Thursday has already been some overloads and delays on the major BC Ferries routes, as the long weekend rush gets underway.

Deborah Marshall of BC Ferries says when it comes to long weekend traffic “Thursday is the new Friday”.

She says it’s a trend they’ve seen for the past 5 years.

She also says they’ve got a good sense of how the coming days will unfold.

“Saturday afternoon traffic will taper off, and Sunday is usually the quietest day of the long weekend,” she says. “We will see customers returning on the holiday Monday and the other trend we’ve been seeing over the past several years is lots of people wait for the Tuesday to return home; they figure everybody else is going to travel on Monday.”

Marshall says they’re also expecting this to be a busy few days for walk-on passengers and there could be times when sailings hit maximum capacity, so she suggests getting to the terminal a little earlier

For BC Ferries this weekend marks the beginning of what will likely be their busiest couple of weeks of the summer, as a lot of people are going to be starting their vacations soon.

There are some extra sailings scheduled.

See below to find out what BC Ferries thinks will be the busiest times on our main routes;

Swartz Bay:

Swartz BC Day


Departure Bay:

DepBay BC Day

Duke Point:

DukePt BD Day