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Over a dozen sailings were cancelled on multiple BC Ferries routes as high winds and turbulent seas were reported around Vancouver Island.

On the Nanaimo (Departure Bay) to Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) route, four sailings were cancelled, including:

  • Queen of Cowichan 10:40 am departing Departure Bay
  • Queen of Cowichan 1:00 pm departing Horseshoe Bay
  • Queen of Oak Bay 10:40 am departing Horseshoe Bay
  • Queen of Oak Bay 1:00 pm departing Departure Bay

The ferry from Comox to Powell River also saw a pair of cancellations, with the Salish Orca calling off 9:55 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. departures from Little River and Westview respectively.

North Island ferry service on routes between Port McNeill, Sointula, and Alert Bay was also affected. Four sailings were cancelled for the Island Aurora, including:

  • 9:35 am departing Cormorant Island
  • 10:25 am departing Port McNeill
  • 11:00 am departing Sointula
  • 11:35 am departing Port McNeill

Finally, a large number of sailings on the MV Kahloke and MV Tachek servicing the Gulf Islands including Hornby, Denman, Cortes and Quadra were cancelled, including:

  • 9:00 am departing Shingle Spit, Hornby Island
  • 9:40 am departing Gravelly Bay, Denman Island
  • 10:00 am departing Shingle Spit, Hornby Island
  • 10:40 am departing Gravelly Bay, Denman Island
  • 7:50 am departing Cortes Island
  • 9:05 am departing Quadra Island
  • 9:50 am departing Cortes Island
  • 11:05 am departing Quadra Island

BC Ferries says that they do not take cancellations lightly and recommend passengers follow @BCFerries on Twitter for updates.

Service notices and cancellations are also posted to the BC Ferries Current Conditions website.

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