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.
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 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 River, Mount Waddington, or Port Alberni transit services.
READ MORE: Some Victoria transit to resume, Cowichan Valley, Salt Spring remain cancelled
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.
Camosun is CLOSED on Friday, Dec. 23 due to continued severe winter weather and disrupted transportation in the region. All classes and services are cancelled for the day.
The college will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3.
— Camosun College (@Camosun) December 23, 2022
Royal Roads University, University of Victoria, and North Island College announced campuses would be closed for the day.
ALERT: Due to expected worsening weather conditions, campus will be CLOSED tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 23.
This includes the gardens, Rec. Centre, Habitat Cafe, Library and Campus Store. pic.twitter.com/T0vQUaFmf4
— Royal Roads (@RoyalRoads) December 23, 2022
❄️ The UVic campus will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 due to challenging weather conditions and disrupted transportation in the region. The campus will also be closed during the winter break and will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3 for regular business.
ℹ️ https://t.co/NJRB5EnfH4 pic.twitter.com/WbN9hLFDUr
— UniversityOfVictoria (@uvic) December 23, 2022
Friday, Dec. 23: Snow Closure: All NIC campuses & centres are closed due to a snowstorm. NIC's website will be updated about further snow closures: https://t.co/CFJFLzsfrM #ComoxValley #NorthIslandCollege #Comox #PortAlberni #CampbellRiver #PortHardy pic.twitter.com/66xLDLSNTg
— North Island College (@NIC_first) December 23, 2022
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.
#HAflightstatus[10:30am Dec 23] Due to the ongoing weather situation, all remaining flights & tours from all locations have been cancelled for today. If you would like to rebook or speak to our Reservations team, please call 1.604.210.3555. Thank you for your understanding.
— Harbour Air Seaplanes (@HarbourAirLtd) December 23, 2022
Island Return It
The five Island Return It centre’s have been closed, according to the company’s Facebook.
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.
Winter weather conditions continue to disrupt travel to and from YYJ with cancellations and delays expected throughout the day. Travellers should check with their airlines for the latest flight info.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/hR9S53oCFY
— Victoria Int Airport (@Fly_YYJ) December 23, 2022
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.