Francois relying on helicopter part-time

Christine Durnford
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While our ferry the “Marine Voyager” is in refit, we have a replacement ferry schedule with a helicopter servicing us for passengers only on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday (weather permitting) each week.

People wait for the helicopter in Francois.

The provincial ferry “Sound of Islay” is servicing passengers and freight on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.

Anyone wanting to come to Francois can just go to the helicopter landing area in Burgeo on the days it is running or take the ferry on the days it is providing service.

To get into Francois it’s a first-come-first-served basis at the pilot’s discretion. To get out, you put your name on a list and leave according to where you are positioned on that list starting with the first ones on there.

The helicopter can carry three passengers at a time and sometimes four if there are small children to go. There are luggage limitations on the helicopter while the ferry can carry whatever you have with you.

In my opinion the helicopter is a much more enjoyable ride if you’re not too scared and you can also look at 25 minutes on the chopper compared to five hours on the ferry. This schedule looks like it’s going to be in place for quite a while so hopefully it will not cause too much of a problem for people coming to Francois to visit family and friends.

Geographic location: Francois, Sound of Islay, Burgeo

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