File photo courtesy BC Ferries.

File photo courtesy BC Ferries.

The Spirit of British Columbia is back in service following repairs, just in time for the busy May long weekend for travellers between Vancouver Island and Vancouver.

BC Ferries said Wednesday 92 extra sailings, including 81 between the Island and the lower mainland, will be added to the schedule on its most popular routes, starting Thursday.

There will be 66 extra sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen and another 15 sailings for the Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay route.

The Spirit of British Columbia, that runs between Victoria and Vancouver, had been out of service since April 27 when the vessel’s rubbing strake was damaged while trying to dock in heavy winds in Tsawwassen.

The vessel was repaired at the Tsawwassen terminal and returned to service Wednesday.

The added sailings include 6 a.m. departures between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen from Thursday to Saturday and next Tuesday.

BC Ferries says the most popular travel times are Thursday and Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

The afternoon of Victoria Day Monday usually sees the highest volume of ferry traffic as people return home.

The corporation recommends travellers reserve a spot early to avoid sailing waits and arrive at the terminal 45 to 60 minutes before a scheduled departure.

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