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Labour Day traffic woes for Metro Vancouver

09/01/2012 06:14 EDT | Updated 11/01/2012 05:12 EDT
Hordes of Metro Vancouver travellers are facing long border line ups and fully-booked ferries, as they flock to the U.S. and Vancouver Island to enjoy the last long weekend of summer.

As early as 8:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, Vancouverites heading for the borders reported line ups of up to three hours, with Abbotsford traffic reportedly trailing back to Highway 1 and the Peace Arch and Pacific Highway backed up past 8th Avenue.

Officials say wait times have increased recently as more people take advantage of the higher Canadian dollar to travel to the U.S. They're urging travellers to have proper ID on hand and keep any receipts related to cross-border shopping.

Some 150,000 people are expected to cross the borders this Labour Day weekend and more delays are expected tomorrow and on Monday as people return home.

Meanwhile, reservation space on BC Ferries is fully subscribed for peak sailing times on Saturday, Sunday and Monday as an anticipated 250,000 passengers fill up the four busiest ferry routes.

BC Ferries say they have added a number of extra sailings and all vessels are running well. However, at the time of writing, the only route with oversize and car waits is the sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay.

On the roads, police are urging people to slow down and drive safely. On the last long weekend, for B.C. Day, three people died in car crashes.

It also seems a record number of people are taking advantage of B.C.'s campsites. B.C. Parks says camping reservations have hit an all-time record of 105,000.

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