Reserve and Plan

Travelling with us this Easter weekend?

What to expect, travel tips and planning ahead

Children on a ferry

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

From April 18 to 23, 89 extra sailings are scheduled on three routes which link Metro Vancouver with Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

  • 70 extra sailings are scheduled on the Vancouver – Victoria route (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay), the most popular route in the fleet
  • 11 extra sailings are scheduled on the West Vancouver – Nanaimo route (Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay)
  • 8 extra sailings are scheduled on the West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast route (Horseshoe Bay – Langdale).
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Spirit of Vancouver Island Returns to Service April 18th

Just in time for the Easter long weekend, the Spirit of Vancouver Island returns to service following a successful mid-life upgrade, which included a conversion from diesel to liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as improvements to navigation equipment and on-board amenities. The vessel will begin sailing between Metro Vancouver (Tsawwassen) and Victoria (Swartz Bay) on April 18.

Arrive Early

We encourage customers with advance bookings to arrive at the terminal 30 to 60 minutes before their scheduled departure. If you're travelling as a foot passenger, we recommend you arrive 45 minutes early for your anticipated sailing. Non-reserved vehicle traffic may experience higher volumes at peak times. Please refer to current conditions and plan accordingly.

Peak Travel Times over Easter Weekend

The most popular travel times are to be expected from Thursday to late morning Saturday with traffic moving from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island and from Horseshoe Bay to the Sunshine Coast. Monday, April 22 is expected to be busy with traffic returning to Metro Vancouver.


We encourage customers to reserve early to guarantee a spot on the sailing of their choice. Customers with flexibility in their schedules can travel at off-peak times to avoid the rush. Reservations start at just $10 when booked 7 days in advance. Customers may also travel without booking in advance, but will travel on a ‘first come, first-served' basis.

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Depending on traffic volumes, reserved customers may be loaded on either the upper or lower vehicle decks to balance the distribution of vehicles on the ship, maximize the number of vehicles loaded and facilitate on-time departures. We need to load more than one lane at a time to adhere to our schedule. Customers with special circumstances, such as medical difficulties, mobility challenges or special needs, may request to be loaded on the upper car deck upon arrival at the ticket booth. We will do our best to accommodate these requests, based on space availability and traffic volume.

Terminal Parking

During long weekends, parking lots at our terminals tend to fill up quickly. 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.

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!