BC Ferries has announced a number of additional sailings in preparation for the Thanksgiving long weekend.
According to a news statement, the company has scheduled “over 80 extra sailings” on the fleet’s most popular route, the Metro Vancouver – Victoria route (Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay).
The extra sailings include:
- 6 am departures on October 5, 6, 8, and 9
- 10 pm sailings form Tsawassen on October 4, 5, and 8
- End of day sailings from Swartz Bay on October 5 and 8.
Extra sailings have also been announced on the Metro Vancouver – Nanaimo Route (Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay) and on the Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast route (Horseshoe Bay to Langdale).
Specific times for the said sailings have yet to be announced, although BC Ferries indicates that they’ll be for “popular times over the long weekend.”
According to the company, the busiest times are expected to be Thursday and Friday afternoon, as well as Saturday morning for passengers travelling towards the islands.
Naturally, the most hectic day of the stretch looks to be Monday, with a number of families and passengers returning to Metro Vancouver from their weekend trips.
To ensure that travellers receive their sailing of choice, BC Ferries asks for reservations to be made ahead of time.
Walk-on passengers are advised to arrive 45 to 60 minutes prior to the scheduled sailing. The holiday Monday is typically the most popular day of the year for those travelling on foot.
Parking lots at major terminals are also expected to be at maximum capacity before the weekend even begins.