Salish Orca
Salish Orca, with artwork designed by Darlene Gait from Esquimalt Nation | BC Ferries

Starting Tuesday, June 15th, BC Ferries is welcoming recreational travellers again.

BC Ferries’ announcement comes after the province announced it was moving into Stage 2 of their Restart Plan on June 15th.

A recreational travel ban was implemented on April 22nd as a way to slow the increasing number of COVID-19 at the time.

Additionally, BC Ferries is changing their mandatory mask policy in outdoor spaces on its terminals; though still mandatory inside the vessels, masks will now be optional outdoors.

Transport Canada’s current regulations mandate face coverings and physical distancing requirements on board.

Recreational travel will resume at these terminals:

  • Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
  • Tsawwassen – Duke Point Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands
  • Comox – Powell River
  • Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay
  • Port Hardy – Prince Rupert

“The end of travel restrictions marks a key milestone in tackling COVID-19 and we are thrilled it means we can welcome everyone back on board,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President & CEO.

“Our teams are ready to welcome back recreational travellers on all of our routes. We will be adding sailings back into the schedule as we get into the summer season to ensure we have the capacity to meet the anticipated demand.”

The BC Ferries’ website crashed after the announcement and, as of this publication, is still unavailable.

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