BC Ferries has announced nearly 30 extra sailings ahead of the Remembrance Day weekend.
According to a statement from the company, 24 extra sailings are being scheduled on the Tsawwassen (Vancouver) — Swartz Bay (Victoria) route, as well as two extra roundtrips between Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) — Departure Bay (Nanaimo).
Also, for the first time, active, reserve, and retired military personnel, as well as cadets, will receive free travel on Monday, November 11, to recognize their service.
“The free fare applies to passenger fares with the presentation of official Canadian military identification or travelling in uniform,” says BC Ferries. “British Columbia’s Senior citizens will also be able to travel for free on BC Ferries on Remembrance Day with the presentation of a BC Services Card, BC Driver’s License, BC Identification Card, or Birth Certificate.”
The company notes, however, that the free travel is not applicable for trips on the Inside Passage, Haida Gwaii, and Central Coast Connector routes.
All vessels will fly Canadian flags at half-mast on Monday, November 11, out of respect to our veterans and active military personnel. Two minutes of silence will also occur at 11 on all vessels and terminals.
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Prior to travelling over the long weekend, BC Ferries advises that passengers make a vehicle reservation to secure a specific travel time. Customers are also reminded to arrive early (45 to 60 minutes) at the terminal.
Sailing waits can also occur during popular times, meaning that those without vehicle reservations may not be able to board a specific sailing.
Parking lots at major terminals also full up quickly, so public transit or carpooling is recommended, when possible.