BC Ferries Northern Route still running on winter schedule

Divya Gill
05/28/2020

North Coast residents are asked to wait a little longer, as B-C Ferries try to finalize sailing schedules ahead of the summer season

B-C Ferries is working on an agreement with the province as to when services in the North will increase, till then the ferry will continue to operate on its winter schedule, with one vessel shared between the two routes- Port Hardy Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii Prince Rupert.

Executive Director, Public Affairs BC Ferries Deborah Marshall said the North Coast sees a lot of tourism during the spring and summer months, and with COVID-19 still looming over us, many communities are asking non residence travelers not to come visit

"Particularly Haida Gwaii the community is asking visitors to stay away this summer  so I don't expect any great increase in traffic and of course with the Europeans who cancelled their trips this summer, we don't expect to see them this year." 

The Canadian Ferry Association says B-C Ferries is losing up to 1.5 million dollars a day as the pandemic continues. 

Marshall says ferry traffic on the northern routes was down 80 percent.. and is up a bit now.. but she notes people are still being asked to use the ferries for essential purposes only.ferry.jpg

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