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

It’s windy out there, Victoria!

Earlier on Friday morning, Environment Canada issued a wind warning for much of the west coast, and it looks like the blustering gusts are affecting BC Ferries.

Sailings in the late morning and early afternoon between Victoria and Vancouver, Nanaimo and Vancouver, and Comox and Powell River have been cancelled.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us,” said 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 will resume service as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Victoria and Vancouver

High winds have affected the following sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen.

The cancellations that BC Ferries has announced as of 9:25 a.m. are:

  • 11:00 am departing Victoria (Swartz Bay)
  • 11:00 am departing Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
  • 12:00 pm departing Victoria (Swartz Bay)
  • 1:00 pm departing Victoria (Swartz Bay)
  • 1:00 pm departing Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
  • 2:00 pm departing Vancouver (Tsawwassen)

Nanaimo and Vancouver

Victoria isn’t the only island community that’s been effected. From Nanaimo, routes between Duke Point and Tsawwassen, and Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay have also been cancelled.

The cancellations between Duke Point and Tsawwassen are:

  • 10:15 am departing Nanaimo (Duke Point)
  • 10:15 am departing Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
  • 12:45 pm departing Nanaimo (Duke Point)
  • 12:45 pm departing Vancouver (Tsawwassen)

The cancellations between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay are:

  • 10:40 am departing Nanaimo (Departure Bay)
  • 10:40 am departing Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)
  • 1:00 pm departing Nanaimo (Departure Bay)
  • 1:00 pm departing Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)

Sailings between Comox Valley and Powell River have also been cancelled. For updates on BC Ferries sailings, stay tuned to their service notices webpage here, and follow their Twitter account.

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


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