Learn more about the Heritage Alteration Permit for the Ferry Building

Jan 27, 2021

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 will be posted on the project webpage between February 8 and 15. Comments received will be summarized and presented to Council for consideration at the February 22 meeting. The deadline to submit your comments is February 15 at 4 p.m. 

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.

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