Reserve and Plan

Travelling with us this weekend? June 28-July 2, 2018

What to expect, travel tips and planning ahead

Expected Heavy Traffic on the Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay Route (June 28 - July 2)

BC Ferries is advising customers that the Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) – Departure Bay (Nanaimo) route will be extremely busy on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29 heading into the Canada Day long weekend. The company planned to add a third major vessel to the route last weekend; however repairs to the Coastal Inspiration are taking longer than originally anticipated. The work being done is highly technical and is regrettably taking longer than expected, with a new return to service date of Monday, July 2.

BC Ferries is advising customers without vehicle reservations on this route to avoid travelling via Horseshoe Bay terminal on these two days. Customers who had reservations on sailings that have been cancelled will be contacted via email by BC Ferries Customer Care to notify them of the cancellation of their reservation and fee refund. BC Ferries regrets that it will not be able to move customers to the next available sailing, as reservations are near capacity for all sailings.

View the current Travel Advisory for cancelled sailings »

To assist customers who have a flexible travel schedule, BC Ferries has added sailings from Horseshoe Bay at the end of the sailing day on both June 28 and June 29. Reservations are available on these sailings.

  • June 28, from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay: a 12:30am sailing has been added at the end of the service day
  • June 29, from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay: a 12:30am sailing has been added at the end of the service day

In addition to considering travel at these off peak sailing times, we are encouraging customers to plan ahead and to please consider the following:

  • Consider travelling on the Tsawwassen–Duke Point or Tsawwassen–Swartz Bay routes instead as these routes have additional summer service; reservations are still available on select sailings
  • Travel as a foot passenger, if possible
  • Take public transit to and from the ferry terminals or have a friend or family member drop you off; the parking lots at Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay may fill up earlier than usual
  • Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29 are expected to be the most popular travel days; if you have some flexibility in your travel schedule, please consider travelling outside busiest times
  • Travel early in the day. Sailings prior to 9am are less busy.
View Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay sailing schedule »

Follow @BCFerries on Twitter for the most up-to-date service information.

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).


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

Make a reservation »

Terminal Parking

On 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.

Summer Schedules

The summer schedules will begin the week of June 25th with extra sailings on the Metro Vancouver - Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast routes as well as additional sailings on the Inter-Island routes. For customers travelling to and from the mid-island, the Tsawwassen – Duke Point route may also be a good option.

View sailing schedules »

Summer Savings

Sunrise/Sunset Savings

Travel for less all summer long on select early morning and late evening sailings. Prices start from $49 for one standard under-height vehicle and driver. Reservations for the promotional sailings are strongly recommended. View the the Sunrise Sunset Savings promotion »

Bring it All!

Load up your RV, boat or bikes and save $3.25 per additional foot on extra length passenger vehicles measuring over 20 ft. Travel all summer long with up to 85 sailings a week. Reservations for the promotional sailings are strongly recommended. View the the Extra Length Vehicles promotion »

Peak Travel Times over the Canada Day 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, July 2nd and Tuesday, July 3rd 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
Contact us on Twitter: @BCFerries
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-10pm / Sat-Sun 7am-7pm

Make sure to check out the balloon twisters and face painters at select major terminals throughout the long weekend and the #DrawTheCoast Kids' Drawing Contest to win some great prizes! View the contest »

We'll see you on board soon!