BC Ferries has announced that all current and former military personnel will be offered complimentary travel on Remembrance Day.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the ferry company said the complimentary service on November 11 is being offered “to acknowledge and honour the service of active, reserve and retired military personnel and cadets.”
BC Ferries says that the free travel applies to passenger fares for those presenting official Canadian military identification or travelling in uniform.
In addition, all Canadian flags on BC Ferries’ vessels will fly at half-mast on Remembrance Day in respect, says the ferry company. Two minutes of silence will occur at 11 a.m. on ships and at terminals as well.
The complimentary service will also extend to British Columbia’s seniors.
Any seniors using the BC Ferries on Remembrance Day will be offered a complimentary ride with the presentation of a BC Services Card, BC Driver’s License, BC Identification Card or Birth Certificate.
BC Ferries states that seniors are offered complimentary travel throughout the year from Monday through Thursday, except on provincial holidays. Remembrance Day, however, is excluded from this exception.
BC Ferries emphasizes that “these free fares are not applicable on the Inside Passage, Haida Gwaii and Central Coast Connector routes.”
BC Transit also has announced that it will be offering free service for military personnel on Remembrance Day as well. Any current or former members of the Canadian Armed Forces will be able to use buses, free of charge, in both the Victoria Regional Transit System and the Cowichan Valley.