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 (Nanaimo Harbour) to Gabriola Island (Descanso Bay)

Check Nanaimo Harbour tidal restrictions

This is a non-bookable route. Fares are paid at the terminal at the time of travel.


Mondays

Depart
Arrive DURATION STOP DETAILS
5:45 am
6:10 am 25m

Non-stop

6:55 am
7:20 am 25m

Non-stop

7:35 am
8:00 am 25m

Non-stop

8:10 am
8:35 am 25m

Non-stop

8:45 am
9:10 am 25m

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9:20 am
9:45 am 25m

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9:55 am
10:20 am 25m

Non-stop

10:30 am
10:55 am 25m

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11:05 am
11:30 am 25m

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11:40 am
12:05 pm 25m

Non-stop

12:55 pm
1:20 pm 25m

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1:30 pm
1:55 pm 25m

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2:15 pm
2:40 pm 25m

Non-stop

2:50 pm
3:15 pm 25m

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3:25 pm
3:50 pm 25m

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4:00 pm
4:25 pm 25m

Non-stop

4:35 pm
5:00 pm 25m

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5:05 pm
5:30 pm 25m

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6:15 pm
6:40 pm 25m

Non-stop

7:30 pm
7:55 pm 25m

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9:10 pm
9:35 pm 25m

Non-stop

10:05 pm
10:30 pm 25m

Non-stop

11:00 pm
11:25 pm 25m

Non-stop

Tuesdays

Depart
Arrive DURATION STOP DETAILS
5:45 am
6:10 am 25m

Non-stop

6:55 am
7:20 am 25m

Non-stop

7:35 am
8:00 am 25m

Non-stop

8:10 am
8:35 am 25m

Non-stop

8:45 am
9:10 am 25m

Non-stop

9:20 am
9:45 am 25m

Non-stop

9:55 am
10:20 am 25m

Non-stop

10:30 am
10:55 am 25m

Non-stop

11:05 am
11:30 am 25m

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11:40 am
12:05 pm 25m

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12:55 pm
1:20 pm 25m

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1:30 pm
1:55 pm 25m

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2:15 pm
2:40 pm 25m

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2:50 pm
3:15 pm 25m

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3:25 pm
3:50 pm 25m

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4:00 pm
4:25 pm 25m

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4:35 pm
5:00 pm 25m

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5:05 pm
5:30 pm 25m

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6:15 pm
6:40 pm 25m

Non-stop

7:30 pm
7:55 pm 25m

Non-stop

9:10 pm
9:35 pm 25m

Non-stop

10:05 pm
10:30 pm 25m

Non-stop

11:00 pm
11:25 pm 25m

Non-stop

Wednesdays

Depart
Arrive DURATION STOP DETAILS
5:45 am
6:10 am 25m

Non-stop

6:55 am
7:20 am 25m

Non-stop

7:35 am
8:00 am 25m

Non-stop

8:10 am
8:35 am 25m

Non-stop

8:45 am
9:10 am 25m

Non-stop

9:20 am
9:45 am 25m

Non-stop

9:55 am
10:20 am 25m

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10:30 am
10:55 am 25m

No passengers permitted - DG Sailing only.

