BC Ferries cancels many major routes for all of Friday due to high winds

BC Ferries cancels many major routes for all of Friday due to high winds
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As high winds batter the Lower Mainland, BC Ferries has cancelled all Friday sailings for three major routes.

All sailings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen and Duke Point, and Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay are cancelled for the rest of Friday, February 26.

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for Metro Vancouver with 70 to 90km/hour winds expected early Friday evening. As of Friday afternoon, the Lower Mainland is facing and winds blowing at approximately 50 to 70km/hour.

High winds and choppy waters forced the cancellation of several BC Ferries routes Friday morning, due to the expected winds gusting over the Strait of Georgia. Now, all travel on these three routes is cancelled for the rest of the day.

It’s not just the major routes, as of 2 p.m., round-trip sailings have been cancelled for Powell River and Comox due to the adverse weather.

The 3:25 pm and 7:10 pm sailings out of Little River and the 5:15 pm and 8:45 pm sailings out of Westview will not travel.

On Thursday, various parts of Vancouver Island were under a wind warning but all Island wind warnings have now been lifted.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us,” reads a statement from the BC Ferries website. “We don’t take the decision to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations. We will resume service as soon as it is safe to do so. ”

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