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Travelling To The Island?


Air

Air Canada  WestJet serves both the Victoria and Nanaimo airports. Tel: 1-888-247-2262; 250-360-9074 Harbour Air Depart from Vancouver Downtown Harbour, Vancouver Intl Airport and arrive in Victoria, Nanaimo, or Maple Bay Tel: 1-800-665-0212; 604-274-1277 Helijet  Scheduled service between Victoria Harbour, Vancouver Harbour and Vancouver International Airport, and schedules daily flight between Nanaimo and Vancouver. Tel: 1-800-665-4354 WestJet  WestJet serves both the Victoria and Nanaimo airports. Tel: 1-800-538-5696; 403-444-2301

Bus

Island Express Bus Island Express Bus provides passenger express bus service between most Vancouver Island points, from Victoria to Campbell River, and Tofino on the west coast, and BC Ferries’ services at Buckley Bay. Island Express Bus and IslandLinkBus are operated by the same company. Pacific Coach Lines Pacific Coach Lines offers a first-class luxury motorcoach service daily between downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Squamish and Whistler. The bus service between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria (via BC Ferries) that was previously operated by Pacific Coach Lines is now operated by Wilson’s Transportation (See below). 604-662-7575; 1-800-661-1725

Ferry

BC Ferries Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Victoria Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Nanaimo
  • Sailing Time: 2 hours
  • Sailings: 8 daily round trip sailings between Nanaimo and Tsawwassen
  • Vehicles and Passenger Walk On
  • Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal is located 39 km south of downtown Vancouver on the BC mainland.
Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Nanaimo
  • Sailing Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Sailings: 8 daily round trip sailings between Nanaimo and Horseshoe Bay
  • Vehicles and Passenger Walk On
  • Horseshoe Bay is located 25 km northwest of downtown Vancouver on the BC mainland.
  • Departure Bay is located 4 km north of downtown Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
For bus travel between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria via BC Ferries, call Wilson’s Transportation Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay
  • Sailing Time: 25 minutes
  • Sailings: 9 daily round-trip sailings between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay
  • Car Capacity: 16
  • Ticket sales end 3 minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and 5 minutes before for walk-on passengers.