BC Ferries offers sailings between Tsawassen and Swartz Bay every hour until 9 p.m. on Boxing Day. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

UPDATED: One-sailing wait for BC Ferries passengers heading to Tsawwassen terminal on Boxing Day

Sailings every hour between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay

Unless you have eight reindeer to fly you out of Vancouver Island, you might want to make a ferry reservation for your trip home.

Christmas Day saw a nearly empty Swartz Bay ferry terminal, but Boxing Day sailings are filling up faster as travellers make their way to the Lower Mainland.

RELATED: Santa sightings haven’t delayed BC Ferries Christmas Day sailings

There is a one-sailing wait from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen with the 4 p.m. sailing 100 per cent full. The 5 p.m. is almost 75 per cent full and the 6 p.m. is 60 per cent full.

The 4:25 p.m. sailing from Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour is almost half-full but the following sailings have plenty of room.

There isn’t much more space available on ferries taking passengers towards Greater Victoria. The 4 p.m .sailing is 100 per cent full and the 5 and 6 p.m sailings are 66 and 50 per cent full, respectively.

The 9 a.m. sailing to Tsawwassen left at about 88 per cent full Thursday morning. The 12 p.m. sailing was 100 per cent full, as were the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. sailings.

The 9 a.m. sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay left at around 65 per cent full. The 12 p.m. sailing to Swartz Bay was 72 per cent full and the 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. sailings are more than 50 per cent full by noon.

Boxing Day comes with extra sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, with sailings every hour from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations can be made online at bcferries.com.

Currently, traffic in Greater Victoria is fairly clear, with a 32- minute driving commute from downtown to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and a 20-minute commute between downtown Victoria and Langford.

READ ALSO: Boxing Day hockey tourney returns to Oak Bay



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

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