Tuesday, February 27, 2024

BC Ferries cancels multiple Friday night sailings due to adverse weather


If you are planning on getting to, or leaving the island this weekend, you had better plan on getting to the ferry as early as possible.

BC Ferries has cancelled six sailings so far scheduled for Friday evening between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen from 7 p.m. onward. 

They have also cancelled numerous other sailings. These routes have been impacted:

  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Swartz Bay (Victoria)
    • All sailings beginning with the 7 p.m. departure from Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen
  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Duke Point (Nanaimo)
    • All sailings beginning with the 8:15 p.m. departure from Duke Point
  • Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) – Departure Bay (Nanaimo)
    • All sailings beginning with the 8:05 p.m. departure from Horseshoe Bay
  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Southern Gulf Islands
    • All sailings beginning with the 7:30 p.m. departure from Tsawwassen
  • Little River (Comox) – Westview (Powell River)
    • All sailings beginning with the 3:25 p.m. departure from Comox
  • Westview (Powell River) – Blubber Bay (Texada Island)
    • All sailings beginning with the 5:05 p.m. departing from Powell River
  • Campbell River – Quadra Island (Quathiaski Cove)
    • All sailings beginning with the 3 p.m. departure from Campbell River and Quathiaski Cove
  • Quadra Island (Heriot Bay) – Cortes Island (Whaletown)
    • All sailings beginning with the 3:05 p.m. departure from Heriot Bay

These routes have all had sailings cancelled due to the weather warning that will be impacting much of the Strait of Georgia and the Juan de Fuca Strait will be impacted. 


According to Environment Canada, gusts of winds reaching 70 to 90 km/h are expected to wreak havoc on open waters and in some Vancouver Island regions. 

The following map indicates the regions where a wind and weather warning will be active on the evening of Friday, November 10th. 

(Environment Canada)

“Our Customer Service Centre will contact customers with bookings on cancelled sailings to let them know if we have space available to fit them on an alternate sailing or if their booking must be cancelled,” said BC Ferries in a travel advisory. 

“In the case of a cancellation, we will refund fees and/or fares.”

Departure and arrival status’ can be found online, along with up-to-date travel advisories from BC Ferries.

Curtis Blandy

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