A long wait for anyone hoping to take the BC Ferries this afternoon as the Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route is mired in a four-sailing wait.
The line ups at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal have caused one mother to send her children on a ferry by themselves.
— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) March 31, 2017
Nicole Garton had a booking for the 3 p.m. Ferry, but waits caused her to send her nine and 11-year-old on the ferry as walk-on passengers alone.
“I’m obviously a rookie, but if I’d understood the gravity of it being 2:32 p.m., I would’ve organized my day different. I didn’t realize if you were like two minutes off, then you would have to wait until 8 o’clock. I had no idea.”
BC Ferries tweeted out the next available sailing isn’t until 8 p.m.
The Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay sailing for 5 p.m. is full, while the 6 p.m. sailing is half full.
Deborah Marshall with BC Ferries says adding a sailing for the day might have to be an option.
“If we need to provide extra sailings tonight, we could do an extra round trip. So I know that the operations staff will evaluate that as we go through the evening.”
The Spirit of Vancouver Island, which sails that route, was recently taken out of service due to a mechanical issue.
With files from Matt Lee