Dangerous goods only

Non-stop

11:05 am
11:30 am 25m

Non-stop

11:40 am
12:05 pm 25m

Non-stop

12:55 pm
1:20 pm 25m

Non-stop

1:30 pm
1:55 pm 25m

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2:15 pm
2:40 pm 25m

Non-stop

2:50 pm
3:15 pm 25m

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3:25 pm
3:50 pm 25m

Non-stop

4:00 pm
4:25 pm 25m

Non-stop

4:35 pm
5:00 pm 25m

Non-stop

5:05 pm
5:30 pm 25m

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6:15 pm
6:40 pm 25m

Non-stop

7:30 pm
7:55 pm 25m

Non-stop

9:10 pm
9:35 pm 25m

Non-stop

11:00 pm
11:25 pm 25m

Non-stop

Thursdays

Depart
Arrive DURATION STOP DETAILS
5:45 am
6:10 am 25m

Non-stop

6:55 am
7:20 am 25m

Non-stop

7:35 am
8:00 am 25m

Non-stop

8:10 am
8:35 am 25m

Non-stop

8:45 am
9:10 am 25m

Non-stop

9:20 am
9:45 am 25m

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9:55 am
10:20 am 25m

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10:30 am
10:55 am 25m

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11:05 am
11:30 am 25m

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11:40 am
12:05 pm 25m

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12:55 pm
1:20 pm 25m

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1:30 pm
1:55 pm 25m

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2:15 pm
2:40 pm 25m

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2:50 pm
3:15 pm 25m

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3:25 pm
3:50 pm 25m

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4:00 pm
4:25 pm 25m

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4:35 pm
5:00 pm 25m

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5:05 pm
5:30 pm 25m

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6:15 pm
6:40 pm 25m

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7:30 pm
7:55 pm 25m

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9:10 pm
9:35 pm 25m

Non-stop

10:05 pm
10:30 pm 25m

Non-stop

11:00 pm
11:25 pm 25m

Non-stop

Fridays

Depart
Arrive DURATION STOP DETAILS
5:45 am
6:10 am 25m

Non-stop

6:55 am
7:20 am 25m

Non-stop

8:10 am
8:35 am 25m

Non-stop

8:45 am
9:10 am 25m

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9:20 am
9:45 am 25m

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9:55 am
10:20 am 25m

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10:30 am
10:55 am 25m

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11:05 am
11:30 am 25m

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11:40 am
12:05 pm 25m

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12:55 pm
1:20 pm 25m

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1:55 pm 25m

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2:40 pm 25m

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3:15 pm 25m

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4:25 pm 25m

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4:35 pm
5:00 pm 25m

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5:30 pm 25m

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5:40 pm
6:05 pm 25m

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6:15 pm
6:40 pm 25m

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7:30 pm
7:55 pm 25m

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9:10 pm
9:35 pm 25m

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10:05 pm
10:30 pm 25m

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11:00 pm
11:25 pm 25m

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Saturdays

Depart
Arrive DURATION STOP DETAILS
6:55 am
7:20 am 25m

Non-stop

7:35 am
8:00 am 25m

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8:10 am
8:35 am 25m

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8:45 am
9:10 am 25m

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9:20 am
9:45 am 25m

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9:55 am
10:20 am 25m

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10:30 am
10:55 am 25m

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11:05 am
11:30 am 25m

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11:40 am
12:05 pm 25m

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12:55 pm
1:20 pm 25m

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1:30 pm
1:55 pm 25m

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2:15 pm
2:40 pm 25m

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2:50 pm
3:15 pm 25m

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3:25 pm
3:50 pm 25m

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4:00 pm
4:25 pm 25m

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4:35 pm
5:00 pm 25m

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5:05 pm
5:30 pm 25m

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6:15 pm
6:40 pm 25m

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7:30 pm
7:55 pm 25m

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9:10 pm
9:35 pm 25m

Non-stop

10:05 pm
10:30 pm 25m

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11:00 pm
11:25 pm 25m

Non-stop

Sundays

Depart
Arrive DURATION STOP DETAILS
8:10 am
8:35 am 25m

Non-stop

8:45 am
9:10 am 25m

Non-stop

9:20 am
9:45 am 25m

Non-stop

9:55 am
10:20 am 25m

Non-stop

10:30 am
10:55 am 25m

Non-stop

11:05 am
11:30 am 25m

Non-stop

11:40 am
12:05 pm 25m

Non-stop

12:55 pm
1:20 pm 25m

Non-stop

1:30 pm
1:55 pm 25m

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2:15 pm
2:40 pm 25m

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2:50 pm
3:15 pm 25m

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3:25 pm
3:50 pm 25m

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4:00 pm
4:25 pm 25m

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4:35 pm
5:00 pm 25m

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5:05 pm
5:30 pm 25m

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6:15 pm
6:40 pm 25m

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7:30 pm
7:55 pm 25m

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9:10 pm
9:35 pm 25m

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10:05 pm
10:30 pm 25m

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11:00 pm
11:25 pm 25m

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Nanaimo Harbour terminal is located in downtown Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Sailings departing from Nanaimo Harbour terminal provide service to Gabriola Island.

Boarding is based on order of arrival at the terminal. Check-in and ticket sales close three minutes prior to the scheduled sailing for foot passengers and vehicles.

Nanaimo Harbour Tidal Restrictions
The following tidal restrictions are in effect to prevent vehicles from scraping or getting caught on the loading ramps.

Private vehicles 
Avoid travel on sailings where the tide* is below 1.5m (5ft) or above 3.7m (12ft)

Includes: 

  • RVs- significant overhang or low hitches 
  • Receiver Mount Bicycle Racks 
  • Low/Long Utility Trailers 
  • Low/Long Horse Trailers 
  • Large Under Mount Hitches 

Commercial vehicles
Long loads: avoid travel on sailings where the tide* is below 1.5 m (5ft) or above 3.7 m (12ft)
Low-bed or low-overhang: avoid travel on sailings if the tide* is below 2.1 m (7ft) or above 3.4 m (11ft)

*For tide information see: https://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/en/stations/7917 


Note: Schedules subject to change without notice.

Last updated:  Jul 24, 2024.

Route

Gabriola Island (Descanso Bay) to Nanaimo (Nanaimo Harbour)

This is a non-bookable route. Fares are paid at the terminal at the time of travel.


Mondays

Depart
Arrive DURATION STOP DETAILS
5:15 am
5:40 am 25m

Non-stop

6:20 am
6:45 am 25m

Non-stop

7:05 am
7:30 am 25m

Non-stop

7:35 am
8:00 am 25m

Non-stop

8:10 am
8:35 am 25m

Non-stop

8:45 am
9:10 am 25m

Non-stop

9:20 am
9:45 am 25m

Non-stop

9:55 am
10:20 am 25m

Non-stop

10:30 am
10:55 am 25m

Non-stop

11:05 am
11:30 am 25m

Non-stop

11:40 am
12:05 pm 25m

Non-stop

12:55 pm
1:20 pm 25m

Non-stop

1:30 pm
1:55 pm 25m

Non-stop

2:15 pm
2:40 pm 25m

Non-stop

2:50 pm
3:15 pm 25m

Non-stop

3:25 pm
3:50 pm 25m