Wednesday night was a long one for some Nanaimo-bound ferry passengers

File photo. Passengers on the Queen of Cowichan had to spend a little longer at sea than usual Wednesday night. Global News

It’s not every day you see a B.C. ferry circling in the waters north of Horseshoe Bay in the dead of night, but that’s exactly what happened early Thursday.

Those on the final sailing of the night on the Queen of Cowichan were in for a much longer ride than unusual due to high winds.

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B.C. Ferries says it was supposed to leave Horseshoe Bay at 10:10 p.m. and arrive at Departure Bay shortly before midnight, however due to heavy winds and high seas, it loitered near Bowyer and Gambier Islands in the lower Howe Sound until 12:30 a.m. Thursday, when it finally headed for Nanaimo.

According to the company, passengers were in “generally good spirits” and were given free hot drinks to help with the wait.


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