Help Page – Sailing Details
Our Sailing Details page contains real-time information for the
route selected. When the page has loaded, always double-check the route
the top. The
route name is presented with the departure terminal first and the arrival
terminal last (e.g. Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay). If you were looking for
the page showing
a different terminal of departure, use the back button on your browser
and select again.
Web cam images appear first on the Sailing Details page.
These provide views of highway approaches to the terminal and appropriate
compound (depending on the route selected). Check the blue title bar
above the web cam images for information on what is being shown. For a larger
view, just click on the image.
Web cam images update automatically every
60 seconds. The date and time of the last update appear in the blue title
bar opposite the ‘Traffic Outside’ and ‘Traffic
To’ indicators. They also appear on the expanded web cam image.
If date and time do not look current, click the Refresh button on
NOTE: Web cam images provide a visual snapshot of terminal
conditions at the time of the latest update, but they only tell
part of the story.
Also check Sailing Waits and Total Deck Space Committed information when
page to plan your travels with us. Remember, conditions can change
rapidly – an
empty terminal can become a very busy place within a matter of
Car Waits and Oversize Waits appear to the right of the web cam images.
The number beside Car Waits indicates how long drivers of non-reserved vehicles
up to 7 feet in height can expect to wait. For example, if you see a "0",
it means vehicles arriving at the terminal at the time of the update will
board the next scheduled sailing. If you see a "1", they will not
board the next sailing, but will be loaded onto the one after that. If you
see "POSS", it won't be long before a 1 sailing wait is posted.
The number beside Oversize Waits indicates how long drivers of non-reserved
vehicles over 7 feet in height can expect to wait. Again, this applies to
vehicles arriving at the terminal at the time of the posted update.
Sailing Details appear next on the screen. The blue title bar shows the
sailing for which details are presented (e.g.: ‘Sailing Details: 1:00
that the information presented applies to the 1:00 PM departure)
and gives you an opportunity to select a future sailing using a convenient
menu. Click on the arrow in the drop-down box, then click
on the sailing
of your choice to view details.
On each Sailing Details page, you'll see a summary graph under the webcam images called Total Deck Space Committed.
This shows how much deck space has already been allocated through ticket sales or reservations. The summary graph includes both Passenger Vehicle Deck Space and Mixed Vehicle Deck Space, and represents an at-a-glance snapshot of how full a given sailing is. Note that the graph does not take into account un-ticketed traffic outside of the terminal, which can be viewed via the webcam images.
If you click on the More >> link located just under the summary graph, a pop-up window appears containing more detailed information.
Two graphs are shown here. One shows how much of our Passenger Vehicle Deck Space is committed (upper vehicle decks where cars and other vehicles up to 7 feet high are loaded) and the other shows how much of our Mixed Vehicle Deck Space is committed (on the main vehicle deck where a variety of vehicle sizes are accommodated).
Note that the two percentages do not add up to the total percentage value identified on the Total Deck Space Committed summary graph because overall deck space is not always divided equally between cars and oversized vehicles.
Be advised that the conditions reported are as at the timestamp on the page, and actual traffic conditions and vessel load details become more dynamic as departure time nears.
to more important information appear under the Sailing Details box:
Notices (Click to view notices posted for this route. If the icon
displays grey, no notices
percentage shows how full parking facilities at this terminal are as of the
Departure Times (Click to see if we’re sailing on time)
Conditions (Click to view Current Conditions at all of
our Major Terminals)
to this page)
This Page (Three short questions so you can
tell us what you think of our Current Conditions info on the web)
Links appear at the bottom of the page…just click to view.
Or use the convenient drop-down menu to select Sailing Details for another
For additional information, call toll-free: 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779).
If you are calling from outside British Columbia, phone us at (250) 386-3431.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard!