, and dog poop bags and hand sanitizer. Also coming are new PA speakers so if you’re in the pet areas, you can hear the safety announcements.

The additions were designed with the Society of British Columbia Veterinarians.

BC Ferries said the Coastal Renaissance, Queen of Alberni and Queen of Cowichan already have the pet-friendly upgrades. This spring, the plan is to install them on the the Queen of New Westminster, Queen of Cumberland, Spirit of Vancouver Island and Spirit of British Columbia.

Just Posted

Shaving minutes off commutes among the goals for Victoria bus lanes

Work on southbound Douglas Street lane between Tolmie and Hillside getting underway

VicPD nab distracted driver with expired licence

On the phone while in motion, man had overdue fines from driving while impaired

Working for the common good

Film Awareness night examines alternate business models

Cooking with ‘Killer’

Reporter Dawn Gibson shares some of her favourite meals to make

WEB POLL: Would you support a B.C.-wide ban on single-use plastic bags?

Would you support a B.C.-wide ban on single-use plastic bags?… Continue reading

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Castlegar homicide victim identified

The victim was 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar, B.C.

B.C. Liberal leadership candidates get one last prime-time pitch

Leadership campaign to be decided in Feb. 3 vote

How high is safe from a tsunami? Four metres above sea level

Be disaster ready with food, water and clothing for seven days

Victoria Film Festival set for triumphant return to the big screen

Two decades on, diverse film lineups keep movie-goers coming to the box office

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Victoria’s most wanted for the week of Jan. 23

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrests or the seizure of property or drug

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

Most Read