Travel advisory: Highway 17 Closures - Keating Cross Road Overpass Project - July 25, 29 and August 7, 2024 View ×

Posted on: Friday, July 19, 2024

Highway 17 Closures
Keating Cross Road Overpass Project
Victoria to Swartz Bay

July 25, 29 and August 7, 2024

Patricia Bay Highway (Hwy 17) between Victoria and Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island will be temporarily closed from Tanner Road to Island View Road due to the Keating Cross Road Overpass Project during the noted times on the following dates:

Scheduled Highway Closures

Thursday,
July 25, 2024

Monday,
July 29, 2024

Wednesday,
August 7, 2024

10:00 pm – 6:00 am

8:00 pm – 6:00 am

10:00 pm – 6:00 am


Customers looking to travel to or from Swartz Bay terminal during closure times will be impacted and should plan their travel accordingly. A detour will be in effect via Central Saanich Road. Customers should be prepared for a 15-20 minute delay as a result.

Those using transit to Swartz Bay are strongly advised to take earlier bus departures because of the detour. Additional information is available online at: https://alerts.bctransit.com/RouteAlertsDetail/45/70/724. 

For more information, please check the Keating Cross Overpass Project website here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation-projects/other-transportation-projects/highway-17-keating-cross-overpass.

For up-to-date sailing and departure information, check Current Conditions, follow @BCFerries on X, or phone 1-888-223-3779 for further assistance.

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Route

Nanaimo (Departure Bay) to Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)

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 Important notice

BC Day Weekend (August 1 – August 6)

There is limited space available to book in advance for customers travelling with a vehicle. If you plan to drive on board without a booking during peak times, arrive prepared for sailing waits. To avoid multiple sailing waits, walk on board or, if you’re planning to drive, travel on off-peak days (Saturday, Sunday) and times (early morning or late night) to avoid sailing waits.

Understanding current conditions

Current Conditions provides a forecast of deck space available based on the number of vehicles booked in advance and the number of drive-up vehicles in the terminal not including vehicles outside the terminal.

Some sailings may show as “Full” below, but may have space available for additional vehicles depending on how many customers do not show up for their bookings, the size of vehicles that arrive, and the ability of our deck crew to fit more vehicles.
 

 

Next sailing with vehicle space
The terminal ticket booth is now ticketing the next sailing with available deck space. Estimated space doesn't include vehicles outside the terminal waiting to buy a ticket. Tickets for next day sailings are not available for purchase at the terminal until the day of departure.
Departure

10:45 pm

Sailing duration: 1h 40m Queen of Oak Bay
88% Details

Last updated: 8:18 PM Refresh details

Last updated:  8:18 pm Refresh details

Departures Estimated vehicle space available

6:30 am  Departed  6:33 am
Queen of Cowichan

6:30 am  Departed  6:33 am Queen of Cowichan

Arrived: 8:11 am

9:05 am  Departed  9:10 am
Queen of Oak Bay

9:05 am  Departed  9:10 am Queen of Oak Bay

Arrived: 10:54 am

11:25 am  Departed  11:29 am
Queen of Cowichan

11:25 am  Departed  11:29 am Queen of Cowichan

Arrived: 1:06 pm

1:40 pm  Departed  1:52 pm
Queen of Oak Bay

1:40 pm  Departed  1:52 pm Queen of Oak Bay

Arrived: 3:33 pm

We are loading as many vehicles as possible

4:00 pm  Departed  4:09 pm
Queen of Cowichan

4:00 pm  Departed  4:09 pm Queen of Cowichan

Arrived: 5:45 pm

6:20 pm  Departed  6:38 pm
Queen of Oak Bay

6:20 pm  Departed  6:38 pm Queen of Oak Bay

ETA : 8:18 pm

Earlier loading procedure is causing ongoing delay

8:40 pm
Queen of Cowichan

8:40 pm Queen of Cowichan

Full

10:45 pm
Queen of Oak Bay

10:45 pm Queen of Oak Bay

Estimated vehicle space available

88%   Details

6:30 am  (Tomorrow)
Queen of Cowichan

6:30 am  (Tomorrow)
Queen of Cowichan

Estimated vehicle space available

21%    Details

9:05 am  (Tomorrow)
Queen of Oak Bay

9:05 am  (Tomorrow)
Queen of Oak Bay

Estimated vehicle space available

22%    Details

11:25 am  (Tomorrow)
Queen of Cowichan

11:25 am  (Tomorrow)
Queen of Cowichan

Estimated vehicle space available

20%    Details

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Last updated:  8:18 PM Refresh details

Traffic at the terminal

Traffic to Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)

Nanaimo (Departure Bay)

# 680 Trans-Canada Highway, Nanaimo, V9S 5R1

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Parking:  55% Available

55% long term parking available

Parking at Departure Bay terminal is independently operated and managed by Robbins Parking.

