June 29, 2020
BC Ferries adding more sailings to its summer schedulesExtra sailings added to three Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes, Vancouver – Sunshine Coast as of July 2
Victoria, B.C. –BC Ferries is adding even more service for travellers on the three Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes and the Vancouver – Sunshine Coast route, above the extra sailings the company announced last week.
Effective July 2, new schedules with additional service are being introduced to provide more choice for customers.
- Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Vancouver Island (Swartz Bay); 33 additional round trips per week
- Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Nanaimo (Duke Point); 8 additional round trips per week
- Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Nanaimo (Departure Bay); 30 additional round trips per week
- Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Sunshine Coast (Langdale); 8 additional round trips per week
The Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen – Duke Point schedules will be updated online tomorrow.
“We are keeping capacity well ahead of demand all through the recovery,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President & CEO. “Ferry traffic has returned to an average of about 30 per cent lower than this time last year. We are forecasting that it will be two to three years before traffic returns to pre-COVID levels.”
In addition to more capacity, BC Ferries is also making changes to operational procedures. This includes re-opening the foot passenger overhead walkway at Horseshoe Bay with appropriate physical distancing measures in place, giving Langdale sailings priority at Horseshoe Bay, assisting customers to return to their vehicles when a vessel is 10 minutes from the dock, and carefully managing the loading of last vehicles to balance on-time performance and capacity.
Sailing on time is important to all of us. You can help us help you by:
- Return to your vehicle promptly before arrival
- Park within 60 centimetres (24 inches) of the vehicle in front of you on the deck of the ship
- During loading and unloading, our team is focussed on our safety. Please direct any questions to the staff before or after loading, instead of during loading. We will be happy to assist you after you are safely on or off the ship
- When loading, follow the car in front of you promptly and carefully
- Understand that sometimes the captain may choose to sail with some empty deck space in order to balance on-time performance with capacity
- Respect ferry workers and follow their directions with care
For schedule information and reservations, visit BC Ferries’ website at bcferries.com.
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