A list of cancellations, delays on Vancouver Island on Dec. 23

A list of cancellations, delays on Vancouver Island on Dec. 23
Severe weather on Dec. 23, 2022 has led to a number of cancellations or delays on Vancouver Island.

Many services on Vancouver Island have announced cancellations, closures or delays due to the winter storm headed for B.C.’s south coast for Dec. 23.

CHEK News has compiled a list of all the services announcing delays or cancellations.

BC Ferries

In anticipation of severe weather, BC Ferries has cancelled a number of sailings including on its busiest route between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen in the morning.

Shortly before 11 a.m., the ferry company announced one sailing was able to leave Tsawwassen due to improved weather conditions, but did not announce if later sailings would resume.

READ MORE: BC Ferries cancels Friday morning sailings in anticipation of winter storm

As weather conditions improve, BC Ferries is resuming service on most of its routes, but there are still some cancellations if staff were unable to make it in.

A full list can be found on BC Ferries’ Routes-At-A-Glance page.

BC Transit

BC Transit has cancelled service in the Cowichan Valley and on Salt Spring Island until further notice due to road conditions.

In Victoria, service was cancelled earlier in the day but just before 4 p.m., all but nine routes were operating.

Nanaimo and Comox Valley were operating but warning of delays.

As of 11 a.m., there were no service alerts posted to BC Transit’s websites for the Campbell RiverMount Waddington, or Port Alberni transit services.

READ MORE: Some Victoria transit to resume, Cowichan Valley, Salt Spring remain cancelled

Canada Post

Mail delivery by Canada Post is under red or yellow alert for most of the country.

Red alert means delivery is cancelled, yellow means it may be delayed.

READ MORE: Canada Post issues red, yellow service alerts for most of country

Colleges and universities

Camosun College announced all classes and services are cancelled.

Royal Roads University, University of Victoria, and North Island College announced campuses would be closed for the day.

Curbside recycling collection in the CRD

The Capital Regional District has announced curbside recycling collection is cancelled for Dec. 23.

“Residents affected are advised to hold their recycling until their next collection day,” the CRD says in a notice on its website. “There is no limit on how much recycling can be placed at the curb. Recyclables can also be dropped off at a depot free of charge. For a list of depots visit: www.crd.bc.ca/curbside.”

Harbour Air Seaplanes

Harbour Air has announced all of its flights and tours have been cancelled due to the weather.

Island Return It

The five Island Return It centre’s have been closed, according to the company’s Facebook.

Victoria Airport

The airport is warning the winter weather is disrupting travel at the airport.

WestJet cancelled all flights to the Victoria Airport, and other airports in B.C., Ontario and Quebec as a precaution.

READ MORE: WestJet cancels flights at Victoria, Nanaimo, Comox airports ahead of storm

According to the airport’s website, only a handful of flights are expected to operate with many others being cancelled.

Nanaimo Airport

Only one flight is expected to arrive at the Nanaimo Airport, with all other arrivals and departures being cancelled, according to its website.

As of 12:45 p.m., the website says a West Jet flight from Calgary is expected to arrive at Nanaimo at 11:59 p.m.


Two Island Savings branches are closed, and three will have reduced hours.

Brentwood and Lake Cowichan are closed.

Mayfair and Douglas & Broughton in Victoria will both close at 3 p.m. and the Cedar, Nanaimo branch will close at 2 p.m.

TD Bank is closing most Vancouver Island locations except for the downtown Victoria city centre branch at 1080 Douglas St., which will close at 2 p.m.

READ MORE: TD Bank closes most Vancouver Island locations Friday due to weather

Do you know of any cancellations, closures or delays that aren’t on this list? Please email [email protected] to let us know.

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