The Saturday before the holidays is a travel day for many and traffic has begun to slow down in the region.
After several days of winter weather and corresponding collisions, only clouds hung over Greater Victoria on Saturday morning and traffic was moving steadily in area. By 11 a.m., however, backs ups began in various locations.
The Trans-Canada Highway traffic is slow leaving Saanich, but it’s smooth sailing past Helmcken Road. The Pat Bay Highway, however, is backed up near Elk/Beaver Lake, near Mount Newton Cross Road, in Sidney and near the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.
Upon arriving at the ferry terminal, travellers won’t currently be greeted with a wait as the 3 p.m. sailing is only 40 per cent full.
Traffic is also backed up near the Mayfair, Uptown and Tillicum shopping centres.
Dec. 21 is also the last day of winter exams for students at the University of Victoria, so an influx of student travellers can be expected.