B.C. Ferries braces for heavy long-weekend traffic

People heading off the Island this long weekend are advised to plan ahead and travel during off-peak times or make reservations.

B.C. Ferries encourages passengers travelling in vehicles to reserve early and arrive at the terminal 30 to 60 minutes ahead of departure. Foot passengers are advised to arrive 45 minutes before sailing time.

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To avoid sailing waits during the long weekend, passengers travelling from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen without reservations are encouraged to avoid travelling after 9 a.m. People travelling in the opposite direction should avoid travelling Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Monday after noon.

Passengers travelling from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay without reservations can expect sailing waits on Monday after the 8:45 a.m. sailing, and all day Tuesday. In the opposite direction, sailing waits are anticipated for sailings after 11 a.m.

Those travelling between Duke Point and Tsawwassen can expect sailing waits for most of the day Tuesday.

B.C. Ferries has added more than 90 sailings for customers travelling between Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Parking lots can fill up quickly during long weekends, so B.C. Ferries recommends taking public transit or getting dropped off at the terminal.

Updated information on sailing waits will be posted to the B.C. Ferries Twitter account at twitter.com/BCFerries.

Or check for updates at bcferries.com

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