Most BC Ferries routes are shifting to summer schedules, and Ferries is predicting it’s going to be a busy couple of weeks.
Extra sailings are being added on the three main routes serving the Island out of Swartz Bay, Duke Point and Nanaimo.
The company’s Deborah Marshall says they’ll also have a second ship, and extra sailings on the Langdale route where heavy traffic volumes have already been causing delays for weeks.
Although times and frequencies will change for the major routes and there are minor changes for Earls Cove – Saltery Bay, most of the smaller routes, including Nanaimo – Gabriola, will stick with their current schedules.
Ferries also says it expects sailings to be very busy starting Thursday and Friday and going right through into early July.
Marshall says with Canada Day on Wednesday this year, the holiday isn’t the main reason for the predicted heavy volumes; there are a couple of other things at play like school ending and the extended stretch of good weather.