BC Ferries Lower Deck Ban
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This Thanksgiving weekend, B.C. Ferries is leaving nothing up to fate!

In anticipation of long weekend crowds, the company has added ninety extra sailings to their weekend schedule. Reservations for peak sailing hours have already sold out!

The most heavily impacted route – Vancouver-Victoria (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay) – will be getting 82 extra sailings, including 6 AM departures starting Friday, October 6th, and midnight departures on Friday and Monday nights.

More trips have been added along the Vancouver-Nanaimo (Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay) route at peak hours, as well as an extra round trip on the Vancouver – Sunshine Coast (Horseshoe Bay – Langdale) route on Friday and Monday evening.

Holiday Monday One of the Busiest Times of the Year

Regardless of whether you have a reservation or not, the holiday Monday of the Thanksgiving weekend is usually the busiest time of the year for B.C. Ferries, so passengers are advised to arrive at the terminal earlier than they normally would.

Wait times aren’t just going to affect vehicle traffic either, as B.C. Ferries expects to hit maximum foot passenger numbers during peak hours.

“We’ve also discounted those [off-peak hour] sailings,” B.C. Ferries representative Deb Marshall told CHEK news. “So it will provide customers with a bit of an incentive to travel at the off-peak periods.”

So keep an eye on the B.C. Ferries website for the ideal times and prices for your travel this Thanksgiving weekend!

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