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For those planning on using BC Ferries as part of their travel plans this Canada Day long weekend, the company is advising travellers to prepare for “extremely busy” crossings between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale, beginning on Thursday June 27, and running right through until through Tuesday, July 2.
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And while long weekends are typically busier travel times in general, the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale crossing from West Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast will be made even more so by the fact that the Queen of Coquitlam vessel has been removed from service for approximately one week “to repair a sealing mechanism on the propeller blades,” BC Ferries said.
“The Queen of Surrey remains the primary vessel on the run, providing eight round trips per day.”
The Queen of Coquitlam was scheduled to provide three or four round trips per day, depending on the day, but due to the “unexpected” mechanical issue, all of its sailings have been cancelled.
And because of “peak season demand, all other major vessels are serving other communities and can’t be redeployed to sail in its place.”
Still, BC Ferries said it is “doing everything it can” to make repairs to the Queen of Coquitlam “as quickly as possible.”
In the meantime, in an effort to assit those who plan to travel the route, BC Ferries said it is adding the following sailings at the beginning and end of the day:
7:30 pm sailing from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale (Queen of Cowichan)
8:30 pm sailing from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay (Queen of Cowichan)
June 28, 29, July 2
4 am sailing from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay (Queen of Surrey)
5:10 am sailing from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale (Queen of Surrey)
11:50 pm sailing from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale (Queen of Cowichan)
12:30 am sailing from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay (Queen of Surrey)
In addition to the sailings, BC Ferries said its operational teams “will be monitoring traffic levels closely over the long weekend, and the company has the ability to add extra service at the end of the night if the need arises.”