After numerous cancellations of flights, buses and ferries, there are signs that everything is back to normal

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The Greater Victoria Transit bus service mainly returns to regular service on Saturday.

Update: BC Transit plans to return to mostly regular scheduled service on Saturday, with some detours to avoid hills and narrow streets. But these routes will not operate: 12, 13, 53, 59, 60, 63, 65, 85 and 87.

BC Ferries and Victoria International Airport also anticipate a return to scheduled service, with the possibility of some delays.

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Almost all flights were canceled at Victoria International Airport on Friday morning and travelers are advised to keep an eye on the YYJ website for updates.

Some later flights were listed as late or on time.

Rod Hunchak, director of business development and community relations, said it’s unclear what the airlines will do for the rest of the day. “They make the decision based on conditions and crew availability and things like that, so I suspect it will be similar tonight.

“As everyone knows, it all depends on the weather, and in the next few days, who knows?”

The airport’s main runway remains open, he said, and is “more than capable” of handling any traffic.

The other two tracks remain closed.

BC Ferries trips resumed at 11 a.m. on major routes after the first round of morning trips were cancelled, spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said.

The minor routes had the first two round trips of the day cancelled.

Some staff members had difficulty reaching the terminals, leading to crew problems, Marshall said. In response, BC Ferries has focused on ensuring regular odd-hour sailings for routes like Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen are fully staffed, rather than the additional holiday voyages that had been scheduled.

“What we’re doing is making sure the major trips are taking place, so it would be the odd hour trips.”

BC Ferries said it was experiencing high call volume Friday and waits of two hours or more to speak with its agents, and that refunds were being given for customer bookings on canceled voyages.

“If you do not plan to travel in the next 72 hours, please contact us at a later time to allow us to better assist customers with faster travel,” BC Ferries said in a statement.

BC Transit said in a 2 p.m. update that it was offering service on 18 of its 57 routes. Buses will not follow a set schedule.

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Saanich police said the Pat Bay Freeway was “mostly clear with some muddy areas” around noon, with officers heading to the first traffic incident of the day: a minor collision on the Royal Oak overpass.

Side roads are still covered in snow, police said.

A stretch of the 4 Freeway was closed Friday due to downed power lines between the Tofino-Ucluelet Freeway and the Taylor River rest area, along with a downed tree. The road was cleared Friday afternoon.

Nanaimo, Tofino, and Ucluelet suffered power outages, as did an area south of Port Renfrew.

There were four power outages affecting more than 5,043 people on the North Island and one affecting more than 430 people on the South Island as of midday.

DriveBC said Highway 14 between Port Renfrew and Jordan River is open to single-lane alternate traffic in the area of ​​Cerantes Road and the Jordan River Recreation site after being blocked by a downed tree Thursday. Drivers are warned to be on the lookout for debris on the road.

Island Health said Friday it will consolidate primary care and urgent care center services at its Victoria and West Shore UPCC sites on Christmas Day to lessen the risk of last-minute closures due to weather or staffing issues.

Both will be open from 8am to 8pm on Christmas Day, while the James Bay, North Quadra and Esquimalt UPCCs will be closed on Christmas Day and will reopen at their regular hours of 8am to 8pm on Boxing Day.

The Gorge Road site, which is not normally open on Sundays, will also be open from 8am to 8pm on Boxing Day.

The Salvation Army said on Friday donations to its Christmas teapots were down by 50 per cent, after collections were canceled for three days due to weather during the busy run-up to Christmas.

Sipili Molia, Community Relations Manager for The Salvation Army BC Division, asked people to donate online at

Canada Post issued an advisory Friday saying delivery service alerts are in place for virtually every part of the country.

“While recovery efforts are underway to get some deliveries on December 24 when warranted, these efforts will be pending weather and road conditions as we prioritize the safety of our employees,” the notice said, adding that regular deliveries will resume on Wednesday.

People are asked to keep driveways and sidewalks around their homes clear of snow and ice, and to spread sand and salt.

The University of Victoria, Royal Roads University and Camosun College closed on Friday ahead of regularly scheduled holiday closures.

Rain and highs of 9 C are forecast for Saturday and Sunday, followed by rain and highs of 8 C on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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