BC Ferries recently announced that service in many significant routes would either be cancelled or delayed due to the storm and flooding taking place in the territory of British Columbia. High winds primarily cause these service disruptions.
According to a tweet by the publicly-owned Canadian company, movement between Vancouver and Victoria is also currently suspended because the vessels utilized to navigate Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay are temporarily docked until the weather clears. Moreover, some routes between Vancouver and Nanaimo have also been announced cancelled due to the bad weather.
BC Ferries stressed that the affected services would only resume when the storm lets up to ensure the safety and protection of its customers. “We don’t decide to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations,” the company pointed out. “The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us.”
Additionally, the company shared that “southerly winds gusting to 60 km/h this morning will shift to west or northwest winds near noon” because of the passage of the cold front. It also highlighted that the winds would be “strongest near the water,” with gusts up to 90 kilometers per hour.
BC Ferries explained that gusty winds are still possible but are not expected to be as strong for areas away from the water. It also added that winds “will ease early this evening as the frontal system moves further inland.”