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For Immediate Release
August 31, 2023


Fall sailing schedules take effect September 5

VICTORIA - Between August 31 and September 5, BC Ferries will sail 1,503 round trips fleet-wide to help an anticipated 520,000 passengers and 200,000 vehicles get to their destination.

With over 1,800 BC ferry team members working the long weekend, customers can expect to see all ticket booths open at peak times, hydration and misting stations and children’s performers at the larger terminals. In addition, the company has taken steps to ensure relief crew is on standby for key positions, such as licensed officers, to help mitigate unanticipated staffing challenges.

Advanced bookings for the Labour Day weekend show high passenger and vehicle volumes westbound from the mainland to the islands from Thursday to Saturday. Sunday through Tuesday will see high traffic eastbound as travellers return home.

Customers travelling without a confirmed booking are strongly encouraged to be dropped off at the terminal and travel as foot passengers as standby vehicle spaces are extremely limited.

BC Ferries will provide updates on available deck space on Current Conditions and our @BCFerries X account. Customers are advised to check for updates prior to travelling to terminals.

Starting Sept. 5, fall sailing schedules go into effect.

Between Sept. 5 and October 9, the Queen of Alberni will continue to sail in place of the Coastal Renaissance on the Tsawwassen-Duke Point route. These sailings are contractually required sailings under the Coastal Ferry Services Contract. As a result, the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay and the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale routes will experience some sailing cancellations.

Due to the integrated nature of the ferries system, and BC Ferries’ obligation to complete a specific number of sailings under the Coastal Ferry Services contract, when a vessel becomes unavailable to sail for an extended period of time, it creates a ripple effect as there are no spare vessels available. Scheduling changes are specifically designed to impact the fewest customers on the smallest number of routes possible.

Those with reservations on the cancelled sailings on the Departure Bay – Horseshoe Bay and Horseshoe Bay – Langdale routes will be contacted by our Customer Care team to let them know if space is available on an alternate sailing. It’s expected all impacted customers will be accommodated. Bookings that must be cancelled will be refunded in full and a voucher for free ferry travel at another time will be provided.

Those travelling without reservations can continue to drive up and access standby space. For long weekend travel, it is still advisable to plan early and make reservations.

The Coastal Renaissance’s #2 drive motor is being assessed by Marine Engineers and a repair plan is being prepared. It does not yet have a return to service date.


Cancelled sailings September 10 – October 9:
Cancellation Dates Departing
Departure Bay
Horseshoe Bay
Sunday, Sept 10 12:15 pm, 9:05 pm 6:45 pm,  11:35 pm
Monday, Sept 11 to Thursday, Sept 14 2:45 pm 7:30 pm
Friday, Sept 15 9:40 am, 2:45 pm 12:00 pm,  7:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 17 12:15 pm,  9:05 pm 6:45 pm,  11:35 pm
Monday, Sept 18 to Thursday, Sept 21 2:45 pm 7:30 pm
Friday, Sept 22 9:40 am, 2:45 pm 12:00 pm,  7:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 24 12:15 pm, 9:05 pm 6:45 pm,  11:35 pm
Monday, Sept 25 to Thursday, Sept 28 2:45 pm 7:30 pm
Friday, Sept 29 9:40 am,  2:45 pm 12:00 pm,  7:30 pm
Sunday, Oct 1 12:15 pm,  9:05 pm 6:45 pm,  11:35 pm
Monday, Oct 2 to Thursday, Oct 5 2:45 pm 7:30 pm
Friday, Oct 6 9:40 am,  2:45 pm 12:00 pm,  7:30 pm
Saturday, Oct 7 6:55 am 11:40 am
Monday, Oct 9 7:25 am 12:15 pm,  9:05 pm 9:45 am 6:45 pm,  11:35 pm
Cancellation Dates Departing
Horseshoe Bay
(Sunshine Coast)
Sunday, Sept 10 3:20 pm 4:45 pm
Monday, Sept 11 to Friday, Sept 15 5:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 17 3:20 pm 4:45 pm
Monday, Sept 18 to Friday, Sept 22 5:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 24 3:20 pm 4:45 pm
Monday, Sept 25 to Friday, Sept 29 5:30 pm
Sunday, Oct 1 3:20 pm 4:45 pm
Monday, Oct 2 5:30 pm
Tuesday, Oct 3 5:30 pm
Wednesday, Oct 4 5:30 pm
Thursday, Oct 5 5:30 pm
Friday, Oct 6 5:30 pm
Saturday, Oct 7 9:05 am 10:10 am
Monday, Oct 9 3:20 pm 4:45 pm

Coastal Renaissance repair overview:

  • Sailings suspended Aug. 17, 2023 due to the failure of the #2 drive motor.

  • The unit weighs approx. 33 tons and is comprised of two pieces: the rotor weighs 13 tons, and the stator weighs 20 tons.

  • An electric motor has two main parts. One is rotating and one is fixed. The rotor is the element that rotates and drives the propeller via a shaft. The stator is a large metal box filled with electrical windings, which produces the magnetic field, which turns the rotor.

  • The precise nature of the repair is still to be determined.

  • A rotor lift is expected between September 7th and September 10th, followed by a rotor and stator inspection between September 11th and September 15th.

  • A repair plan will be developed based on inspection findings.



  • Customers with flexibility in their travel plans can sail at off-peak times. You may also want to consider spending an additional night at your destination to further enjoy the local accommodations and attractions.

  • Arrive early – Customers with a booking should plan to arrive at the terminal 45-60 minutes before their scheduled departure. Walk-on passengers should arrive 45 minutes before their anticipated sailing.

  • Expect sailing waits at popular times – Sailing waits are common during popular travel periods for customers without a booking. These are typically mid-week days and early morning or late evening sailings.

  • Ride-share or take public transit to and from major terminals. Customers are encouraged to carpool or take public transit. For schedule information visit TransLink, BC Transit or BC Ferries Connector.

  • Consider parking options – Parking lots at the major terminals fill up quickly at peak periods. When parking lots fill up, BC Ferries informs customers via X @BCFerries and on the website.

  • Know before you go – Check Current Conditions and All Routes at a Glance for the status of your sailing on your day of travel. Follow @BCFerries on X for regular updates, seven days a week.


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