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Ferry Building restoration

The federal and provincial governments are investing in restoring the 108-year-old Ferry Building, a cherished landmark that now operates as a public art gallery near the waterfront in Ambleside.

The Ferry Building is a municipally designated heritage site and cannot be altered unless a Heritage Alteration Permit is issued. Council will be considering the permit on February 22. 

A public comment form was available until Monday, February 15 at 4 p.m. Comments received will be summarized and presented to Council for consideration at the February 22 meeting.

The project is co-funded by the District and the federal and provincial governments. The Government of Canada is investing $1,010,360 through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), and the Government of British Columbia is contributing $841,882.

Heritage and cultural facilities are a vital part of Council’s vision to create a complete community that is livable, vibrant, and inclusive, and the restoration of the Ferry Building aligns with Council’s Strategic Plan to provide high-quality public facilities. 

The restoration, which is scheduled to be completed in spring 2022, will include raising the building in its current location in order to protect it from rising flood levels due to impacts of climate change. Seismic and envelope upgrades, constructing washrooms, and installing a ramp to make the building more accessible are also part of the project.

Council Report

Architectural Drawings

What is the expected date of completion for the restoration?

Spring 2022

What will the Ferry Building be used for in the future?

The Ferry Building will remain a community art gallery as it has since 1989.

What is the total budget for the project?

The project is co-funded by the District and the federal and provincial governments. The Government of Canada is investing $1,010,000 through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), and the Government of British Columbia is contributing $840,000.

Council approved a maximum of $1,350,000 in additional funding for the Ferry Building Restoration project. If all grant funds and District funds are spent the total project cost could be as much as $3,200,000.

When was the need for the restoration of the Ferry Building determined?

As far back as 2014 the Ferry Building required repair to the roof and the building envelope and windows, seismic and code upgrades, and flood-proofing of the building. The District submitted a grant application to the Western Economic Diversification Canada—Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in 2015. The application was not successful.

In 2016, the District submitted a subsequent application to the same program and was again unsuccessful.

In February 2019, the District submitted a funding application to Canada-British Columbia Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and was successful in receiving $1,852,242 toward the restoration of the Ferry Building.

How are the impacts of climate change being addressed?

The building will be raised in its current location in order to protect it from rising flood levels due to impacts of climate change.

Contact

For questions regarding the permit process, please contact:

Erika Syvokas
Assistant Planner

604-921-2914

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