Klemtu, BC, is a remote village on Swindle Island, approximately 220 km north of Port Hardy. It is home to the Kitasoo and Xaixais First Nations, who rely on ferry service as a primary mode of transportation.
BC Ferries' larger vessels were previously unable to dock at Klemtu due to inadequate ferry infrastructure, leading to approval for a new terminal. As the location selected was 2 km north of the Village, an access road was constructed to link the terminal to the Village.
McElhanney was designated as the Engineer of Record to design and construct the ferry terminal compound and access road. The project timeline was compressed to only four months, with additional challenges presented by the remote location, severe unpredictable weather and a steep road right-of-way. McElhanney provided extensive planning and site management, maintaining a full-time presence during construction. With limited survey and geotechnical data, the design was based primarily on orthophoto imagery and LiDAR. Innovations included a unique geometric road alignment and the design of a custom asphalt mix to compensate for the lengthy travel time between processing and placement.
The new terminal can now easily accommodate larger ferries, which has increased scheduled stops at Klemtu and residents' ability to travel outside the Village. Native art and icons have been incorporated into the terminal design for aesthetic and cultural appeal, including a large totem pole and canoe archway. The project created work for one-third of the community during construction, with further growth and development expected in years to come.
Highways & Transit
Transportation & Terminals