0403 - BC Ferries is shutting down the Nanaimo-Horseshoe Bay route, effective Saturday. If you’re planning to go to the Lower Mainland by ferry you will have to go via Duke Point- Tsawwassen, which is on a reduced schedule.
Bay – Horseshoe Bay route will be temporarily suspended for 60 days and re-evaluated based on demand. It carries much less commercial traffic than the other two routes connecting Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Commercial traffic is the priority
right now to move essential goods to Vancouver Island.
The Tsawwassen – Duke Point route will operate with four departures open to the public from each terminal daily:
-Tsawwassen: 7:45 am, 12:45 pm, 5:45 pm, 10:45 pm
Point: 5:15 am, 10:15 am, 3:15 pm, 8:15 pm
The Tsawwassen – Duke Point route will also operate with four CARGO ONLY departures from each terminal Monday through Friday. These sailings are reserved for the movement of commercial
goods and essential service workers, and the schedule Monday through Friday is:
-Tsawwassen: 5:15 am, 10:15 am, 3:15 pm, 8:15 pm
-Duke Point: 7:45 am, 12:45 pm, 5:45 pm, 10:45 pm
Services levels on multiple routes will
be affected for the next 60 days to protect the health and safety of communities and ferry workers.
Traffic across all of our routes is down approximately 80 per cent because of COVID-19, and BC Ferries is adjusting service levels across multiple routes.
The Departure Bay – Horseshoe Bay route will be temporarily suspended for 60 days and re-evaluated based on demand. It carries much less commercial traffic than the other two routes connecting Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Commercial
traffic is the priority right now to move essential goods to Vancouver Island.
Across the ferry network, capacity will be reduced by approximately half over this time last year. During this time, BC Ferries will monitor service levels in conjunction
with the Province to ensure essential service levels are maintained and to determine when services should resume to normal levels.
“These changes are designed to ensure we have sufficient capacity to allow the flow of essential goods, services,
supplies and workers to their destinations,” said Mark Collins,
BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “We will continue to transport the goods communities rely on, and we will get people to where they need to go.”
Saturday, April 4, 2020, service level adjustments are as follows:
- Regular sailings on the Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen - Duke Point are reduced to four round trips a day from the present eight on both routes
additional “cargo only” round trips will be provided on the Tsawwassen - Duke Point route, to ensure essential goods are transported to and from Vancouver Island
- All service on the Horseshoe Bay - Nanaimo route is suspended. The
remaining routes and schedules are unchanged for now. Maintaining the delivery of essential goods and services and ensuring that health care and other essential workers can continue to use the ferry to commute to work will be a priority.
this challenging time, our employees have demonstrated courage and determination to support coastal ferry service,” said Collins. “Unfortunately, these service level reductions will result in temporary layoffs for hundreds of dedicated and loyal
employees. Our goal is to keep the temporary layoffs to as short as possible. We need all these skilled people back as soon as possible to help restore ferry services when traffic returns.”
For schedules and information about travelling
with BC Ferries during the COVID-19 situation, visit bcferries.com.