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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                   
June 14, 2021

BC Ferries welcomes recreational travellers back on board

Non-essential travel resumes June 15 on BC Ferries with end of Province’s travel restrictions order

VICTORIA – BC Ferries is advising customers travelling on routes that cross health regions they may resume non-essential travel, such as recreational travel, as of June 15 in accordance with the end of the Province’s travel restrictions Order that expires at 11:59 pm on June 14. Customers travelling on the following routes will no longer be asked if their travel is essential:

  • Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
  • Tsawwassen – Duke Point
  • Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands
  • Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay
  • Comox – Powell River
  • Port Hardy – Prince Rupert

“The end of travel restrictions marks a key milestone in tackling COVID-19 and we are thrilled it means we can welcome everyone back on board,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President & CEO. “Our teams are ready to welcome back recreational travellers on all of our routes. We will be adding sailings back into the schedule as we get into the summer season to ensure we have the capacity to meet the anticipated demand.”

To align with the Provincial Health Officer’s guidance and step 2 of the provincial restart plan, as of June 15, BC Ferries is relaxing its mandatory mask policy in outdoor spaces on its terminals. Wearing face coverings in outdoor spaces at the terminals is now optional. BC Ferries’ vessels are federally regulated. Transport Canada’s current regulations mandate face coverings and physical distancing requirements on board. The wearing of masks on BC Ferries’ ships both indoors and outdoors continues to be a requirement, when not in your vehicle.

BC Ferries thanks customers for their patience during the travel restrictions Order. Customers planning a local getaway this summer can take advantage of a 3rd night FREE with BC Ferries Vacations. Packages to destinations like Victoria, Parksville, Whistler and Sooke include ferry travel with reservations, hotel accommodation with a 3rd night free, and flexible cancellations. To learn more, visit or call 1-888-223-3779 Ext. 3.

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