Scheduled ferry sailings between Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay are set to resume next month.
BC Ferries announced on Monday that sailings between Departure Bay in Nanaimo and Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver will resume on June 3.
The route will start with four round trips per day.
Daily sailings from Horseshoe Bay are scheduled for 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:50 p.m., and 6:50 p.m., while sailings from Departure Bay are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:50 p.m.
“In order to support coastal B.C. and respond to the need of British Columbians, we are gradually and safely restoring our service,” Mark Collins, president and chief executive officer of BC Ferries said in a news release. “Demand has increased such that resuming service on the Departure Bay–Horseshoe Bay route better serves the needs of customers.”
BC Ferries says safety measures such as limiting passenger capacity by 50 per cent, allowing customers to remain in their vehicles during the sailing on all car decks, enhanced cleaning and screening of travellers, will be in place.
The company is recommending that people arrive at least one hour ahead of their planned departure or travel on alternative routes such as the Tsawwassen–Duke Point or Tsawwassen–Swartz Bay.
The announcement comes more than a month after BC Ferries announced that they would cancel all sailings between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay as passenger numbers plummeted due to COVID-19.