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BC Ferries to expand alcohol sales on three major routes connecting Vancouver and Vancouver Island


BC Ferries has announced their Coastal Cafe menu will soon include alcoholic beverages, with the new additions being offered by the end of this summer. 

Between October 2019 to March 2020, BC Ferries successfully introduced wine and beer service to their Pacific Buffet. 

Following this, the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily closed buffet services onboard which remained closed until further notice. 

Now, applications for a license to serve alcoholic beverages in Coastal Cafes on select sailings has been approved, subject to inspectors’ reviews, from the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch. 

The license will allow BC Ferries to sell alcoholic beverages with the purchase of a meal in select Coastal Cafes on board its vessels that sail the three major routes connecting Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. 

This means, in the next few months, BC Ferries will be introducing BC wine, craft beer, ciders and other alcoholic beverages to the menu in Coastal Cafes on vessels sailing between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen and Duke Point and Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay. 

These beverages will be served in limited quantities by staff who are Serving it Right certified. 

Alcoholic beverages will be limited to two drinks per customer 19-years of age or older, and must be purchased with a meal. 

The new offerings are expected to be rolled out by the end of this summer.

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