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B.C. Ferries to offer free travel, cookies in Chemainus as renamed ferry returns to service

The vessel has be renamed Pune’luxutth — the Hul’qumi’num’ word for Penelakut.
Steven Eng, left, Shaminder Shonki, Kumar Murugakumar, Chris Frappel and Deborah Marshall unveil Pune’luxutth as the new name of one of B.C. Ferries vessels on Dec. 1, 2023. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST

B.C. Ferries is offering free travel and cookies to passengers at the Chemainus ticket booth early Saturday afternoon when the newly named Pune’luxutth returns to service.

The ferry had previously been called the MV Kuper but was recently renamed in the spirit of reconciliation. Built in 1985, the 170-foot-long vessel can carry 26 cars and up to 269 passengers and crew members.

It runs between Chemainus and Penelakut Island and between Thetis Island and Penelakut Island.

Pune’luxutth is the Hul’qumi’num’ word for Penelakut and was the name chosen by Penelakut Tribe, B.C. Ferries said.