A list of cancellations and delays in Vancouver Island on December 23

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Many services on Vancouver Island have announced cancellations, closures or delays due to the winter storm heading for the south coast of British Columbia on December 23.

CHEK News has compiled a list of all services announcing delays or cancellations.

BC Ferries

In anticipation of bad weather, BC Ferries has canceled a number of trips, including on its busiest route between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen in the morning.

Shortly before 11 a.m., the ferry company announced that a ship was able to leave Tsawwassen due to improving weather conditions, but did not announce whether further voyages would resume.

READ MORE: BC Ferries cancels Friday morning trips in anticipation of a winter storm

As weather conditions improve, BC Ferries will resume service on most of its routes, but there are still some cancellations if staff were unable to arrive.

A complete list can be found on the BC Ferries Routes-At-A-Glance page.

BC transit

BC Transit has canceled service in Cowichan Valley and Salt Spring Island until further notice due to road conditions.

At Victoria, the service was canceled earlier in the day, but just before 4pm all but nine routes were operational.

Nanaimo and Comox Valley were operating but warning of delays.

As of 11 a.m., no service alerts were posted on the BC Transit websites for Campbell River, Mount Waddington or Port Alberni transit services.

READ MORE: Some Victoria transits to resume, Cowichan Valley, Salt Spring remain canceled

canada post

Mail delivery by Canada Post is under red or yellow alert for most of the country.

Red alert means the delivery has been cancelled, yellow means it may be delayed.

READ MORE: Canada Post issues red and yellow service alerts for most of the country

colleges and universities

Camosun College announced that all classes and services are cancelled.

Royal Roads University, the University of Victoria and North Island College announced that campuses would be closed for the day.

Curbside recycling pickup at CRD

The Capital Regional District has announced that curbside recycling pickup is canceled for December 23.

“Affected residents are advised to hold their recycling until the next collection day,” the CRD says in a notice on its website. “There is no limit to the amount of recycling that can be placed curbside. Recyclable materials can also be left in a deposit for free. For a list of deposits, visit: www.crd.bc.ca/curbside”.

Harbor Air Seaplanes

Harbor Air has announced that all of its flights and tours have been canceled due to weather.

island give it back

All five Island Return It centers have been closed, according to the company’s Facebook page.

Victoria Airport

The airport advises that winter weather is disrupting travel at the airport.

WestJet canceled all flights to Victoria Airport and other airports in BC, Ontario and Quebec as a precaution.

READ MORE: WestJet cancels flights at Victoria, Nanaimo and Comox airports ahead of storm

According to the airport’s website, only a handful of flights are expected to operate and many others will be cancelled.

Nanaimo Airport

Only one flight is expected to arrive at the Nanaimo airport, with all other arrivals and departures cancelled, according to its website.

As of 12:45 p.m., the website says a West Jet flight from Calgary is expected to arrive in Nanaimo at 11:59 p.m.


Two Island Savings branches are closed and three will have reduced hours.

Brentwood and Lake Cowichan are closed.

Mayfair and Douglas & Broughton in Victoria will close at 3 p.m. and the Cedar, Nanaimo branch will close at 2 p.m.

TD Bank is closing most Vancouver Island locations, except for the downtown Victoria branch at 1080 Douglas St., which will close at 2 p.m.

READ MORE: TD Bank closes most Vancouver Island locations Friday due to weather

Know of any cancellations, closures, or delays that aren’t on this list? Please send an email [email protected] to let us know.

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