BC Ferries dealing with sailing waits after cancellations due to high winds

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After multiple ferry cancellations due to "damaging wind" warnings Monday, thousands of travelers finally began moving again after spending the holiday stranded at B.C. Ferries terminals.

For passengers with reservations for the 3 p.m. and onward sailings, those reservations will be honoured, said Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall. "We don't take the decision to cancel sailings lightly".

An updated wind warning from Environment Canada includes all of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley out to Abbotsford, and parts of Vancouver Island.

Kirsten Cameron had meant to catch the one o'clock ferry home to Victoria. Winds weren't as strong there as Vancouver, she reported, "but it did pick up quite a bit around 1 p.m.", she told Metro.

Ferry service has resumed on two routes between Tsawwassen and Vancouver Island after high winds cancelled sailings on Monday. "We'll just wait it out, there's nothing much else we can do".

Several runs on the northern Gulf Islands were also affected.

Most areas can expect to see winds between 70-80 km/hr and Environment Canada is warning people to secure loose belongings and watch out for downed trees and branches.