Things are about to get busy!
In anticipation of holiday travel, BC Ferries is adding over 150 additional sailings to their schedule this month for various routes.
The extra sailings aim to ease the flow of traffic during the most popular travel times this holiday.
Between December 22nd and January 2nd, BC Ferries will be adding 110 sailings between Vancouver (Tsawwassen) and Victoria (Swartz Bay), 35 sailings between Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) and Nanaimo (Departure Bay) and six sailings between Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) and the Sunshine Coast (Langdale).
BC Ferries’ says the most popular travel time over the holidays before Christmas Day is December 23rd for traffic moving from the Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.
The most popular travel days over the holidays after Christmas Day will be December 26th
and 27th, with traffic returning from the Departure Bay, Duke Point, Swartz Bay and Langdale terminals.
“Due to traditionally low demand on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, BC Ferries reminds
customers sailing schedules are reduced on some routes. Please check individual schedules online while making your holiday travel plans,” the transportation service said in a media release.
BC Ferries released the following travel tips over the holiday:
- Book in advance. Ferries will be extremely busy this holiday season, especially on peak travel days. Many will also be taking advantage of Saver fares on select sailings to reduce travel costs. You can book online on the BC Ferries website.
- Arrive early. Plan to arrive at the terminal 45 to 60 minutes before your scheduled sailing. If you have not booked your route in advance, be prepared for sailing waits.These are very common during popular travel periods.
- Consider other parking options as major terminals fill up quickly at peak periods.
For more information on schedule information, current conditions, bookings and more visit the BC Ferries website.