BC Ferries says it will add extra sailings starting tomorrow (June 25) in time for peak travel season.
The added times include 6:25 a.m. sailings in both directions and select 11:40 p.m. sailings departing Horseshoe Bay on the West Vancouver – Nanaimo (Departure Bay) route.
Two vessels will provide 16 sailings per day between 5:15 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. for the Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Nanaimo (Duke Point) route daily until September 10.
The most popular travel times during the summer are generally Thursday and Friday afternoons, as well as Saturday morning, with travellers departing from Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals, according to BC Ferries.
It added that Sunday afternoon is the most popular time for people to return from Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. To avoid sailing waits, it recommends customers book in advance, or travel outside these times.
BC Ferries also added more late night sailings on its Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay) route, including daily 9 p.m. sailings in both direction. There will also be 6 a.m. sailings Monday through Saturday, except statutory holidays, effective July 7.
Summer service on the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route includes a second dedicated vessel providing extra sailings throughout the season. To meet peak demand between Metro Vancouver and the Southern Gulf Islands, BC Ferries said it also scheduled additional sailings for this route.