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Long weekend travellers facing delays on ferries, border crossings

WATCH: Hundreds of travellers trying to get away this holiday weekend found themselves waiting in frustration today. The two main border crossings into the U.S. were jammed for most of the day. Meanwhile, a mechanical problem with a BC ferry led to other delays. Kristen Robinson has details.

The Victoria Day long weekend is off to a rough start for some travellers around the province.

BC Ferries hopes to have the Queen of Oak Bay back in service for its mid-afternoon sailing out of Horseshoe Bay.

This morning, the ship experienced a mechanical issue, forcing the cancellation of the 10:40 a.m. sailing from Horseshoe Bay as well as the 12:50 return trip from Departure Bay in Nanaimo.

This created a backlog as customers had to wait for the next sailings, which, in some cases, were already full.

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BC Ferries says repairs have been completed and the ship should be going back into service this afternoon.

Meanwhile, travellers headed to the United States have to deal with significant delays this afternoon.

The Peace Arch and Pacific Highway border crossings are now experiencing wait times of nearly two hours.

For regular updates on border wait times going into the U.S., go here.

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