BC Ferries offers sailings between Tsawassen and Swartz Bay every hour until 9 p.m. on Boxing Day. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

UPDATED: One-sailing wait for BC Ferries passengers heading to Tsawwassen terminal on Boxing Day

Sailings every hour between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay

Unless you have eight reindeer to fly you out of Vancouver Island, you might want to make a ferry reservation for your trip home.

Christmas Day saw a nearly empty Swartz Bay ferry terminal, but Boxing Day sailings are filling up faster as travellers make their way to the Lower Mainland.

RELATED: Santa sightings haven’t delayed BC Ferries Christmas Day sailings

There is a one-sailing wait from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen with the 4 p.m. sailing 100 per cent full. The 5 p.m. is almost 75 per cent full and the 6 p.m. is 60 per cent full.

The 4:25 p.m. sailing from Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour is almost half-full but the following sailings have plenty of room.

There isn’t much more space available on ferries taking passengers towards Greater Victoria. The 4 p.m .sailing is 100 per cent full and the 5 and 6 p.m sailings are 66 and 50 per cent full, respectively.

The 9 a.m. sailing to Tsawwassen left at about 88 per cent full Thursday morning. The 12 p.m. sailing was 100 per cent full, as were the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. sailings.

The 9 a.m. sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay left at around 65 per cent full. The 12 p.m. sailing to Swartz Bay was 72 per cent full and the 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. sailings are more than 50 per cent full by noon.

Boxing Day comes with extra sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, with sailings every hour from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations can be made online at bcferries.com.

Currently, traffic in Greater Victoria is fairly clear, with a 32- minute driving commute from downtown to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and a 20-minute commute between downtown Victoria and Langford.

READ ALSO: Boxing Day hockey tourney returns to Oak Bay



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
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

Monday rings in partial return of school across Saanich Peninsula

Saanich School District reopening of schools comes with revised health measures

B.C. Conservation kills bear in Langford amid growing problem of habituation

Officer demands garbage lockdown for residents in bear territory

Killing of Discovery Island wolf was legal, says BC Conservation Service

Takaya was shot and killed by hunters on March 24

Pub seeks 55-seat patio on Oak Bay Avenue

Oak Bay invites businesses to expand onto sidewalks, parking spots

Police enforce school zone speed limits as Greater Victoria students return to class

Saanich police on the lookout for speeders outside Glanford Middle School

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

COVID-19 birthday drive-by celebrations snuffed out in Island community

Bylaw officer visit with threats of a fine mean parade trucks taken off the road

Vancouver Island Regional Libraries to offer ‘takeout’ style services

VIRL will offer the service on a branch-by-branch basis

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

B.C. Hockey League prepping for 2020-21

League reviewing different scenarios and start times in compliance with provincial regulations

Duncan’s Queen Margaret’s School pioneers thermal imaging in school reopening

Private school is first in B.C. to use new tech post-COVID-19

Investigators probe death of CN employee at Surrey rail yard

Transportation Safety Board is investigating an ‘occurrence that took place during switching operations’

Most Read