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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Seamless travel between Vancouver, Sunshine Coast and Texada Island

Our goal is to provide a reliable and seamless experience for customers travelling between the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale, Earls Cove – Saltery Bay and Powell River – Texada routes. Check out our guide for travelling between these terminals this season:

Travelling northbound Horseshoe Bay – Langdale and Earls Cove – Saltery Bay

We schedule departure and arrival times at Earls Cove to provide enough time to drive between the Langdale and Earls Cove terminals.

Captains on the Saltery Bay – Earls Cove ferry (Malaspina Sky) regularly monitor the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route to keep track of departure and arrival times, weather delays, traffic volumes and road conditions. They decide how long to hold the ferry for delayed traffic coming from another route based on:

  • An expected 2 hour and 20 minute travel window between Horseshoe Bay and Earls Cove in normal conditions. Captains may extend this window due to poor weather, highway conditions, etc.
  • Captains may delay departure from Earls Cove by up to 20 minutes. They balance the option to delay with the ability to make up time on their sailing and get back to the regular schedule. They also consider traffic volumes at Saltery Bay.
  • During peak traffic in the summer, the Malaspina Sky’s Captain may not be able to delay the sailing for traffic. Accumulated delays can affect southbound customers planning to proceed to a sailing at Langdale.


Depending on the circumstances, some sailings have more flexibility to hold up for up to 20 minutes to allow for a departure delay at Earls Cove to accommodate vehicle customers unloading at Langdale and heading for the Upper Sunshine Coast.

The specific sailings depend on the time of year and are as follows:
 

PEAK SEASON (late-June to Labour Day)
The third Earls Cove departure of the day 10:35 AM
The fourth Earls Cove departure of the day 12:55 PM
The last sailing of the day 10:00 PM
OFF-PEAK SEASON (Labour day to June)
The third Earls Cove departure of the day, except on Sundays, December 25 and January 1, when this is the second departure
The fourth Earls Cove departure of the day, except on Sunday, December 25 and January 1, when this is the third departure
The last sailing of the day

If the ferry on the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route is running behind schedule, the Malaspina Sky Captain will revise the departure time from Earls Cove.
 

Once confirmed, onboard staff will announce the new Earls Cove departure time on the ferry travelling from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale to ensure customers proceeding to Powell River are informed.

We may also post a service notice on bcferries.com and at the terminal with the new departure time

Travelling northbound Powell River – Texada Island

The following procedures have been set to provide the best opportunity for timely travel:

  • The Malaspina Sky will ensure the 8:05 PM sailing from Earls Cove (when scheduled) departs with enough time for customers to make the final Texada Island sailing for the day. Onboard staff may make an announcement for customers travelling to Texada Island to identify themselves at the Coastal Cafe.
  • The Malaspina Sky will inform the Texada Island ferry that traffic is heading to Powell River terminal. Onboard staff will announce the departure times for the Texada Island ferry to the customers on the Malaspina Sky. 
     
  • If the Malaspina Sky is expecting delays, we will post a service notice on bcferries.com and at the Earls Cove terminal.

The Captain on the Texada Island ferry will monitor the expected arrival time of the Malaspina Sky at Saltery Bay. If there is a delayed arrival, the Texada Island ferry can hold for traffic for up to 20 minutes. If the traffic volume exceeds five vehicles, the Captain may hold the ferry for longer.

Travelling southbound from Earls Cove to Langdale
  • If the Malaspina Sky is delayed, onboard staff will notify the Langdale Terminal.
     
  • If customers with a booking for a Langdale departure cannot safely make it to the terminal within the booking check-in period (30–60 minutes prior to scheduled departure) due to the delay, the terminal will whenever possible extend booking check-in until loading begins.
     
  • If a customer with a booking arrives at the terminal after loading begins, terminal staff will assess whether they can redeem their booking*.
    * The Langdale Terminal Operations Manager reserves the right to extend reservation check-in times at their discretion.
     
  • If the Malaspina Sky is not delayed and there are other circumstances that lead to a delayed arrival time at Langdale, bookings will be subject to standard procedures. When possible, Langdale terminal staff may allow Malaspina Sky passengers through beyond the cut-off time.
     
  • The cut-off times allow sufficient time for staff to complete shore closing procedures and to ensure the safety of both our passengers and crew. These procedures include departure checks on the ferry, stopping traffic, aligning ramps, and counting passengers.

How you can help ensure smooth sailing

Check daily schedules for current sailing times
 
Northbound customers travelling on the 7:30 AM and 9:45 AM departures from Horseshoe Bay:

If the ferry departs 45 minutes late or more:

  • Identify yourself at the Chief Steward’s office on board and inform staff you are travelling through to Earls Cove.
  • Listen to onboard announcements for the revised Earls Cove departure time.
Southbound customers with a Langdale reservation travelling on the 5:35 AM, 7:30 AM or 2:30 PM departures from Saltery Bay:

If the ferry departs 15 minutes or more late, proceed to the onboard cafeteria and inform staff you have a booking for a departure from Langdale*.

* Langdale – Horseshoe Bay ferry cannot guarantee to hold for late arrivals.


 

For the most up-to-date sailing and departure information, follow @BCFerries on X, visit our Current Conditions or call us toll free at 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779).

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