Restored sailings added to ferry schedules starting April 1

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BC Ferries says most of the sailings the provincial government promised to restore in its February budget will be on the new schedules that come into effect on April 1.

Finance Minister Carole James said in her budget speech that the government would contract BC Ferries to increase service on 10 routes, adding 2,700 round-trip sailings.

The MV Island Sky will be sailing between Earls Cove and Saltery Bay more often starting April 1. Photo via BC Ferries

In a March 28 release, BC Ferries said it would be adding sailings on eight of the 10 routes starting April 1, including a mid-evening round trip on the Earls Cove-Saltery Bay run.

Sailings are also being restored on the Powell River-Texada Island route.

Cut sailings were previously restored on the Langdale-Horseshoe Bay route, but the schedule for that route also changes April 1, with added trips for Easter weekend and on Fridays and Sundays until May 15, when the schedule is due to change again.

The NDP government added about $6 million to coastal ferry services in the last budget as part of the effort to improve service.

All the new schedules across the system are posted online.