High winds force closure of Stanley Park and ferry cancellations

Oct 25 2019, 1:23 pm

Stanley Park is closed due to high winds.

In a tweet, the City of Vancouver said the park is closing this afternoon.

The Stanley Park Ghost Train is also closed for the day and may reopen for the 5:30 pm evening event, depending on the impact of anticipated wind gusts.

VanDusen Garden also announced it would be closing this afternoon but plans to reopen at 5 pm for VanDusen Glow in the Garden.

The high winds have also forced BC Ferries to cancel the following ferry sailings:

Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay)
11:00 am departing Tsawwassen
11:00 am departing Swartz Bay
12:00 pm departing Swartz Bay
1:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
1:00 pm departing Swartz Bay
2:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
3:00 pm departing Swartz Bay
3:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
5:00 pm departing Swartz Bay
5:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) – Nanaimo (Departure Bay)
10:40 am departing Departure Bay
1:00 pm departing Horseshoe Bay

One ferry is currently operational between the Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, a representative from BC Ferries told Daily Hive in a phone interview, though the ship, Coastal Celebration, is smaller than the rest of the fleet. It’s small size makes it more maneuverable during high winds, but also allows for less vehicle and foot passengers.

Travellers who are capable of taking a ferry tomorrow instead of tonight are encouraged to do so, as the remaining sailings at 7, 8, and 9 pm are expected to be busy.

According to Environment Canada, the warning is in effect for the following areas:

  • Metro Vancouver – central including the city of Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta

“An intense cold front is approaching the South Coast this morning,” says Environment Canada in a statement. “Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.”

Environment Canada also says that western sections of Metro Vancouver, as well as the Southern Gulf Islands, will see northwest winds of 50 to 70 km/h and gusts of up to 90 km/h.