B.C. Ferries will be tested on Gabriola run in February

BC Ferries’ newest Island Class vessel, Island Aurora, will sail on the Gabriola Island – Nanaimo Harbour route for an operational trial on February 6, 7 and 8. Those who need to travel for essential reasons can sail aboard the Island Aurora and experience this new class of vessel safely, while following COVID-19 protocols. The Island Aurorawill sail in conjunction with the Quinsam, which will operate on its regular schedule during the trial. 

On February 6, the Island Aurora will sail on the route while performing operational exercises. The vessel will not carry passengers or vehicles during this time. On February 7 and 8, customers travelling for essential reasons may sail aboard the Island Aurora and regular fares will apply. More details regarding the trial and timing will be shared next week.     

Next year, BC Ferries will introduce two new Island Class vessels to the route, replacing the Quinsam. The trial will lead to learnings regarding operational efficiencies, loading times and sailing intervals. BC Ferries will use this information to work with the community on sailing schedules during community engagement scheduled for later this Spring.

For more information or traffic updates please follow @BCFerries on Twitter, visit our website at bcferries.com, or call us toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779).

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B.C. Ferries cancels Tuesday sailings due to weather

0104 – B.C. Ferries has cancelled a number of sailings Tuesday in response to a high wind forecast.

Ferries issued a notice Monday cancelling sailings between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay from 10:40 a.m. until 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday. Four sailings are being cancelled to and from Nanaimo and West Vancouver.

The notice says the safety of passengers and crew is of primary importance and decisions to cancel sailings aren’t taken lightly. B.C. Ferries said it appreciates patience from travellers and apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the cancellations.

For more information, visit www.bcferries.com