(Photo provided by Port of Nanaimo)

Nanaimo, your trips to downtown Vancouver are about to get much faster!

Downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver will now be connected by a “high speed” passenger ferry service—details regarding the service will be announced in the near future.

The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA), the Snuneymuxw First Nation and Conqora Capital Partners Inc. made the announcement Thursday morning.

“After many years of talking about a fast passenger service coming to Nanaimo, it is with great pleasure that the Nanaimo Port Authority announces our unique partnership with SFN (Snuneymuxw First Nation) and Conqora to bring this vital service to Nanaimo,” said Nanaimo Port Authority chair Donna Hais in a statement Thursday.

A Recognition, Cooperation and Benefits Agreement with the Snuneymuxw First Nation has been established by Conqora to allow passenger ferry service to operate in the nation’s territory.

Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Mike Wyse said he is delighted to announce the partnership.

“Our Nation is delighted to announce our tripartite partnership that brings the long awaited fast-passenger ferry to our region,” said Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Mike Wyse on Thursday.

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