The Canadian Canadian state-owned company BC Ferries canceled morning crossings between Victoria BC and Vancouver Island on Thursday, January 6, due to a winter storm on British Columbia's south coast which was affecting vessel staff.
As a result. the 7 AM crossing from Swartz Bay (Victoria) and the 9 AM crossing from Tsawassen (Delta City) on Spirit of Vancouver Island ferry were both canceled.
On its website the company said:
“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us. We don’t take the decision to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations. We will resume service as soon as it is safe to do so."
The Canadian crown corporation BC Transit also said it had canceled most of its Greater Victoria routes because of slippery roads.
Service on Route 50 (between Langford-Downtown Victoria) and Route 70 (between Swartz Bay-downtown) were expected to restart delayed service.
BC Transit said it would be suspending all bus service in the Cowichan Valley because of the storm.
The cancellations come after Environment Canada issued winter storm warnings for the state's South Coast region and much of Vancouver Island.