Extra sailings will be added to all routes over the Thanksgiving weekend, generally the busiest time of year for travellers on BC Ferries. (BC Ferries photo)

Extra sailings will be added to all routes over the Thanksgiving weekend, generally the busiest time of year for travellers on BC Ferries. (BC Ferries photo)

BC Ferries adds extra sailings for Thanksgiving weekend

Expanded schedule on all routes during busiest time of year for travellers

BC Ferries adds extra sailings on a variety of routes for the coming Thanksgiving weekend.

More than 80 sailings will be added to the Metro Vancouver to Victoria route alone, to aid with the influx of travellers over the long weekend.

On Oct. 5, 6, 8 and 9 at 6 a.m. ferries leave from Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen ferry terminals. Sailings at 10 p.m. from Tsawwassen are also scheduled for Oct. 4, 5 and 8 and from Swartz Bay Oct. 5 and 8.

ALSO READ: Behind the wheel of a BC Ferries ferry

ALSO READ: BC Ferries converts ‘Spirit of British Columbia’ to LNG

ALSO READ BC Ferries posts strong earnings before rate cuts

Extra sailings are also available on the Metro Vancouver to Nanaimo route (Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay) and the Metro Vancouver to Sunshine Coast route (Horseshoe Bay to Langdale).

The busiest travel times for the holiday weekend are expected to be Thursday and Friday afternoons (Oct. 4 and 5) as well as Saturday morning (Oct. 6).

The busiest day for travellers on all routes is expected to be Monday Oct. 8.

BC Ferries recommends reservations for those travelling over the course of the holiday, and for walk-on passengers to arrive at terminals 45-60 minutes prior to scheduled sailings.

Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the most popular day of the year for foot passengers.

For those travelling to and from the Southern Gulf Islands, the holiday Monday schedule will be in effect after 2 p.m. on Oct. 8. Passengers travelling from Tsawwassen to the Southern Gulf Islands also have the option of sailing via Swartz Bay. Foot passenger reservations are recommended on these routes.

Remember that parking lots at major terminals will also fill quicker than usual and travellers are encouraged to use public transit or arrange to be dropped off.

Keep an eye on BC Ferries on Twitter for updates, throughout the weekend or visit BCFerries.com for a complete schedule.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

One person is dead after a camper van caught fire Thursday morning in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
One person dead after vehicle fire in Beacon Hill Park

Investigation into Victoria death in early stages

Protestors against old growth logging gather in front of the courthouse in Victoria on Thursday morning. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Fairy Creek protesters gather at Victoria courthouse

Logging company seeks injunction to remove blockades near its Port Renfrew operation

A recently finished $4.3-million taxiway extension at the Victoria International Airport (not pictured) is unusable because of a blind spot. (Black Press Media file photo)
Blind spot leaves Victoria airport’s new $4.3-million taxiway extension unusable

Solution has been put on hold by COVID-19 pandemic, says airport authority

Const. Mat Jones of the CRD Integrated Road Safety Unit joined a team of Saanich police officers and ICBC representatives cracking down on distracted driving at the McKenzie/Quadra intersection in Saanich on March 3. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
‘Leave the phone alone’: 40 distracted driving tickets issued in two hours at Saanich intersection

Saanich police, CRD Integrated Road Safety Unit crackdown on drivers’ cell-phone use

Clockwise from top left: Malahat First Nation Chief George Harry and councillors Steve Henry and Cindy Harry address community members in a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Screenshot)
Malahat Nation confirms first two cases of COVID-19

Community has been under stay-at-home order since Jan. 7

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of March 2

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: How’s your butter?

Recent reports have some Canadians giving a second look to one of… Continue reading

Mid day at the Vancouver Port Intersection blockade on March 3, organized by the Braided Warriors. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
Anti-pipeline blockade at Vancouver intersection broken up by police

Demonstraters were demanding the release of a fellow anti-TMX protester

(Government of B.C.)
Chelsea Harry was last seen Feb. 21. Photo via Comox Valley RCMP
Vancouver Island RCMP seeking help locating a missing woman

Missing person last seen in Courtenay on Feb. 21

Backcountry skiers are dwarfed by the mountains as they make their way along a mountain ridge near McGillivray Pass Lodge located in the southern Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Avalanche Canada has issued a special warning to people who use the backcountry in the mountains of western Alberta and eastern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Avalanche Canada special warning for mountains in western Alberta, eastern B.C.

Avalanche Canada also says everyone in a backcountry party needs essential rescue gear

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

Most Read