BC Ferries adds extra sailings for Christmas

More than 175 sailings are being added, including 130 between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

The holidays are upon us and that means increased traffic congestion between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island this Christmas as travellers make plans to spend time with family and friends.

BC Ferries is adding more than 175 additional sailings between Metro Vancouver and the Island from Dec. 21-Jan. 2. Many of these extra sailings (130) will go between the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route, with another 46 additional sailings scheduled between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay.

They’ve also added eight more sailings to the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale route on the Sunshine Coast.

“We’ve added these sailings to help travellers connect with family and friends over the holiday season, and ensure our commercial customers can travel as well,” said Janet Carson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience. “We lowered the cost of reservations earlier this year to $10 if booked seven days or more in advance and given the volume of traffic during the busy holiday season, we strongly recommend customers make a reservation to guarantee that they can travel at the time of their choice.”

Officials with BC Ferries anticipate Dec. 23 to be the busiest pre-Christmas travel day this season and Dec. 27 the busiest travel day post-Christmas. Early morning sailings have been scheduled in both directions between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay starting at 6 a.m. on Dec. 23, 26, 27 to get traffic moving earlier.

Starting Dec. 21, schedules on two of the three routes from Horseshoe Bay (connecting to Departure Bay and Bowen Island) will be expanded to allow more in-dock time during this busy period. BC Ferries says this is to provide more time to load vessels due to the anticipated increase in traffic congestion, and to help those vessels stay on schedule.

Travellers will also be able to take advantage of discounted sailings between Dec. 21-Jan. 3 on more than 260 select sailings on routes between Metro Vancouver and both Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. However, those planning to travel on these discounted sailings are advised to make reservations to ensure they get a spot.



ragnar.haagen@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Robert Barron column: Let’s hear it for the kids

The students I talked to at the event came from numerous schools

Cowichan transgender woman hosting Gender Identity Expression Day

“We need to have a public conversation about this.”

Andrea Rondeau column: Chemainus Theatre Festival a unique, surprising venue

Not many towns the size of Chemainus can boast a year-round professional theatre

Sarah Simpson Column: Perfect road trip features flat tire and lost wallet

My husband is a loser. Not a loser in the dead-beat, good-for-nothin’… Continue reading

Are you 55 or older? Try 5 sports for free

June 5 event promotes BC 55+ Games and active living

VIDEO: Protesters in Penticton gather to rally against sleeping-on-sidewalk bylaw

The proposed bylaw would outlaw sitting or lying on the city’s downtown sidewalks

Coming up in Cowichan: From bike rodeo to ‘A Word About Consent’, lots on the calendar

Christian Science event coming to Duncan Saturday, May 25 “Breaking News: Freedom… Continue reading

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

PHOTOS: First responders in Fernie rescue baby owl who fell from nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

Most Read