BC Ferries anticipates another busy weekend with bookings sold out until Monday – .

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BC Ferries anticipates another busy weekend with bookings sold out until Monday – .


Longer waits may be ahead for BC Ferries passengers this weekend, as the ferry company expects a busy weekend to travel between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

According to BC Ferries’ online reservation system, all bookings on the The Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route is sold out between Friday and Monday and by mid-morning on October 22, unreserved traffic was already experiencing at least two hours of waiting.

« Rush hours will be this afternoon and Sunday afternoon, ”said a statement from BC Ferries. “Customers without reservations who wish to avoid navigation expectations must travel during off-peak hours. “

To help alleviate some of the travel issues, additional round trips have been added at the end of the operational day – one through 11 p.m. from Swartz Bay and another ferry at 1 a.m. from Tsawwassen.

BC Ferries told CHEK News that one of the factors affecting wait times is that the Spirit of Vancouver Island is out of service for repairs until mid-November.

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With the Spirit of Vancouver Island out of service, capacity is reduced as a smaller Coast Class vessel fills up and cannot take 310 vehicles and 1,604 passengers and crew on each navigation, unlike the Spirit-class ship, which can carry 358 vehicles and 2,100 passengers and crew.

Additionally, BC Ferries said the Coastal Renaissance and Queen of New Westminster, which can also provide service on the route, are currently unavailable as they are undergoing planned redevelopment.

The fact that kindergarten to grade 12 schools in British Columbia have a professional development day on Fridays, which means the kids have time off.

Another issue that could cause difficulties this weekend is the fact that Environment Canada expects a major storm to hit the south coast, which could lead to ferry cancellations.

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