By Briana Alzola
Anacortes American 

Ferry route from Anacortes to Sidney, B.C., on hold until at least 2023


Last updated 6/23/2022 at 10:11am

Linnea Hoover, Anacortes American

The Washington State Ferries system will not reopen the route to Sidney, B.C., this year. It will reopen next summer at the earliest.

Travel between Anacortes and Sidney, B.C., via ferry won't be happening until at least next summer, according to Washington State Ferries staff.

During a community meeting last week, Ferries staff talked about the plan to return all routes to their normal, pre-pandemic service. Domestic routes are the top priority, and there is no way to reopen the route to Canada this year, staff said.

That doesn't mean that route is going away, said Ferries Director of Planning, Customer and Government Relations John Vezina.

It takes an order from the state Legislature to change any ferry route, he said. The Sidney route is valuable, but there are too many other challenges right now to keep it open this year.

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