Travel Insurance






How to Get There

The following information page is designed to assist you in your travel plans in getting to Vancouver Island and to your specific expedition embarkation point. Our multi-day sea kayaking adventures require that you arrive to the point of embarkation for the evening prior to the departure date. Included in your pre-trip information package (mailed to you upon receipt of your deposit for the tour you've booked) is a listing of accommodation suggestions for the town in which your trip originates. Accommodation reservations should be made well in advance as they can sell out quickly in the summer months.

If you are requiring accommodations at other Vancouver Island or mainland British Columbia destinations, prior to, or after, your trip with us, we suggest you visit the Tourism British Columbia website. TOURISM BRITISH COLUMBIA is available to travelers to assist in accommodation bookings, and to provide other visitor services and activities information.
Call toll free in North America at 1-800-663-6000

VISITOR TO CANADA INFORMATION

For information on visitor to Canada Visa and personal identification requirements, visit the CANADA CUSTOMS website for complete details.

Persons under the age of 18 travelling with one parent may require a notarized letter signed by the other parentproviding permission to travel. If the traveller does not possess the required documentation, airline carriers reserve the right to refuse the boarding of flights and Canada Customs may refuse entry into the Country. We strongly recommend you contact your travel agent and / or airline to inquire into proof of citizenship requirements, well in advance of your airline departure date.

VANCOUVER ISLAND HIGHWAY DISTANCES

Victoria to Nanaimo - 111 km (69 miles) - approx. 1 hr. 30 min. drive
Nanaimo to Tofino - 206 km (128 miles) - approx. 3 hr. drive
Nanaimo to Ucluelet - 180 km (112 miles) - approx 2 hr. 30 min drive
Nanaimo to Port McNeill - 352 km (219 miles) - approx. 4 hr. drive
Nanaimo to Zeballos - 289 km (180 miles) - approx. 4 hr. drive

Map of Vancouver Island

FERRY SERVICE TO VANCOUVER ISLAND

Between Vancouver, British Columbia and Vancouver Island

BRITISH COLUMBIA FERRY CORPORATION (BC Ferries)
Provides year round vehicle and walk-on ferry service between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Visit their website for rates, schedules, and reservation information on service from Vancouver, BC to Nanaimo and Victoria on the Island.


BC Ferries can also be contacted anywhere in the province by calling 1-888-223-3779, and outside of British Columbia at (250) 386-3431.

Between Washington State and Vancouver Island

Ferries connect Seattle, Port Angeles, Bellingham and Anacortes in Washington State with Vancouver Island, BC.

For travel from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State:

VICTORIA EXPRESS
The passenger-only ferry runs between Port Angeles, WA and Victoria, BC during the late spring, summer, and early fall.

Toll Free Telephone Reservations: 1-800-663-1589

MV COHO
This car and walk-on ferry runs between Port Angeles, WA and Victoria, BC except for a brief mid-winter maintenance period.

 

Between Seattle, WA and Victoria, BC

VICTORIA CLIPPER
Offers year-round walk-on service.

Telephone: 1-800-888-2535

Between Anacortes, WA and Sydney (Victoria) BC

WASHINGTON STATE FERRY SYSTEM
Provides year-round car and walk-on service.
Service is also provided from Orcas Island and Friday Harbour (San Juan Island) to Sydney (Victoria), and from Sydney to Friday Harbour. Sydney, BC is a few miles north of Victoria, with easy access.

Telephone: 1-800-843-3779 or (206) 464-6400

Between Bellingham, WA and Victoria, BC

VICTORIA ~ SAN JUAN CRUISES
Offers seasonal walk-on service.

 


AIRLINES SERVING VANCOUVER ISLAND

Major airlines have frequent scheduled flights from Vancouver, BC and
Seattle, WA directly to Victoria International Airport and also connect with other Island communities like Nanaimo, Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River and Port Hardy.

AIR CANADA / AIR BC
Offers flights daily from Vancouver International to Victoria, Nanaimo, and Campbell River.

Telephone: 1-800-663-3721

HORIZON AIRLINES
Flights from Seattle, WA to Victoria on Vancouver Island.

Telephone Toll Free: 1-800-547-9308

NORTH VANCOUVER AIR
Services Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island daily from Vancouver, BC.

Telephone: 1-800-228-6608 or (604) 278-1608

NORTHWEST SEAPLANES INC.
Float plane and twin engine service on a daily basis from Seattle, WA to Tofino, Ucluelet, and Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.

Telephone: 1-800-690-0086 or (425) 277-1590

PACIFIC COASTAL AIR
Service from Vancouver, BC to Port Hardy, BC.

Telephone: 1-800-663-2872 or (604) 273-8666

KENMORE AIR
Flights from Seattle, WA to Port McNeill, BC.

Telephone: 1-800-543-9595

WEST JET
Flights from Vancouver, BC and other major Canadian cities to Victoria and Comox on Vancouver Island.

Telephone Toll Free: 1-800-538-5696

SOUND FLIGHT
Offers scheduled and charter air service from Renton, WA to Vancouver Island destinations of Nanaimo, Tofino, Ucluelet, and Port McNeill.
Ground transfers available between Seattle Sea-Tac airport and the Renton airport.

Telephone Toll Free: 1-800-825-0722

For complete information on inbound airlines servicing Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo, please visit the following airport websites.

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

 

BUS SERVICE TO VANCOUVER ISLAND

GREYHOUND
Provides service between Vancouver, BC and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Telephone Toll Free: 1-800-661-8747
In Vancouver: (604) 482-8742.

PACIFIC COACH LINES
Offers coach service from Vancouver via BC Ferries to downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island.
Pick up is from various locations in Vancouver, including downtown, Vancouver International Airport, and major hotels.

Telephone Toll Free: 1-800-661-1725
In Victoria: (250) 385-4411
In Vancouver: (604) 662-8074.

LAIDLAW COACH LINES
Provides scheduled motor coach service throughout Vancouver Island. For schedules and information;

Telephone Toll Free: 1-800-318-0818
In Nanaimo: (250) 753-4371.

 

BUS SERVICE FROM SEATTLE TO VANCOUVER

QUICK SHUTTLE SERVICE
Provides shuttle service daily to Vancouver, BC, from Seattle Tacoma Airport, downtown Seattle, WA, Everett, WA, and Bellingham, WA airport.

Telephone Toll Free: 1-800-665-2122
In Vancouver: (604) 940-4428

 

RAIL SERVICE ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

VIA RAIL'S E & N RAILINER
A relaxing and romantic way to visit many of Vancouver Island's charming communities. The E & N Railiner travels daily from Victoria along the east coast of Vancouver Island, through Nanaimo and on to Courtenay.
Unlimited stopover privileges allow you to spend time visiting places such as the COWICHAN NATIVE VILLAGE in Duncan. For more information contact VIA Rail.

Telephone Toll Free: 1-800-561-8630

 

VEHICLE RENTALS AVAILABLE AT AIRPORTS

SEATTLE, WA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On-Site Counter and Vehicles

ALAMO
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BUDGET
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NATIONAL

 

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On-Site Counter and Vehicles

AVIS
ALAMO
BUDGET
HERTZ
NATIONAL
THRIFTY

 

VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On-Site Counter and Vehicles

AVIS
ALAMO
BUDGET
HERTZ
NATIONAL

 

NANAIMO AIRPORT
On-Site Counter and Vehicles

AVIS
BUDGET
NATIONAL