Photo courtesy BC Ferries
Richmond has so much to offer throughout spring break and over the Easter long weekend but, for those who want to travel somewhere by ferry, BC Ferries offers some bargains and some tips.
If you are willing to travel at off-hours, very early in the morning or late at night, you can save big time this Easter long weekend on BC Ferries.
“From March 15 to April 3, standard under-height vehicles and drivers can travel from $39 on over 300 select sailings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen and Duke Point, Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay, and Horseshoe Bay and Langdale,” says BC Ferries’ executive director for public affairs Deborah Marshall.
The ferry service says the most popular travel times at the start of the weekend are expected to be mid-day Thursday, March 29, to late morning Friday, March 30. Another peak is expected the afternoon of Monday, April 2 as the holiday, and spring break, ends.
In addition to savings, travelers can look to additional sailing times over the holidays.
Between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, the busiest of the 25 routes BC Ferries operates, the company is adding 62 sailings. An additional 12 sailings have been scheduled between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay. As well, six more sailings have also been scheduled between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale during this busy season.
Not just ferries end up full with holiday travelers; the parking lots can fill up quite quickly. For that reason, BC Ferries recommends travelers use transit or find someone who can drop them off at their departure terminal.
As you drive to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, you may notice that Richmond is home to BC Ferries’ fleet maintenance unit otherwise known as Deas dock. The facility on Rice Mill Rd. is the service’s main ship repair and maintenance location.
The ferry service has a calendar at bcferries.com showing what are likely to be the busiest sailings over the holiday weekend.
BC Ferries encourages customers to make a reservation for this busy travel period to ensure the sailing of their choice.