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

With the upcoming Labour Day weekend on the horizon, BC Ferries have offered some tips for making sure you can get across the waters without a headache.

The most popular travel times according to BC Ferries?

Thursday and Friday afternoon and Labour Day Monday and the following Tuesday morning.

So regardless of where you’re departing, Thursday, September 2nd and Friday, September 3rd are going to be busy; and coming back, Monday, September 6th and Tuesday morning, September 7th are going to be big travel days.

Try to plan accordingly by reserving a ferry in advance or going as a foot passenger, or be prepared for sailing waits.

If you do book your sailing in advance, arrive early.

BC Ferries recommends that customers should arrive at the terminal 45-60 minutes before their scheduled departure.

Walk-ons should arrive 45 minutes before theirs.

And remember, we’re still in a pandemic, so if you’re over the age of 12, mask up in all indoor public spaces and terminals, regardless of vaccination status.

Some exceptions apply.

And most importantly!

Respect your fellow travellers, it’s going to be a busy weekend and high traffic areas tend to be stressful— especially during a pandemic.

Be courteous and kind, and most importantly, be safe.

Have a fun trip!

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