BC Ferries adds sailings, offers free travel for military on Remembrance Day
Published Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:17PM PST Last Updated Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:33PM PST
BC Ferries vessel The Queen of Oak Bay is pictured in spring 2019. (Pete Cline / CTV News Vancouver)
VANCOUVER - There will be 28 more ferry sailings than usual between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland over the Remembrance Day long weekend, BC Ferries announced Wednesday.
The vast majority of these additional sailings will be on the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route, which will see 24 more trips than normal. The other four added sailings will be on the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route.
The ferry company will also offer free travel for military personnel - including active, reserve and retired members of the armed forces, as well as cadets - on Remembrance Day.
Personnel travelling in uniform or who present official military identification will qualify for the discount, which is being offered for the first time this year, BC Ferries said.
Complimentary travel will also be available on Remembrance Day for senior citizens. Seniors can travel for free on BC Ferries from Monday through Thursday throughout the year, but usually Monday holidays are excluded.
Long weekend travel often means multi-sailing waits for travelers going between the island and the mainland. BC Ferries recommends reserving tickets in advance on applicable routes, arriving early and being prepared to wait.