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BC Ferries issue travel alert for 'higher than normal traffic' on Easter Monday

Pack your patience: BC Ferries is cautioning travellers that post-long weekend traffic is going to be "higher than normal" on most routes.

Pack your patience: BC Ferries is cautioning travellers that post-long weekend traffic is going to be "higher than normal" on most routes.

Line-ups at terminals, particularly major hubs such as Tsawwassen, Horseshoe Bay, and Swartz Bay, are expected to be long, with waits for sailings starting first thing Monday morning.

 File photo by Adrian Lam/Times ColonistFile photo by Adrian Lam/Times Colonist

"We encourage customers to allow extra ‚Äčtime for travel to help navigate the heavy traffic safely and recommend that customers with flexibility in their schedules, travel at off-peak times to avoid the rush," urges BC Ferries in their travel advisory.

On Good Friday, as travellers embarked on their holiday weekend exodus from B.C.'s ferry terminals, passengers experienced lengthy line-ups at kiosks and in parking lots. Additionally, those hoping to swiftly collect arriving passengers by vehicle at terminal lots were also faced with having to sit in long lines.

In fact, parking is one of the pressing issues facing BC Ferries users and their rides today. BC Ferries notes that "Tsawwassen, Horseshoe Bay and Little River terminal pay parking facilities have reached capacity."

Those planning to travel via BC Ferries today, or who are expecting to meet passengers, are asked to follow @BCFerries on Twitter or visit their Current Conditions page for updates.