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Expect roads, ferries and borders to be busy this long weekend

Last Updated May 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm PDT

The Peace Arch border crossing looking south. (NEWS 1130 File Photo)

Have your documents ready to go before arriving at any border crossing

Hundreds of people injured in Lower Mainland crashes every May Long Weekend, says ICBC

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The May long weekend is typically known as the unofficial start to the summer but it comes with a stern warning from both police and ICBC.

“Drivers have to realize that even if they’re following the rules, they should be on the lookout and as well the holiday weekend results in more people drinking and driving. We urge people to be cautious in their driving while at the same time watch out for others who aren’t being cautious in their driving,” says RCMP Corporal Lorne Lecker.

Lecker says you can expect to see more cops keeping an eye out on the roads during the evenings and weekends all summer long cracking down on both speed and distracted driving.

Statistics from ICBC show last year, 330 people were injured in 1,200 crashes throughout the Lower Mainland over this long weekend. While, 52 people were injured in 290 crashes throughout Vancouver Island.

Extra sailings for BC Ferries

BC Ferries is adding over 85 extra sailings on its most popular routes for the Victoria Day long weekend. The extra service is in place from May 18th to May 23rd.

  • 60 extra sailings are scheduled on the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route
  • 15 extra sailings are scheduled on the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay route
  • 10 extra sailings are scheduled on the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route
  • 4 extra sailings are scheduled on the Earls Cove – Saltery Bay route


The crown corporation’s Deborah Marshall says Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay are expected to be the busiest terminals until about midday Saturday. “If you’re travelling without a reservation, I would suggest you check out our current conditions on our website. We also have a calendar of the busiest travel times for the long weekend — that’s a very good tool to check out before you head to the terminals.”

A reminder from May 18th to September 15th, BC Ferries is offering passenger vehicle and driver fares of between $39 to $59 on some sailings on the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen – Duke Point, Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay routes and $39 return-trip fares on the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route on select evening sailings.

Busy borders

The Canada Border Services Agency is asking you to be prepared with all the necessary documents before you head to any crossing. Year after year agents say one of the hold-ups is people searching for their passport or NEXUS card when they pull up to the line, instead of showing up ready to go.

Last year, about 88,308 cars entered Canada through the five Lower Mainland border crossings during the Victoria Day long weekend. The busiest crossings were Douglas and Pacific Highway, which processed roughly 32,450 and 25,471 vehicles respectively.

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