Reserve and Plan

Travelling with us this Thanksgiving long weekend?

What to expect, travel tips and planning ahead

Thanksgiving Long Weekend

We're looking forward to welcome you on board and helping you get to your final destination. We have added more than 90 extra sailings for customers travelling between Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast for the Thanksgiving long weekend.

We're encouraging customers to plan ahead and have put together the following information to assist you.


Peak Travel Times over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend

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 Canada Day Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay

2019 Canada Day Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen

2019 Canada Day Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Tsawwassen to Duke Point

2019 Canada Day Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Duke Point to Tsawwassen

2019 Canada Day Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay

2019 Canada Day Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Horseshoe Bay Departure Bay

2019 Canada Day Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Horseshoe Bay to Langdale

2019 Canada Day Long Weekend Busy Sailing Times Langdale to Horseshoe Bay


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.

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


Arrive Early & Check-In Quickly

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 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.


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.

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.

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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. Please arrive early and advise the ticket agent if you have any special needs, and we will do our best to accommodate your request on your confirmed sailing. If we are unable to meet your request, you will have the option to travel on the next available sailing where your request can be accommodated.


Be Prepared for Sailing Waits

At popular times, if you are travelling without a booking, you may experience sailing waits.

Did you know? On our reservable routes, a sailing wait only applies to people without bookings, when a vessel has reached capacity. Customers who make bookings are guaranteed to be on their sailing of choice when they arrive at least 30 minutes in advance. Reserved traffic moves smoothly. If a sailing wait occurs, it means that non-reserved traffic will be placed on the next available ferry.


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


Explore B.C. this Thanksgiving

Customers planning to explore B.C. this Thanksgiving can book their getaway with BC Ferries Vacations. Packages to coastal destinations like Victoria, Vancouver and the Gulf Islands include ferry travel, hotel accommodation, complimentary room upgrades, and more. Visit us online or drop by the BC Ferries Vacations Centre in downtown Vancouver at 1010 Canada Place.