BC Ferries is adding 93 extra sailings for the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend to ensure smooth sailing for customers travelling between Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.
Between Thursday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 15, BC Ferries is adding:
• 74 extra sailings on the Vancouver – Victoria route (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay), the most popular route in the fleet, including: 6:00 a.m. departures from Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen on October 11, 12, 14 and 15
• 13 extra sailings on the West Vancouver – Nanaimo route (Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay)
• 6 extra sailings on the West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast route (Horseshoe Bay – Langdale)
Historically, the most popular travel times are Thursday and Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning for traffic moving from the Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.
The most popular travel day of the long weekend will be Thanksgiving Monday, with traffic returning from the Departure Bay, Swartz Bay and Langdale terminals.
The Thanksgiving long weekend is typically the most popular travel weekend of the year for walk-on passengers. At peak times, some sailings may reach passenger capacity and some walk-on customers may experience a sailing wait.