BC Ferries Horseshoe Bay

BC Ferries to bolster Vancouver – Nanaimo routes this summer

Expecting a busy summer season, BC Ferries has announced changes for two routes that service the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, intended to reduce vessel congestion and alleviate traffic at one of its busiest terminals.

Between June 24th and September 4th, 2023, a vessel from the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay route will supplement the Tsawwassen – Duke Point route. To entice customers to take the Tsawwassen – Duke Point service, BC Ferries will offer additional Saver fares of $39 CAD for passenger vehicles alongside a 33 percent discount for commercial vehicles starting on July 5th. Reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee boarding during peak sailing times.

These changes were made to reduce traffic jams leading into Horseshoe Bay, causing line-ups backing onto Highway 99.

Currently three vessels provide regular service between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay: MV Queen of Cowichan, MV Queen of Coquitlam, MV Queen of Oak Bay, and on occasion, MV Queen of Surrey; whereas the MV Coastal Inspiration and MV Queen of Alberni sail between Tsawwassen and Duke Point.

Source: BC Ferries press release


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