My husband and I are travelling from the UK to Vancouver, picking up a car and heading to Vancouver Island at the start of a 15 day holiday. We leave Vancouver for Victoria on Monday 4 August and have an open ferry booking to Swartz Bay for that day. Our travel agent recommended an open booking and just advised us to arrive an hour and a half in advance of when you want to travel. I understand that 4 August is a public holiday in Canada (and that it is also Pride weekend - which is a big deal where we live in Manchester and attracts thousands of people!). Are ferries likely to be very busy that day and would we be best advised to book a specific time?
Thanks very much!