B.C. Ferries says there will be limited standby capacity available for ferry sailings between June 4-7. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

B.C. Ferries says Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay sailings filling up fast

Tsawwassen-Duke Point may be a better alternative between June 4 and 7, says ferry corporation

The Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay ferry route resumed service Wednesday, and a day later, B.C. Ferries is advising there is limited space for reservations and standbys for the rest of the week.

In a service notice June 4, B.C. Ferries advised customers about limited standby capacity through Sunday, June 7 for sailings between Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo and Horseshoe Bay terminal in West Vancouver.

“Very limited space is available for advance bookings for sailings travelling from Horseshoe Bay on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5, and returning from Departure Bay on Sunday, June 7,” the service notice reported. “There is still space for advance bookings on Saturday, June 6. Standby traffic capacity is limited as the route is also operating at a reduced capacity of four round trips per day.”

RELATED: Ferry sailings from Departure Bay resume June 3

Customers who haven’t pre-booked are advised that using Tsawwassen-Duke Point or Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay routes may be a better alternative, said B.C. Ferries.

B.C. Ferries asks that customers who have made reservations arrive an hour before scheduled departure. Check-in is now available two hours prior to departure, except for the first sailing of the day, where check-in begins 90 minutes prior to departure.

The ferry corporation is continuing to follow Transport Canada health guidelines that allow only 50 per cent of usual vessel capacity.


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