Capacity: 526 spaces
Short term: 177
Long term: 349

Payment options: HONK App and the PayByPhone App (licence plate number required), Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Parking rates:
Meters required exact change or credit card payment.

Short term – Licence Plate Number required to purchase parking.

  • $1.00 for 30 minutes, maximum 2 hours
  • $23.00 for each 24 hour period
  • Multiple day parking allowed

Long term – Licence Plate Number required to purchase parking. Take your ticket with you.

  • $7.50 for 6 hours
  • $15.00 for each 24 hours
  • $7.50 for each additional 12 hour period after the first 24 hours

Note:

  • Onsite parking meters
    • If paying by credit card, enter your mobile phone number to receive a text notifying you that your parking is about to expire. You can then follow the text instructions to extend your parking up to 24 hours.
  • Cash acceptance
    • Meters accept coins only—no change given.
    • One meter accepts bill/coins and provides change (yellow colour meter) located in long term lot. For long term parking only.

Towing:
Mid Island Towing
250-758-1728

Learn more about current conditions

What is current conditions?

Current Conditions is a real-time planning tool that helps customers make informed travel decisions. Current Conditions provides information about sailing status, arrival times, departure times and deck space availability by sailing. Current Conditions also displays live web cams at terminals and parking capacity information.

Why do some routes have Current Conditions pages and others do not?

Current Conditions is available at terminals with Traffic Towers. We are looking into adding additional routes where we can install cameras for live traffic tracking.

How do we calculate Estimated Deck Space Available?

Estimated Deck Space Available is the approximate percentage of vehicle deck space that remains available for sale on a particular sailing. It is calculated after counting the number of reservations and the number of drive-up customers already checked in at the terminal. This percentage changes as more vehicles are processed through the ticket booth.

Around 10–20% of customers do not check-in for their bookings. After the booking check-in window closes, which is around 30* minutes before departure, we free up these spaces for drive-up customers.

*Some exceptions apply find and review the check-in and cut-off times at your departure terminal.

What does Now Ticketing mean?

The Now Ticketing section of Current Conditions informs customers of the sailing currently being sold at the ticket booth. It indicates for those customers without a reservation in the pre-ticketing area with the sailing they can expect to travel on. As sailings become full during the day, Now Ticketing displays the next sailing with available deck space for non-reserved traffic.

Are commercial vehicles calculated as part of Estimated Deck Space Available?

Yes. We calculate all types of vehicle traffic, including commercial vehicles and buses, as part of Mixed Vehicle Deck Space Available calculations. Foot passengers are not calculated as they do not take up vehicle deck space.

Why do the cameras show an empty lot, but Estimated Deck Space Available indicates the sailing is full?

Estimated Deck Space Available includes advanced vehicle bookings. In most cases, these customers can check-in up to 30 minutes* before their sailing. If customers have a booking but haven’t yet arrived, the terminal lot may appear empty.

*Some exceptions apply find and review the check-in and cut-off times at your departure terminal.

How often is Current Conditions updated?

Current Conditions retrieves live data from all terminals every five minutes.

Why does Current Conditions not show a sailing as delayed until after it departs?

There is currently no way for a terminal to update the anticipated departure time without affecting the scheduled sailing time online.

What is displayed when a sailing is cancelled or late departing?

When a sailing is delayed or cancelled, the sailing will display a message that indicates the reason. This will appear on the Departures/Arrivals page under Status.

Why does Estimated Deck Space Available only show departures for today?

Estimated Deck Space Available is built on a 24-hour clock and is designed to be a near-term planning tool that displays real-time conditions at the terminal. We have recently made updates to Deck Space Available that now show the day’s sailings as well as the first three sailings of the next day.

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