Wednesday, October 03, 2007

BC FERRIES ADDS EXTRA SAILINGS
FOR THANKSGIVING LONG WEEKEND


BC Ferries is pleased to announce that it has added extra sailings to meet the demand for increased travel over the Thanksgiving long weekend.
Over the long weekend, BC Ferries will operate four vessels between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay. Extra sailings will be added on the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay route as traffic warrants throughout the weekend. On Monday, October 8, an extra late night sailing will depart Langdale at 10:10 pm bound for Horseshoe Bay. The Earls Cove – Saltery Bay schedule has been adjusted on October 5 and 8 to allow for later departures in the evening. The full list of extra sailings is available at www.bcferries.com.
Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a busy weekend for ferry travel, especially for foot passengers. Almost 50 per cent more foot passengers are carried this weekend than on an average fall weekend. The holiday Monday, October 8, is expected to be the busiest day of the long weekend.
At all locations, foot passengers should plan to arrive early at terminals to allow some extra time for ticketing. However, at the Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay terminals, walk-on customers can now use the new automated ticketing machines to speed ticket purchases. In addition, passengers travelling in vehicles are reminded that vehicle reservations must be claimed at the ticket booths at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure times.
Customers who want to avoid the heavy traffic and get reduced fares at the same time should take advantage of BC Ferries’ CoastSaver sailings. CoastSaver fares offer travellers savings of $5.00 per adult and $15.00 per underheight vehicle. On the Tsawwassen – Duke Point route, CoastSaver fares are available on all sailings on October 6 and 7. On the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route, CoastSaver fares are available on the 7:00 am and 9:00 am sailings on October 7.
Look for more CoastSaver sailings on the Tsawwassen – Duke Point and Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay routes from now until April 2008. Visit www.bcferries.com for the full CoastSaver schedule and find your time to save.

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