The scheduled repair to one of B.C. Ferries’ vessels is taking longer than expected and will mean heavy traffic this weekend on the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route.
B.C. Ferries is telling travellers planning to use that route to plan ahead, especially if you are leaving Nanaimo Sunday.
A propeller hub is being fixed on the Coastal Inspiration, but the hope to get it in service before the peak travel season is taking longer than previously hoped.
B.C. Ferries says it’ll be another week before it is back in service and the extra ship planned for this weekend between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay will not be available.
The corporation is telling travellers to consider the Tsawwassen-Duke Point or Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay routes since they have additional service and reservations are still available on some sailings.
Traffic is expected to be extremely busy leaving Departure Bay Sunday and B.C. Ferries advises travel prior to 9 a.m., if possible, with sailings at 6:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.
The corporation encourages you to travel as a foot passenger, if possible, and consider taking public transit or have a ride drop you off as parking could fill up earlier than normal.
B.C. Ferries says customers travelling the route without a vehicle reservation will experience sailing waits and those with reservations on cancelled sailings will be refunded because of the changes.