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What should replace the Pacific Buffet? B.C. Ferries launches another survey

B.C. Ferries wants to know what dishes you’d like to see on a menu — how much you’re willing to pay.
B.C. Ferries’ Pacific Buffet was closed during the pandemic and never reopened. TIMES COLONIST

Now that B.C. Ferries passengers have made it clear they want to see the long-gone Pacific Buffet replaced, the company is launching a second survey to gather more specific information.

It wants to know what dishes you’d like to see on a menu — and how much you’re willing to pay.

In June, B.C. Ferries announced that the Pacific Buffet would not return. It closed down in the pandemic and the company decided against reopening the venture, which lost $1.2 million annually.

Customers were invited, however, to take part in a three-week survey, and more than 10,000 shared their ideas.

“Overall, respondents said they wanted a space that was special and distinct from the Seawest Lounge and cafeteria spaces offered on the Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Victoria (Swartz Bay) route,” B.C. Ferries said in a statement Wednesday.

Suggestions included setting up a new dining area, offering a view not available in other part of the vessel, providing comfortable seats and serving high-quality food, including plated entrees, desserts and artisanal foods.

B.C. Ferries’ latest survey runs for two weeks.

To participate, go to