If you were hoping to get to or from Vancouver Island or the Southern Gulf Islands, you’re most likely out of luck.
A windstorm bearing down on the south coast has prompted BC Ferries to suspend nearly all service across all of its Georgia Strait routes.
Late Friday evening, the ferry service announced there will be two final sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay (Nanaimo), but beyond that travellers will be out of luck.
- Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay (Victoria)
- Tsawwassen-Duke Point (Nanaimo)
- Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands
BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall says that’s likely a final decision.
“The predictions are that the storm is not supposed to come down until late tonight. We will revisit a little bit later this evening, but it is unlikely that we will resume service tonight given the forecast.”
Marshall says refunds will be issued for travellers who couldn’t make their sailings.
She adds extra sailings are being added tomorrow on the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route to help deal with the backlog.
“We have one extra vessel scheduled, so we got sailings from Tsawwassen at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. and out of Swartz Bay at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.”
Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands, and Sunshine Coast, with anticipated gusts of up to 80 km/h.
A special weather statement is also in effect for Metro Vancouver, with southeastern areas such as South Surrey and White Rock, and the westernmost area of the Fraser Valley seeing potential winds of up to 80 km/h.