BC Ferries resumes sailing after windstorm lashes South Coast


People who have been waiting all day to travel to Vancouver Island can now breathe a sigh of relief.

BC Ferries has resumed sailing from Horseshoe Bay after a severe windstorm lashed the South Coast, leaving thousands without power and causing significant damage to Sewell’s Marina.

BC Ferries issued a travel advisory and cancelled majority of its sailings Saturday morning due to strong arctic outflow winds gusting to 90 km/h.

In a travel advisory on Saturday afternoon BC Ferries announced that the Queen of Oak Bay would resume sailings with the 3:45 pm departing Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay). Services for the Queen of Coquitlam, Queen of Cowichan, and Queen of Capilano have also resumed.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us. We don’t take the decision to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations,” the statement says.

“We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience experienced due to the cancellations that occurred earlier today.”

Current conditions:

Mainland – Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast

Service Resumed – Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) – Sunshine Coast (Langdale) – Queen of Coquitlam

Sailing Resumed – Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) – Nanaimo (Departure Bay) – Queen of Cowichan

Service Resumed – Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) – Nanaimo (Departure Bay) – Queen of Oak Bay

Service Resumed – Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove (Bowen Island) – Queen of Capilano

BC Ferries recommends that for the most up-to-date sailing and departure information customers follow @BCFerries on Twitter, visit the Current Conditions webpage  or call us toll free at 1-888-223-3779.