Spirit of Vancouver Island Rescue
The Spirit of Vancouver Island approaches the Tawwassen ferry terminal near Roberts Bank, May 12, 2013. (Photo/Dennis J. Dubinsky) 9030682

With crashes and road closures being reported across the island, travellers looking to head to the mainland today will have to postpone their plans as BC Ferries has cancelled all three major routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island due to snow.

The last sailing out of Swartz Bay is at 5 p.m., with the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. sailings being cancelled.

BC Ferries is citing “expected deteriorating weather conditions” and the forecast that calls for more snow as reasons for the cancellations.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us,” says BC Ferries in their cancellation notices. “We don’t take the decision to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations.”

“We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience experienced as a result of this cancellation.”

Last night, hundreds were left stranded at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal after the Patricia Bay Highway was closed due to heavy snowfall.

Service is expected to resume Tuesday morning.

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