The wind and rain that has been lashing the region overnight is affecting Friday morning travel between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, with BC Ferries making several sailing cancellations.
So far, high winds have forced the cancellation of four sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay.
The Queen of Cowichan's sailings at 6:15 a.m. departing Departure Bay and 8:25 a.m. departing Horseshoe Bay were pulled, and the Queen of Oak Bay's sailings at 6:15 a.m. departing Horseshoe Bay and 8:25 a.m. departing Departure Bay were also axed.
Additionally, the Salish Eagle has cancelled the following sailings due to high winds: 6:15 a.m. departing Comox (Little River) and 8:05 a.m. departing Powell River (Westview).
"The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us. We don’t take the decision to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations. We will resume service as soon as it is safe to do so," notes BC Ferries on their service alerts.
Because of the wintery Pacific storm, BC Ferries is urging passengers to be vigilant and check their website and/or Twitter account regularly:
Happy Friday and safe travels! It's a little boisterous out there this morning, as sailings have already been cancelled due to the high winds. If you're travelling, I recommend viewing our #ServiceNotices to see if your route is affected here: https://t.co/IwYPdp0WfS ^js— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) January 3, 2020
On Thursday, Environment Canada issued a storm warning that BC Ferries indicated meant a travel advisory.
As peak holiday season travel wraps up this weekend, those intending to use BC Ferries should keep an eye on the situation and plan accordingly.
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