Help Page - Current Conditions at our Major Terminals

Our Current Conditions at-a-glance Page contains dynamic information regarding traffic at
BC Ferries’ major terminals.

Each major terminal has its own Current Conditions table and each table includes information on specific routes. For example, inside the Tsawwassen table there is information for Tsawwassen to Duke Point and Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. In the Swartz Bay table you’ll see information for Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour and Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen. And so on for all terminals listed on the page.

Opposite the Terminal Name, the date and time of the last update will appear. The page is set to refresh automatically, but it’s always a good idea to check when the last update was posted. If it looks old, click "Refresh" on your browser.

Under "Route", you’ll see the name of the individual route(s) for which Current Conditions information is available.

Under Next Sailing, you'll see the time of the next scheduled departure for the route indicated. Under this, a number shows how full this sailing is as of the most recently posted update. For example, if you see "80% Full", you know that 20% of the vessel's capacity is still available. (Might be time to make a reservation!)

Under Car Waits, a number shows how long drivers of non-reserved vehicles up to 7 feet high can expect to wait. For example, if you see a "0" under Car Waits, it means cars arriving at the terminal at the time of the update will board the next scheduled sailing. If you see a "1", cars arriving at the terminal 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.

Under Oversize Waits, a number shows how long drivers of non-reserved vehicles over 7 feet high can expect to wait. Again, this applies to vehicles arriving at the terminal at the time of the posted update.

NOTE: Conditions at our major terminals can change rapidly. If you check this information from your home computer, keep in mind that conditions are likely to be different once you arrive at the terminal, especially on weekends and over the summer months.

Under Later Sailings, you'll see departure times for up to five upcoming sailings scheduled for today's date. You may also see "More >>", which links to the Sailing Details page for the route

Under Depart, Arrive, you’ll see: symbol. Click on this image to view today's actual departure times from our major route terminals.

Under Service Notices, you may see a red symbol. Click on it to access service notices posted for this route. If the symbol appears in grey, there are no notices currently posted.

Under Sailing Details, click on the link to view more information regarding upcoming sailings.

In the Important Service Notices box, you’ll find links to notices posted for all routes in the
BC Ferries system. If there is a service interruption on one of our routes, or a circumstance that customers should be aware of as they plan their travels, a Service Notice will be issued and a link to it will be posted here – just click on the Route Name for more information. This section is updated as events occur so it's a good idea to check back often. You can link to it from the "Service Notices" shortcut at the top of the Current Conditions page.

Additional Notes

Early in the morning (5:00 to 6:00 am) you may see "?" values appearing for a route. This means the terminal has not yet reported in. Please be patient; this should change shortly.

For additional information, call toll-free: 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779). If you are calling from outside North America, phone us at + 1 (250) 386-3431.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard!