Alcohol could arrive in cafes on major BC Ferries routes by the end of the year – Vancouver Island Free Daily

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BC Ferries hopes to introduce British Columbia wine, craft beer, ciders and other alcoholic beverages to the menu of coastal cafes aboard ships sailing its main routes between Vancouver Island and the mainland. (Black Press Media file photo)

Alcohol could arrive in cafes on major BC Ferries routes by the end of the year

Corporation hopes to add service by the end of the summer; received approval in principle




BC Ferries plans to introduce alcoholic beverages on major routes, but not during the peak of the holiday season.

Without giving details except to say that the additions would be introduced by the end of the summer, the company announced that it would introduce wine, craft beer, ciders and other alcoholic beverages from Colombia. British on the menu of coastal cafes on ships serving Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen – Duke Point and Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay routes.

In a statement, BC Ferries said it has received approval in principle for these licenses from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, but the application is subject to review.

The move comes after what BC Ferries describes as “a successful introduction of wine and beer service in the Pacific Buffet between October 2019 and March 2020 without any issues.”

However, the Pacific Buffet has been closed on ships equipped with this dining facility since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alcoholic beverages would be served in limited quantities – maximum two drinks per customer – and would only be available to customers purchasing food items.


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