South Coast ferries backlogged after Friday wind storm cancels sailings

Ferry travellers on B.C.'s South Coast are dealing with extra traffic this morning after high winds forced the cancellation of sailings on four ferry routes on Friday.

By 8 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. sailings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay were already nearly full. Saturday. BC Ferries has added two extra sailings to each route to help compensate.

Darin Guenette, manager of public affairs with BC Ferries, said passengers on that main route between Vancouver and Victoria have seen waits of up to two sailings, but said the extra sailings should alleviate the pressure soon.

"We think it'll flow pretty smoothly certainly from midday onwards," he said.

Service on four routes across the Strait of Georgia was cancelled last night due to wind. The same storm caused chaos throughout the Lower Mainland, damaging a brick wall in East Vancouver and toppling a tree onto an occupied car in Surrey.

Up-to-date ferry conditions can be found on BC Ferries' website.