BC Ferries announced today it is adding even more capacity on the major routes from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, above the extra sailings that were announced just last week.
The following routes will see new schedules with additional sailings starting on July 2:
- Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (Victoria): 33 additional round trips per week
- Tsawwassen to Duke Point (Nanaimo): 8 additional round trips per week
- Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay (Nanaimo): 30 additional round trips per week
- Horseshoe Bay to Sunshine Coast (Langdale): 8 additional round trips per week
Additionally, the passenger overhead walkway at the Horseshoe Bay terminal has reopened with physical distancing measures in place.
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With peak summer travel and BC’s Restart Plan well underway, BC Ferries has added over 300 sailings per month to the major routes from Metro Vancouver.
The ferry corporation says it is keeping capacity well ahead of demand throughout the recovery phase. Across the network, ferry traffic has returned to an average of about 30% of Summer 2019 volumes, while traffic on the major routes has reached 50% of normal levels.
BC Ferries expects it will take two to three years before traffic volumes return to pre-pandemic levels.
Health safety measures include operating ships with a 50% passenger capacity limit, and requiring all passengers to bring a face mask or covering onboard.