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Friday 29th August versus Saturday 30th August day trip

widnes
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Friday 29th August versus Saturday 30th August day trip

Hi

We are planning a day trip from Vancouver to Victoria arriving by Floatplane and leaving by ferry, I know it's Labour weekend so was wondering which day would be the best Friday 29th August or Saturday 30th August ? Any ideas ?

Thanks

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1. Re: Friday 29th August versus Saturday 30th August day trip

At first blush, Saturday. Crazy busy on Friday afternoon on all ferries and roads. But if you are taking PCL back to Vancouver, you would be fine. Nothing to worry about except finding a seat in the lounges and/or being 50th in line at the entrance to the cafeteria on the ferry, which will be full to capacity. Not on Saturday though.

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2. Re: Friday 29th August versus Saturday 30th August day trip

Usually the middle day of a long weekend (Saturday) is less busy on the ferries. How are you catching the ferry back to Vancouver? If you're taking Pacific Coach Lines, I suggest making that reservation as soon as possible.

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3. Re: Friday 29th August versus Saturday 30th August day trip

Just to clarify -

The Labour Day weekend runs Saturday, August 30th, to Monday, September 1st. The middle day would be Sunday, August 31st.

The ferries start becoming really loaded early on the Friday, with some people taking Friday as a vacation day, and just become worse (in terms of crowding and delays) as the day progresses. There is usually another peak period on Saturday morning, but this sometimes sorts itself out by late Saturday afternoon.

Likely, if you come back to Vancouver on Saturday evening, the ferry will be much less crowded than sailings up to that point. However, you will need to reserve with PCL in any event and should likely do that as soon as you have finalized your travel arrangements.

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