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For Immediate Release
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November 17, 2021

BC Ferries adds a round trip between Swartz Bay and Duke Point Nov. 18 only


VICTORIA – BC Ferries is adding one round trip between Swartz Bay and Duke Point on Thurs., Nov. 18 only to support to the movement of essential goods and travellers between Victoria and Nanaimo due to the impacts on the Malahat Highway.

The Coastal Celebration, which accommodates approximately 310 automobile equivalents (approximately 30 mixed commercial vehicles and 155 private passenger vehicles) and 1604 passengers and crew, will provide this sailing. The crossing time will be approximately three hours. This extra service is for drive-up customers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations will not be offered and Assured Loading Tickets will not be accepted.
 

Thurs., Nov 18 only:

Departing Swartz Bay
  • 12:30 pm
Departing Duke Point
  • 4:00 pm
  

On the Mill Bay – Brentwood Bay route, BC Ferries is also adding four extra round trips tonight only (Wed., Nov 17):

Departing Brentwood Bay
  • 7:30 pm
  • 8:40 pm
  • 9:50 pm
  • 11:00 pm
Departing Mill Bay
  • 8:05 pm
  • 9:15 pm
  • 10:25 pm
  • 11:35 pm
  

It’s important to note the M.V. Klitsa, which provides service on the Mill Bay – Brentwood Bay route, accommodates 19 vehicles and up to 150 passengers and crew. The crossing takes approximately 25 minutes, so the ferry can provide one round trip per hour. BC Ferries expects this route will be popular over the next few days and will be providing priority to BC Ambulances and other critical medical supplies requiring transportation. Customers are advised to expect waits and be prepared with snacks and water.

The company continues to examine opportunities for more sailings as required.

For up-to-date information about BC Ferries, please visit bcferries.com or follow @BCFerries on Twitter. For up-to-date road closure information, please visit DriveBC.ca or follow @DriveBC on Twitter.

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