Reserve and Plan

Travelling with us this Victoria Day long 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 May 16 to 20, BC Ferries will be adding nearly 100 extra sailings on the two routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island, and the route to the Sunshine Coast.

  • 66 extra sailings are scheduled on the Vancouver – Victoria route (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay), the most popular route in the fleet
  • 15 extra sailings are scheduled on the West Vancouver – Nanaimo route (Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay)
  • 11 extra sailings are scheduled on the West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast route (Horseshoe Bay – Langdale)
View sailing schedule »

Arrive Early & Check-In Quickly

We encourage customers with advance bookings to arrive at the terminal 45 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 popular times. Please refer to current conditions and plan accordingly.

Follow traffic control flaggers, and inform the ticket agent of your booking upon arrival to expedite the check-in process.


The Best Times to Travel for Customers without a Reservation

If you are travelling without a reservation, sailing waits can occur during peak travel times. Travelling at less busy times will help you avoid waits.

Select a route from the drop down menu below to see the best times to travel if you don't have a reservation.

 

2019 May Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay

2019 May Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Swartz Bay to Duke Point

2019 May Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Tsawwassen to Duke Point

2019 May Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Duke Point to Tsawwassen

2019 May Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay

2019 May Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay

2019 May Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Horseshoe Bay to Langdale

2019 May Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Langdale to Horseshoe Bay


Book in Advance

We encourage customers to reserve early to guarantee a spot on the sailing of their choice. Customers with flexibility 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. Non-reserved vehicle traffic may experience higher volumes at popular times and may experience sailing waits.

Make a reservation »

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.


Summer Savings

Sunrise/Sunset Savings

Travel for less this summer on more than 1,650 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 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 Extra Length Vehicles promotion »


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!