BC Ferries is recommending reservations for customers planning to take a ferry this upcoming long weekend.
Historically, the most popular travel times are Thursday and Friday afternoon, as well as Saturday morning, with many travellers departing from the Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals, according to a release from BC Ferries.
Labour Day Monday and the following Tuesday morning are typically the most popular times for people to return from Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, the release said.
Customers arriving without a reservation should be prepared for a wait.
“If reservations are sold out, the best option to avoid sailing waits is to travel during less busy times. For example, Saturday or Sunday departing from Swartz Bay and Departure Bay are good times to travel,” the release reads.
BC Ferries also suggests travelling as a foot passenger. If possible, choose public transit or arrange to be dropped off at the terminal. Foot passengers can now make bookings on the Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes.
Customers with a booking should plan to arrive at the terminal 45-60 minutes before their scheduled departure. Walk-on passengers should arrive 45 minutes before their scheduled departure, the release said.
Masks are once again mandatory in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status, on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals for customers 12 years of age and older.