Decidedly not a fools joke, on April 1, all Queen of Capilano ferry sailings cut in 2014 will be reinstated.
The new schedule, posted to the BC Ferries website Friday afternoon, fills in weekend service gaps, with the exceptions of the 5:20 a.m. from Snug Cove on Saturdays and Sundays and the 7:25 p.m. from Snug Cove and 8 p.m. from Horseshoe Bay on Saturdays. The new schedule will be in effect until May 15 when the summer runs come into effect.
The provincial government announced in February that BC Ferries would be increasing service on 10 of its routes, including Bowen’s, restoring services cut in 2014.
When BC Ferries cut several weekend runs in 2014, islanders held protests, wrote letters and nearly 1,300 Islanders signed a petition against the move. The cuts notably created commuting difficulties for islanders, affecting nurses, paramedics, firefighters, church directors and more.
In 2017, BC Ferries reinstated four weekend runs as a pilot project, warning that if the runs weren’t profitable, they would likely be cut again. The pilot was due to expire soon.