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After expanding their summer schedule and restarting some food services aboard vessels last month, BC Ferries is further increasing the number of things you can buy while travelling.

In a statement on Wednesday, the company announced that offering a limited menu at the Coastal Café and Arbutus Coffee Bar as well as reopening some Passages gift shop locations is the next order of business.

See also: BC Ferries adds nearly 80 more sailings per week to Vancouver Island, mainland routes

Packaged food items and limited hot food services are now available on the following routes:

  • Victoria (Swartz Bay) – Southern Gulf Islands
  • Metro Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Southern Gulf Islands
  • Metro Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) – Bowen Island (Snug Cove)
  • Powell River (Westview) – Comox (Little River)
  • Sunshine Coast (Earls Cove) – Powell River (Saltery Bay)
  • Vancouver Island (Port Hardy) – North Coast (Prince Rupert)
  • North Coast (Prince Rupert) – Haida Gwaii (Skidegate)

All hot food is served in packaging so that customers can take it back to their vehicles, the outerdeck, or to consume in the limited cafeteria seating spaces.

Starting July 10, BC Ferries will reopen the Passages gift stores aboard the Spirit of British
Columbia and Spirit of Vancouver Island travelling between Victoria (Swartz Bay) and Metro Vancouver (Tsawwassen), and the Queen of Cowichan and Queen of Oak Bay travelling between Nanaimo (Departure Bay) and Metro Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay).

The Lands End Café at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal has also reopened with limited food and beverage options available, including Bread Garden sandwiches, brewed coffee and tea, beverages, packaged pastries, cold cereal, yogurt and fruit cups.

BC Ferries continues to adhere to Transport Canada guidelines and remains at 50 per cent capacity, which means that despite having an expanded schedule, sailings might still be full to present capacity.

All passengers are now required to carry a face mask or face covering while on board any ferry route longer than 30 minutes, and will be asked to put them on in situations where physical distancing is not possible.

Everyone boarding a ferry route that travels longer than 30 minutes will be asked if they’re carrying a face covering and if they would be willing to wear it whenever necessary.

Anyone who says no to these questions will be declined boarding

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