To aid in the long weekend traffic rush, Nanaimo-based ferry company Hullo has announced their September schedule and has added extra sailings specifically for the Labour Day long weekend.
Starting today, Thursday, August 31st and running through Monday September 4th, expected sailings from Nanaimo will be offered at 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.
If you’re departing from Vancouver to Nanaimo, sailings will be offered at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.
“We understand the demand that arises on long weekend travel, so our goal is to provide an additional friendly and fast option for travel between the mainland and Vancouver Island,” shared Alastair Caddick, Hullo’s Chief Executive Officer.
After the long weekend and through the rest of September, Hullo will move to a 3-roundtrip sailing schedule—with sailings leaving Nanaimo at 6 a.m., 10 a.m., and 4:30 p.m.; and travel from Vancouver to Nanaimo will be offered at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
According to the release, Hullo is also looking to add a few select late night sailings in the fall to coincide with special events in Vancouver and more details will be released soon.
By the end of September, Hullo is hoping to have an exclusive shuttle service connecting from the Nanaimo terminal to several downtown Nanaimo stops, and conversations with the city are underway for a city bus service to connect directly from the terminal.
For now, Modo, Evo, and U-ride are all available from the terminal.
Hullo, a ferry company started by Vancouver Island Ferry Company (VIFC), was launched earlier in August for those commuting between Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver.
Bookings for Hullo can be made here.
BC Ferries is also planning to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. today to reveal their plans in managing the long weekend travels. Victoria Buzz will release an updated story when that becomes available.
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