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Exclusive: John Horgan embarking on Victoria Day weekend “youth cruise”


Bob Mackin

Premier John Horgan is going on a marine mission to mend fences with millennials.

B.C.’s Premier taking a ferry up the coast on Victoria Day weekend. (BC Gov/BC Ferries)

Horgan’s March 29 “do not blow this for the rest of us” quip, directed at 20-39-year-olds he thinks aren’t taking the pandemic seriously, turned “Premier Dad” into “Premier Dud.”

So the NDP government is accelerating a plan that had been in the works for end of summer. The inaugural voyage of John Horgan’s Youth Cruise on BC Ferries will go ahead Victoria Day weekend, May 21-24.

The four-day charter cruise on the LNG-fuelled Salish Orca will depart Swartz Bay and stop at Tsawwassen, Horseshoe Bay, Langdale, Campbell River, Cortes Island, Port Hardy, Prince Rupert and Nanaimo. Tickets start at $49. 

BC Ferries Salish Orca

A special feature of the cruise will be COVID-19 vaccinations in one arm and a tattoo on the other to commemorate the Youth Cruise.

Sign for John Horgan’s Youth Cruise (BC Gov/BC Ferries)


  • Concerts by Said the Whale
  • Skateboard ramp and lacrosse box on the car deck
  • Craft beer and avocado toast tasting in the Coastal Cafe
  • TikTok zone for sea shanties
  • Bhangra lessons with Yukon’s Gurdeep Pandher
  • Meet and greet with the Premier and Dave “Dave” Mix, the BC Hydro spokes-hipster with the NDP orange beard.

Horgan will unveil more details about his Youth Cruise on April 1 during an 11:30 a.m. announcement from Swartz Bay.