If you’re planning on taking the ferry next week, best double check the schedule.
As of June 3, Bowen’s schedule is changing and the summer staple late-night runs (10:20 p.m. from Horseshoe Bay and 10:50 p.m. from Bowen Island) are cancelled. The last run of the night will be 10 p.m. from Bowen Island. The late-night runs are back on the schedule for July through September.
BC Ferries said that the schedule change is to reduce the possibility of berth congestion as it is reinstating the Horseshoe Bay – Nanaimo route as of June 3.
Darin Guenette of BC Ferries said that ferry traffic is down substantially, putting financial and operational stress on the system and that BC Ferries is still losing approximately $1 million a day due to the effects of COVID-19.
“Costs associated with the current schedule are higher than the one coming into effect in June,” said Guenette. “As such, we are making some schedule adjustments on various routes, including this one.”
As per current Transport Canada regulations, the passenger capacity of the Queen of Capilano is half of what it usually is––only 229 people are allowed on board under current restrictions.