B.C. Ferries terminals are busy Friday, Dec. 27. (News Bulletin file photo)

B.C. Ferries terminals are busy Friday, Dec. 27. (News Bulletin file photo)

Travellers face multiple-sailing waits at ferry terminals on busiest day of the season

Three-sailing waits in Nanaimo, two-sailing waits in Victoria, Tsawwassen and West Vancouver

It’s going to be a long day at the ferry terminal for a lot of holiday travellers.

There are multiple sailing waits at B.C. Ferries terminals on what is the busiest travel day of the season, according to the ferry corporation’s website.

At Nanaimo’s Departure Bay terminal, there were three-sailing waits, during the afternoon, but B.C. Ferries’ website is now reporting that there is some deck space remaining for the 7:15 p.m. sailing. Nanaimo’s Duke Point terminal also had sailing waits this afternoon. As of 5 p.m., the 8:15 p.m. sailing was at 80 per cent capacity.

Traffic in the other direction wasn’t quite as busy, with deck space still remaining on the 6:35 p.m. sailing from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay. The Tsawwassen to Duke Point ferry had only a one-sailing wait, with the 8:15 p.m. ferry at 80 per cent capacity.

For travellers at Swartz Bay, there’s a three-sailing wait to get to Tsawwassen, with the 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. sailings completely booked and the 8 p.m. sailing 70 per cent full. There’s also a two-sailing wait in the other direction, with the 7 p.m. ferry more than three-quarters full.

B.C. Ferries added 171 sailings to its regular schedule over the holidays.

READ ALSO: Poor supervision, faulty risk assessment led to B.C. Ferries crew members falling overboard, says TSB

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