BC Ferries cancels Metro Vancouver sailings due to imminent snowstorm


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VANCOUVER, BC – September 18: A BC ferry crossing Howe Sound to Sunshine Coast on nice and sunny day. BC ferries is becoming a costly way to get around with no alternative on September 18, 2017 / Shutterstock

BC Ferries has announced that they are cancelling the last round trip sailings for a number of routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

The ferry operator is cancelling the sailings due to deteriorating weather conditions, which includes another warning by Environment Canada for “a long period of snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 centimetres expected.”

“The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority and given the road conditions last evening and forecast for even more snow this afternoon and evening, we are cancelling the following sailings,” states a travel advisory.

With this in mind, BC Ferries states that reserved customers will be notified and will have their reservation fees automatically refunded.

In addition, they state that service is expected to resume in the morning, and that they are closely monitoring the weather forecasts for the next few days.

The following sailings are cancelled:

Swartz Bay – Tsawwassen:

7:00 pm departing both directions
9:00 pm departing both directions
Tsawwassen – Duke Point:
8:15 pm departing both directions
10:45 pm departing both directions
Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay:
8:45 pm departing Departure Bay
10:50 pm departing Horseshoe Bay​
Horseshoe Bay – Langdale:
9:35 pm departing Langdale
10:55 pm departing Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay – Snug Cove:

10:00 pm departing Horseshoe Bay
10:30 pm departing Snug Cove

As a result, the last sailing from Swatz Bay – Tsawwassen is 5 pm in both directions, and the last sailing from Tsawwassen to Duke Point is 5:45 pm in both directions.

The last sailing from Departure Bay is 5:55 pm and the last one from Horseshoe Bay is 6:35 pm.

In addition, the Horseshoe Bay to Langdale route is on a revised schedule, and the latest sailings for tonight are now 5:25 pm and 7:30 pm departing Langdale, and 6:30 pm and 8:40 pm departing Horseshoe Bay.

A number of sailings were cancelled on the weekend due to a strong windstorm that knocked out power to up to 70,000 homes at its peak. However, a travel advisory on Saturday afternoon stated that some sailings would resume.

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.