While cars still sat bumper to bumper on Wednesday afternoon, the line-up at the Brentwood Bay Ferry Terminal moved much faster on Wednesday compared to Monday and Tuesday, according to travellers.
“Line has been good so far. I mean, I got the 9:20 boat from Mill Bay, walked over and got my car because I left it here last night. And only had to wait two sailing waits, so it’s been okay so far,” said Dave Grizdale.
“I haven’t seen anyone get road rage so that’s pretty good,” said Sid Branch with a laugh.
This is a welcome change to ferry customers who have had to deal with extremely long waits earlier in the week.
“We had people who sat in line, as I say, 10 to 12 hours,” said Bob Clark of GoTraffic, but added the average wait on Wednesday was about two and a half hours.
“Things seem to be easing off a lot,” he said.
Clark explained that travellers have been patient and accommodating and grateful for the extra sailings.
“I was hugely relieved that there’s not a massive, long line-up because when I bought my tickets to get on here, I was told yesterday was absolutely crazy,” said Elizabeth Paterson.
While the long waits aren’t ideal, local restaurants have been enjoying the boost in business.
“We did a lot of takeout the last few days. Every hour there was a ferry departure, we got a big run of takeout orders,” said Natasha Richardson, the general manager for Brentwood Bay Resort.
BC Ferries announced it’s added four extra sailings for Wednesday night on the Mill Bay–Brentwood Bay route.
The last ones leave Brentwood Bay at 11 p.m. and Mill Bay at 11:35 p.m.