Vancouver Island is a 460km (285 mile) island paradise located in the Pacific Ocean, about 97km (60 miles) west of Vancouver, and 117km (73 miles) north of Seattle. Explore the thousands of kilometers of roads and highways on the Island, between Port Hardy in the north and Victoria in the south, and Tofino to the west and Campbell River to the east. Bring your car, truck, RV, bicycle, or motorbike on one of the available ferry services, or fly in and rent a vehicle to explore the abundance of activities taking place in the local communities.
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Driving Vancouver Island
Rent a car, truck, RV, or motorcycle, or bring your own vehicle to cruise the Island’s highways as you explore the different communities, sampling excellent foods and enjoying local activities. The drive from Victoria to Port Hardy takes approximately 5.5 hours, and offers smooth roads and safe travel.
The Old Island Highway, also known as the Oceanside Route, runs parallel to the Island’s shores and features fantastic views of the Salish Sea. This scenic route crosses through the communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Fanny Bay, Union Bay, Royston, Black Creek, Oyster River, and Campbell River.
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Take your foot off the accelerator and explore Vancouver Island’s spectacular backcountry via secondary and active logging roads. Take care when driving these sometimes rugged and potholed routes; please check with local Visitor Centres for maps and information about logging road closures, conditions, and hazards. In the winter months, chains or winter tires might be necessary in higher altitudes.