Reserve and Plan

Travelling with us this Thanksgiving weekend?

What to expect, travel tips and planning ahead

2018 Thanksgiving Long Weekend

We're looking forward to welcoming you on board and helping you get to your final destination. We’re encouraging customers to plan ahead and have put together the following information to assist you.

Additional Sailings

We have scheduled over 80 extra sailings for the long weekend on the Metro Vancouver – Victoria route (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay), which is the most popular route in the fleet. These extra sailings include:

  • 6 a.m. departures on October 5, 6, 8, and 9 for those travellers who wish to get a jump on the day
  • Sailings at 10 p.m. from Tsawwassen are scheduled for October 4, 5 and 8 and from Swartz Bay on October 5 and 8 at the end of the day

We also added extra sailings at popular times over the long weekend on the Metro Vancouver – Nanaimo route (Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay) and on the Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast route (Horseshoe Bay – Langdale).

View sailing schedules »

Foot Passengers

If you're travelling as a foot passenger on the weekend, we recommend you plan to arrive at the terminal early (45 – 60 minutes prior to your scheduled sailing).

Southern Gulf Island routes

Southern Gulf Island customers (Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano and Saturna Islands) are reminded the holiday Monday schedule will be in effect after 2 p.m. on October 8. Passengers travelling from Tsawwassen to the Southern Gulf Islands also have the option of sailing via Swartz Bay terminal. Foot passenger reservations are also available for customers travelling from Tsawwassen to the Southern Gulf Islands.

View sailing schedules »


For travel certainty and to ensure you're on the sailing of your choice, we strongly encourage customers to make reservations.

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Terminal Parking

On long weekends, parking lots at our terminals tend to fill up quickly. It's likely a number of them will be at maximum capacity by midmorning, from Thursday through Monday. If possible, we strongly encourage customers to take public transit or to arrange to be dropped off at the terminal. At Tsawwassen, a Park & Go service is available near the start of the causeway.

View terminal parking information »
View current parking volumes at our major terminals »

When parking lots are at capacity, we will advise via Twitter @BCFerries.

Keeping You Informed

Follow us on Twitter @BCFerries for sailing status, current conditions, travel advisories and service updates throughout the weekend. Here are some additional travel tips to help ensure your journey with us is as pleasant as possible.

Peak Travel Times over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend

The most popular travel times are expected to be from Thursday to late morning Saturday with traffic moving from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island and from Horseshoe Bay to the Sunshine Coast. The holiday Monday, October 8th and Tuesday, October 9th are expected to be busy with traffic returning to Metro Vancouver. The link below highlights the peak sailing times we are expecting the highest traffic and provides a look at the off-peak sailings which tend to be less busy.

View busy travel periods on major routes »

We're Here to Help

Extra crew and staff will be ready to welcome and assist you at the terminals, onboard and in the Customer Care Centre.

Customer Care Centre
Twitter: @BCFerries
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm / Sat-Sun 7am-7pm

We'll see you on board soon!