BC Ferries adds sailings for the May long weekend, with the help of additional staff

BC Ferries is adding up to 110 additional crossings to handle increased traffic over the May long weekend.

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BC Ferries is adding up to 110 additional crossings to handle increased traffic over the May long weekend.

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The ferry company said the recent hiring of more than 500 employees will allow it to add more crossings from Thursday through May 24.

Most additional sailings are scheduled for the most popular routes linking Metro Vancouver with Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

On the Vancouver-Victoria route, 74 additional departures are added, including 6 a.m. departures on May 19, 20, 21 and 24.

There will also be 25 additional crossings on the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route and 11 additional crossings on the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale route.

The most popular sailings are generally those leaving Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals on Thursday and Friday afternoons, as well as Saturday mornings, while Monday afternoons are historically the most popular time to travel from Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, BC Ferries said in a statement.

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Over the long weekend, BC Ferries will make approximately 2,400 crossings, the equivalent of 19,200 nautical miles, or the distance traveled from Vancouver to Halifax and back twice. The company says 300,000 passengers and 100,000 vehicles will be transported from Thursday to Monday, while around 20,000 burgers, 5,000 bowls of ice cream and 21,000 cups of coffee will be served.

Passengers are advised to share rides or travel as foot passengers this weekend as vehicle deck space fills up quickly. BC Ferries suggests using public transport or getting dropped off at the terminal, as main terminal car parks usually reach capacity on long weekends.

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