BC Ferries adds 92 extra sailings on popular routes for May long weekend


The May long weekend is upon us, and for many that means hopping a ferry in and out of the lower mainland. BC Ferries announced Wednesday they are adding over 90 additional sailings on several routes to help move people through the region during the holiday.

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BC Ferries in Tsawwassen (Volodymyr Kyrylyuk / Shutterstock.com)

Here are how they extra sailings are portioned out:

  • 66 extra sailings on the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route, including 6 a.m. sailings on May 16, 17, 18 and 21.
  • 15 extra sailings on the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay route
  • 11 extra sailings on the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route

The most popular travel times are generally Thursday and Friday afternoon, as well as
Saturday morning, with lots of travellers departing from Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals, says BC Ferries.

Historically, Monday afternoon is the most popular time for people to return from Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. In order to avoid missing your ride home, BC Ferries suggests going at off-peak times, or making a reservation (and arriving on time).

BC Ferries is also ensuring extra staff are in place, and has some travel tips to make sure everyone’s weekend journeys go smoothly. They suggest you be prepared for sailing waits if you do not have a reservation, and that you take into consideration parking availability if you plan to leave your vehicle at the ferry terminal and walk on. You can keep up with parking and sailing info via @bcferries on Twitter.