Tsawwassen (38 km south of Vancouver) - Swartz Bay (20 mi (32 km) north
Crossing time: 1 hour 35 minutes; 8 sailings per day in the fall,
winter, and spring and more in summer)
Tsawwassen - Duke Point (8 mi (13 km) south of Nanaimo)
Crossing time: 2 hours; 8 round trips daily.
Horseshoe Bay (12 mi (19 km) northwest of Vancouver) - Departure Bay (2
mi (3 km) north of Nanaimo)
Crossing time: 1 hour 35 minutes; Sailings every 2 hours with extra
sailings during the summer and holidays.
Powell River - Comox
Crossing time: 1 hour 20 minutes; 4 round trips daily.
Washington State Ferries:
Anacortes, Washington - Sidney
Crossing time: 3 hours (not counting stops in the San Juan Islands)
Black Ball Transport :
Port Angeles, Washington - Victoria
Crossing time: 1 hour 30 minutes; 1 or 2 round trips daily
In addition, there are three passenger-only ferry services from the
Mainland to Vancouver Island:
Victoria Clipper (Seattle, Washington - Victoria)
Crossing time: 2 hour 45 minutes; 1 to 3 round trips daily
Victoria Express (Port Angeles, Washington - Victoria)
Crossing time: 1 hour (operates May through September)
Victoria San Juan Cruises (Bellingham, Washington - Victoria)
Crossing time: 3 hours (operates one trip per day May through October)
There is one major north-south highway system on the island, which runs
along the eastern side. It begins as Highway 1 in Victoria, merging with
Highway 19 in Nanaimo, which terminates at Port Hardy. East-west routes
Highway 4 between Parksville and Tofino; Highway 14 between Greater Victoria and Port Renfrew; Highway 18 between Duncan and Youbou; and Highway 28 between Campbell River and Gold River. In addition, Highway 17 connects Victoria with the Saanich Peninsula,
terminating the Vancouver Island portion of its route at the Swartz Bay
Vancouver Island is well served by secondary routes, and a numerous
active and decommissioned logging and forest service roads provide
access into the back country.
Many communities are served by public transit. Greater Victoria is one
of the few places in North America where double-deck buses are used in
the regular public transit system.
Proposals have been made for a "fixed link" to the mainland for over a
century. Because of the extreme depth of the Georgia Strait and
potential seismic activity, a bridge or tunnel would face monumental
engineering, safety, and environmental challenges at a prohibitive cost.
Victoria International Airport
is the major airport on Vancouver Island.
In 2005, it was the 9th busiest airport in Canada in terms of passenger
movements (1,280,420). Five major carriers (Air Canada, Air Canada
Jazz, Horizon Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, and WestJet) offer a
variety of flights of short and medium distance including to and from
Seattle, Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto. The only other international
airport on the island, CFB Comox, offers direct flights to Puerto
Vallarta, Mexico, on a weekly basis.
Other smaller airports on Vancouver Island include Nanaimo harbour and
Campbell River. In 2008, WestJet starts direct flight three times per
week to Las Vegas, and United Airlines will begin direct flights to the
San Francisco Bay Area; these will be seasonal flights.
Floatplane and helicopter traffic to and from Victoria's inner harbour
accounts for approximately 300,000 additional passengers per year,
making it the second busiest airport on Vancouver Island. Much of the
floatplane traffic is downtown-to-downtown services from Victoria
harbour to Vancouver harbour or Nanaimo harbour, most of which is
carried by the operations Harbour Air, West Coast Air, and Baxter
Aviation. Harbour Air also flies to other areas around Vancouver. These
carriers make several daily scheduled flights, weather permitting.
Accommodations, Things to do, Places to go
Island Vacations Tourism Information Guide that has been designed to
assist all visitors vacationing on this beautiful island of ours. We
would like you to experience an enjoyable vacation..
For the camping enthusiasts there are over twenty provisional
campgrounds available and literally dozens of privately owned RV
parks on the island. Vancouver Island offers something for every one on vacation.
There are many outdoor experiences you will be able to enjoy, fishing,
golfing, horse back riding, parks you can trail walk and of course
grizzly and black
bear tours just to name a few activities..
Accommodations on Vancouver Island
We have hundreds of various types of
accommodations listed from Victoria to the top of the island Port
Hardy and every city and town in between on both the east and west
coasts to suit all budgets, tastes, needs and desires.
For instance there are bed & breakfasts,
cabins and cottages, campgrounds, condominiums, chalets, farms,
guest houses, hostels, hotels, houseboats, inns, lodges, motels,
resorts, rv parks and villas to suit all tourists.
We have made it as easy as we can for you,
just select the location you intend to visit and then select the
lodgings of your choice from all the listings It is easier to
look at the
vancouver Island map we have on the website so that you can plan
your trip making your bookings in advance. You may decide to
stay at a
water front inn or
bed and breakfast with the sound of the
waves lulling you to sleep, or a
vacation rental home that can
accommodate families or groups.
Activies on Vancouver Island
are more than 50
golf courses for the avid golfer to experience. Most of
these courses are set in the most beautiful surroundings near the sea,
by lakes or surrounded by great mountain ranges in evergreen forests.
Vancouver Island also can boast of having some of the
best championship courses.
Fishing charter guides who are ready to give you the Vancouver
Island Salmon and Halibut fishing charter experience of a lifetime!
Guides who know the waters here well and are ready and committed to
serve you individually, ensuring a personalized and rewarding fishing
charter. You may be fortunate enough to land a halibut , now that would
be a vacation to remember. It is all here at our front door. Unbelievable fishing on Vancouver
Island for those seeking the finest saltwater fishing getaway.
Grizzly bear watching
is always a tourist attraction at Knight Inlet about 80 kilometers
north of Campbell River. During a vacation on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, be sure to
book a whale watching tour to see whales, eagles, dolphins and other
is only minutes away from the Comox Valley and offers world class skiing, snowboarding and Nordic sports. In the summer season Mount
Washington is a hiking and mountain bike haven.
If you're looking for activities beyond alpine, all snowbound
tastes are catered for. Mount Washington provides guests with one of
the top-rated Nordic experiences in North America.
Get inspired by the province’s natural beauty and make plans for your next outdoor adventure.
Take advantage of the many recreation opportunities available across the diverse landscape of mountains, rivers, lakes and coastlines.
You will experience excitement and adventure on either a fishing or hunting trip. Vancouver Islands rugged wilderness, fresh lakes and rivers offering excellent opportunities for gaming and fishing enthusiasts.
Vancouver Island offers a host of exceptional recreation opportunities. While some of the island’s most spectacular recreation features are located in parks, many more recreation resources are found in the rugged backcountry.
Alternatively, if you are planning a more relaxed type sailing holiday and intend to explore the shores, bays and hundreds of inlets
surrounding Vancouver island, then you can also look forward to sun tanning,
beach combing, waterfalls, beautiful anchorages, great scenery, swimming,
hiking, photography and the many species of wildlife.
Desolation sound is extraordinarily beautiful sailing area with
many safe anchorages and beautiful locations… mountain waterfall and forest
lakes only minutes walk from snug anchorages. The waters are calm, sheltered and
warm. Desolation Sound is a world famous sailing destination or longer trips to
the many other marine parks like Princess Louisa, Toba Inlet, Bute
Inlet or the Broughton Archipelago.
INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS – 2016 & 2017British Columbia’s tourism industry had an exceptional year in 2016, with a total of 5,532,065 overnight international visitor arrivals to the province, including 3,620,975 visitors from the US, 1,200,481 from Asia Pacific, and 535,238 ......