B.C. Ferries adds sailings for Victoria Day long weekend

B.C. Ferries adds sailings for Victoria Day long weekend

File photo.

File photo.

With the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend, B.C. Ferries says it is adding 91 sailings on its most popular routes between Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver.

73 extra sailings have been added between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, including 6 a.m. service this Saturday and May 22, and a 10 p.m. sailing on the Friday and Monday of the holiday.

There is also a 10:50 p.m. sailing leaving Swartz Bay on Monday night.

The company is adding 18 extra sailings to the route between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay, with a 7 a.m. sailing leaving Nanaimo Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Departures also include a 10 a.m. on Thursday and May 22, a 2:30 p.m. sailing on Thursday and leaving at 6:15 p.m. on Monday night.

An 11:35 a.m. sailing will leave Horseshoe Bay Friday, Saturday and Monday.

There will also be service to Departure Bay with a 12:15 p.m. sailing Thursday and May 22, a 4 p.m. sailing on Monday afternoon, and a 6:20 p.m. ride on Thursday night.

There are a total of 115 extra sailings added to the long weekend schedule.

B.C. Ferries says the most popular travel times are expected to be Thursday and Friday afternoon and Saturday morning coming from Metro Vancouver, with the holiday Monday the most desired time to return from Vancouver Island.

The company says the Tsawwassen to Duke Point route could be a good option for anyone travelling to and from the mid-Island, with up to 16 sailings per day and a shorter trip door-to-door.

The Queen of Cumberland returns to service Friday for the southern Gulf Islands and all regular schedules will be in effect.

Andy NealAndy Neal

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