Two-sailing waits on some B.C. Ferries routes after long weekend

Two-sailing waits on some B.C. Ferries routes after long weekend

WATCH: The end of the holiday weekend is bringing no relief for those trying to get on and off the Island. Ceilidh Millar reports. 

The long weekend may be finished but the holiday travel isn’t over yet.

“We had over 350,000 customers travel with us and 100,000 vehicles from Friday to Monday,” said Deborah Marshall from B.C. Ferries. “We’re expecting things to be busy today.”

At Swartz Bay, there was a two-sailing wait to Tsawwassen by noon Tuesday.

There were even longer waits at other B.C. Ferries routes.

There was a three-sailing wait from Duke Point to Tsawwassen earlier Tuesday.

“It’s really busy,” explained one traveller. “We came early but everything is like 100 per cent full so we’ll wait now.”

“We should have made a reservation,” said another passenger. “Lesson learned.”

Marshall says over the past ten years they’ve seen an increase in the number of people travelling before and after a long weekend.

“You get some people travelling in advance and you get some people waiting that extra day,” explained Marshall. “We’re experiencing that today.”

Marshall says they’re expecting traffic to taper off Tuesday evening but as of 4:30 p.m. there were one and two-sailing waits on major routes between Vancouver Island and Vancouver.

B.C. Ferries is reminding passengers to check their current conditions page before heading to the terminals.

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