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Ferries, border busy on Victoria Day

05/21/2012 02:56 EDT | Updated 07/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Traffic picked up at BC Ferries terminals and U.S. border crossings Monday as the Victoria Day long weekend drew to a close for many British Columbians.

Traffic was busy throughout the day at the major terminals connecting Vancouver Island and the mainland, with most of the traffic headed off the island.

Officials predicted Tuesday morning would also be busy as travellers headed back to the mainland after spending the long weekend on Vancouver Island.

Further delays were averted as the Queen of New Westminster came back into service just in time for time for Monday's long weekend travel crunch.

Mechanical problems that started on Friday forced BC Ferries to cancel a number of sailings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay over the long weekend. Officials announced Sunday evening the ferry would be back in service Monday morning.

The long weekend also saw long lineups at northbound U.S. border crossings Monday.

Wait times were between 30 and 60 minutes for much of the day.

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