BC Ferries
Image: BC Ferries vessel docking at the Swartz Bay terminal. (nickaroundtheworld/ Instagram)

In response to supply chain shortages, BC Ferries is running a round-trip ferry from Swartz Bay and Duke Point to support the movement of essential goods and travellers.

The route will depart Swartz Bay at 12:30 p.m. and then Duke Point at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18th.

The Malahat highway connecting Greater Victoria to the South and Central Island has been reduced to single-lane alternating traffic during the day and is undergoing closures overnight to repair damages caused by mass flooding.

BC Ferries is also continuing to run operate the Brentwood Bay – Mill Bay ferry this Wednesday evening, departing both Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay in order to support traffic:

The Brentwood/Mill Bay ferries will run at these times:

  • 7:30 pm to 8:05 pm
  • 8:40 pm to 9:15 pm
  • 9:50 pm to 10:25 pm
  • 11:00 pm to 11:35 pm

The BC government is encouraging only essential travel in the storm affected areas and has declared a state of emergency for the province.

See more: BC declares state of a emergency following mass flooding across province

At a press conference today, BC government officials said they would be working to restore the Malahat highway to regular service within the week.

Across the province, multiple highways have been closed by landslides leading to disruptions in travel.

Premier Horgan urged people not to hoard items.

“What you need, your neighbours need as well. We’re confident we can restore our supply chains in a quick and orderly manner,” Horgan said.

The state of emergency will mean all provincial emergency measures can be implemented in order to help BC’s recovery.