Those looking to head back to the mainland from Swartz Bay this Thanksgiving Monday are facing a four sailing wait.
B.C. Ferries says regular and oversized vehicles along with foot passengers are ticketing for much later sailings for Tsawwassen, but that everyone should be able to make it out by the end of the day.
“We haven’t had problems taking everybody by the end of the day, we are anticipating even if it is later than people were aiming there should be enough sailings to take everybody back off the Island,” said B.C. Ferries spokesperson Darin Guenette.
The company says numbers of passengers for the holiday peak around 12 to 6 p.m. and that Thanksgiving weekend sees the busiest foot passenger loads of the year.
The 6 pm. sailing out of the terminal is already 100 per cent full and the 7 p.m. is around 85 per cent full — although there are hourly sailings up to the 10 p.m.
“We see year to year that everybody gets home by the end of the night, nobody gets left alone here,” added Guenette. “[We have] Extra employees, extra sailings, we are trying to move everyone as best as we can.”
In Vancouver, there is a two sailing wait to Swartz Bay from Tsawwassen.