BC Ferries is adding extra sailings for the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend. Seventy additional trips are scheduled to service holiday weekend travellers.
Fifty-six extra sailings will be provided on the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route, which is the busiest route in the fleet, from Thursday, October 6 through Tuesday, October 11. Twelve additional sailings have also been scheduled on the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay route at peak times. An extra round trip will be provided between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale on the evening of the holiday Monday.
The most popular travel times are expected to be Thursday and Friday afternoons as well as Saturday morning with traffic moving from the Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. The busiest day of the long weekend will be Monday, and multiple vehicle overloads are expected at the Departure Bay, Swartz Bay and Langdale terminals. Duke Point terminal tends to be less congested than Departure Bay, so customers returning to Vancouver from the Nanaimo area may consider Duke Point terminal as an alternative.