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BC Ferries offering more sailings due to pent-up travel demand

Last Updated Jun 24, 2021 at 12:44 pm PDT

FILE - BC Ferries. (Courtesy Twitter/BC Ferries)

BC Ferries moving to summer schedule, with more sailings, as of Friday

Vessels still operating at about 70 per cent passenger capacity

B.C. in step 2 of restart plan, which allows for leisure travel across the province

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With more people able to travel around the province, BC Ferries is adding some extra sailings, starting Friday, but vessels are still running at reduced capacity.

“We are waiting for the nod from Transport Canada to move from approximately 70 per cent passenger capacity back to 100 per cent. We are expecting that notification soon,” said Deb Marshall with BC Ferries.

With B.C. now in step two of its restart plan, British Columbians are allowed to travel across the province for leisure.

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“Now that the travel restrictions are lifted, we know there’s a lot of pent-up demand and a lot of customers are going to want to travel with BC Ferries,” Marshall said, noting it’s a schedule that might look familiar.

“The summer schedule that we used to have in place pre-pandemic … [such as] extra sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale and all of the other routes where we do add, traditionally, some extra sailings,” she explained.

That includes hourly sailings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as added evening trips. Sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay will run as late as 11:40 p.m.

There will also be 16 sailings per day between Tsawwassen and Duke Point, seven days a week, until Sept. 10.