Our Tours Depart from Quadra Island, BC, Canada
Vancouver Island is accessed from mainland British Columbia and Washington State in the U.S. by ferry service or flights. If you are driving from Seattle, allow the full day to get to our area.
Vancouver’s two ferry terminals are approximately 3 hours drive from Seattle.
From Vancouver, ferries go to Victoria or Nanaimo. If you are traveling from south of Vancouver take the Tsawwassen – Nanaimo route. If you are coming through Vancouver take the Horseshoe Bay – Nanaimo route. Travelers from the USA can also take ferries from Anacortes, Port Angeles and the Seattle area to Victoria on the south end of the island. Campbell River is 166 miles (265km) North of Victoria on Hwy 19 and approximately a 4 hour drive from Victoria or 2 hrs from Nanaimo.
Campbell River is centrally located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, 95 miles (153 km) north of Nanaimo on Highway 19 and 166 miles (265 km) north of Victoria on Highway 19. Campbell River Regional Airport (YBL) is approximately 40 minutes from Vancouver by air and 1.5 hours from Lake Union (Seattle). Quadra Island is a 10 minute ferry ride from Campbell River.
BC Ferries provides year round vehicle and walk-on ferry service.
There are 3 options for ferry routes to the island. Check Schedules:
BC Ferries info can be found on their BC Ferries Website – Wireless Friendly, or contacted by calling 1-888-223-3779 within the province, and outside of BC at 1-250-386-3431.
From the USA
Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, BC
The MV Coho: car and walk-on ferry runs year round except for a brief mid-winter maintenance www.cohoferry.com
Anacortes , WA to Victoria BC:
Year round vehicle and passenger ferry. Sailing time approx. 3 hrs. Departs Anacortes at 8am and Sidney, BC at 12noon. 1-206-464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977 www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/
Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC (Victoria Clipper):
Passenger only, offers year-round walk-on service. 1-800-888-2535 www.clippervacations.com
Air Travel To Vancouver Island
Pacific Coastal Air
Flies from Vancouver to Campbell River or Port Hardy. 1-800-663-2872 or 1-604-273-8666http://www.pacific-coastal.com
Central Mountain Air
Flies from Vancouver to Campbell River or Comox. 1-888-865-8585 or www.flycma.com. They have the latest flight departing Campbell River for Vancouver if you must make it back to Vancouver the day your trip returns.
Offers flights from across Canada or Seattle to Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Victoria. 1-888-247-2262 (in Canada) or 1 800 776-3000 (in US) http://www.aircanada.com/. If you are going to fly with Air Canada, book your flight online at www.offsetters.com and they will offset a portion of the carbon emitted by your flight at no charge to you.
Flies between Calgary, Alberta and Comox (a town 45 minutes south of Campbell River). If flying into Comox we have an additional information page on options for traveling north; please contact our office for this page. 1-888-937-8538 www.westjet.com.
Flights from Seattle to Vancouver. 1-800-665-4354 http://www.helijet.com
Offers floatplane flights from Seattle to Campbell River or Heriot Bay (on Quadra Island), and Port Hardy (for those joining our Mothership tours). 1- 866-435-9524 http://www.kenmoreair.com.
Bus Service To Vancouver Island
From Vancouver to Campbell River/Port McNeill:
Vancouver Airport Shuttle
Transport between downtown bus terminal and Airport. Leaves every hour. $13 one way. 1-800-668-3141 or 1-694-946-8866 www.yvrairporter.com .
Vancouver to the Island. Buses depart downtown Vancouver 5:45am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:00pm (Sat. only), 6:00pm. approx. $46CAD one way. 1-800-661-8747 www.greyhound.ca .
Islandlink Bus Services
Provides shuttle bus service between a number of Lower Mainland destinations and Vancouver Island/Campbell River, including Abbotsford, the Vancouver Airport, Whistler and the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Visit their website for up-to-date schedules and booking information. 1-250-954-8257 or 1-604-970-4990. www.islandlinkbus.com .
From Seattle to Victoria or Vancouver:
Quick Shuttle Service
Provides regular transportation between Seattle and Vancouver, from airports to city centres. $43CAD one way. from Seattle airport to down town Vancouver. 1-800-665-2122.
Grayline of Seattle
From Seattle Airport to downtown Seattle (to meet ferry to Victoria). 1-206-624-507.
Service between downtown Seattle and downtown Vancouver. 1-800-231-2222
Bellingham Airporter Service
Service between Seattle Airport and Anacortes Ferry (to Victoria). 1-800-423-4219.
Bus Service On Vancouver Island
From Victoria to Campbell River/Port McNeill:
Island Coach Lines
Services the whole island. Four to five buses per day to Campbell River ( 5:30am, 9:15am, 1:45pm and 7:20am). One bus per day to Port McNeill. Bus to Port McNeill leaves Victoria at 5:30am, and Campbell River at 12:15pm. 1-888-318-0818 or 1-250-385-4411 www.greyhound.ca.
Islandlink Bus Services
Provides shuttle bus service between a number of Vancouver Island destinations and Campbell River, including Victoria, Nanaimo, Tofino and Courtenay/Comox. Visit their website for up-to-date schedules and booking information. 1-250-954-8257 or 1-604-970-4990 www.islandlinkbus.com.
From Port Hardy Airport to Port McNeill:
Port McNeill Airport Shuttle
Transport between Port Hardy airport to Port McNeill (Broughton Tour). 1-250-956-8294.
Car Rental Service
Rent a Wreck
(From Campbell River only) 1-800-327-0116 www.rentawreck.ca