Vehicle fares for B.C. Ferries’ busiest routes will climb by the maximum 1.9 per cent come April 1.
The change affects the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen-Duke Point, and Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay routes, but won’t include walk-on passengers.
Passengers catching a ride on minor and northern routes, as well as the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale ferry to the Sunshine Coast won’t see any change in fares.
B.C. Ferries is also dropping reservation fees by $5 for people who book a week in advance.
The Commissioner of B.C. Ferries capped fare increases at the Crown corporation at 1.9 per cent per-year for four years back in 2015.
Last year, despite a hike, passengers saw no net increase in fares after B.C. Ferries implemented a fuel rebate; it was the first time since 2003 the cost of riding a ferry didn’t climb.
Back then, the round-trip fare from Tsawwassen to the Gulf Islands for two people and a vehicle was around eighty-four dollars; that same trip comes about $168 now, after the fuel rebate.