Ferry Terminal

TV show Maid (2021)
The ferry linking Fisher Island and Port Hampstead, two locations created for the series, plays a big part in the story of Maid. This is how Alex Russell, the young single mother played by Margaret Qualley, sometimes gets to work. A ferry actually located in Canada, on Vancouver Island.
Swartz Bay Ferry
Swartz Bay Ferry, Sidney, Canada by wpcpey. Wikimedia.

They don’t know what it took to get here. Three hundred and thirty-eight toilets cleaned, seven types of government assistance, nine separate moves, one night on the ferry station floor and the entire third year of my daughter’s life.

Alex Russell (Margaret Qualley)

The real Stephanie Land, the author of the book that inspired the Maid series, grew up between Alaska and the small town of Port Townsend, Washington. However, rather than using the same locations, the show’s producers decided to create new ones. The heroine has lived in Alaska, but lives in Port Hampstead, an alternative version of Port Townsend. A coastal town that series creator Molly Smith Metzler has reconstructed in Canada from various locations in the Victoria and Vancouver area.

The ferry terminal that Alex (Margaret Qualley) takes to work, where she sleeps when she is homeless, with her two-year-old daughter, is the Swartz Bay Terminal, just north of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. The ship connects to the Tsawwassen terminal on the Canadian mainland. When the young woman travels to Fisher Island, another fictional location, to reach the house in which she is cleaning or to pick up her daughter from daycare, the series has tapped into the Fulford Terminal on Salt Spring Island. Another way to use the picturesque character of this sparsely populated area to bring a realistic environment to life.


The shooting of the mini-series Maid lasted more than 6 months.

Ferry terminal in Maid
Scène du terminal du ferry dans Maid. Tous droits réservés Netflix.

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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