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BC ferries

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BC ferries

Travelling from Calgary to Vancouver in mid-August, have booked accommodation on Vancouver Island for August 7th/8th. I understand it will be a Public Holiday in Canada on the 7th August .

Could anyone advise on BC Ferries, would it be better to book in advance, or would it be OK 'just to arrive' without reservations

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Most definitely make a reservation. It's not uncommon to have 2 or 3-sailing waits for the ferries in the summer, especially B.C. Day, which is one of the busiest long weekends of the year. Even with the reservation you must be at the terminal no less than 30 minutes before departure - if you're even 2 minutes late they will give your booking away.

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Additionally, make your reservations asap -- there is a limited number of reservations available on each sailing.

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I agree - on the long weekend you really do want to book in advance even given that it costs $15 each way to reserve. And the caution about being there at least 30 minutes in advance - it is true it happened to us- traffic accident delay we were 3 minutes late (by the BC Ferries clock) and they gave our reservation away ( and no you do not get a refund) and we had to wait 3 hours to get on a ferry. They are very heavy handed about stuff like that. The point of a reservation should be to get there closer to sailing time without worry but instead you have to ensure you are there way ahead of time and account for possible traffic issues. When we just show up 20 minutes before we get a ticket and on we go. Unfortunately on long weekends in the summer it is a real problem to get on so reserve away and eat the extra cost.

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I would not travel on that weekend without a reservation.The cost now is $17.00.You can arrive no sooner than an hour before your departure time and no later than 30 minutes,other than that it should be smooth sailing.Have a great trip

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Thanks for all your help and advice, will book ASAP, much appreciated........Cheers

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We too are planning to use the ferry around August 3rd?

How soon do you think reservations need to be made?

Do you think that Thursday will be busy due to the upcoming holiday weekend?

We plan to do a one day round trip Vancouver to Victoria.

Thanks

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