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BC Ferries cancels several Swartz Bay sailings due to adverse weather conditions


Monday has brought a wind warning to the waters in between the Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen BC Ferries terminals and as a result of this, one vessel has cancelled multiple sailings.

The Queen of New Westminster will be out of commission for the better part of Monday, September 25th.

BC Ferries says the following sailings will be cancelled:

  • 8 a.m. departing Tsawwassen, Vancouver
  • 10 a.m. departing Swartz Bay, Victoria
  • 12 p.m. departing Tsawwassen, Vancouver
  •  2 p.m. departing Swartz Bay, Victoria

With the Queen of New Westminster being out of commission for the morning, the subsequent sailings on other BC Ferries vessels between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen have added pressure on them following the weekend.

As of this publication, current conditions between the two terminals says that the 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. sailings are completely full for personal vehicles.

The next available sailing for drivers to traverse the Strait of Georgia is at 1 p.m. That sailing is currently 48% full. 

BC Ferries says it is trying to get people who were booked in on the cancelled sailings a spot on a ferry later in the day, but is willing to refund customers who are unable to make a later sailing work. 

The rest of the day’s schedule indicates that most other sailings should be attainable for commuters being between 26% and 55% at capacity for personal vehicles.

In addition to the Queen of New Westminster cancelled sailings, sailings between Quadra Island and Cortes Island have been cancelled until sometime in the afternoon due to the weather conditions.  

The following sailings have been impacted:

  • 7:50 a.m. departing Whaletown, Cortes Island
  • 9:05 a.m. departing Heriot Bay, Quadra Island
  • 9:50 am departing Whaletown, Cortes Island
  • 11:05 a.m. departing Heriot Bay, Quadra Island
  • 11:50 a.m. departing Whaletown, Cortes Island
  • 1:05 p.m. departing Heriot Bay, Quadra Island

BC Ferries says that it is monitoring the weather conditions and will provide updates as the day progresses through their X (Twitter) account as well as their current conditions page

“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us. We apologize for any inconvenience as a result of these cancellations,” said BC Ferries in the travel advisory they issued.

Curtis Blandy

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