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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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Ferry Service to Vancouver Island
There are three ferry services available to bring visitors to Vancouver Island from Washington state: The Coho Ferry provides daily service between downtown Victoria and Port Angeles; the Anacortes ferry, operated by the Washington Department of Transportation, connects Sidney with Anacortes; and a passenger-only catamaran service from Clipper Navigation runs between Victoria and Seattle.

BC Ferries, the main connection between Vancouver Island and the mainland as well as the surrounding Gulf Island communities, offers regular (typically hourly) service between BC destinations. Leave Vancouver from Horseshoe Bay or Tsawwassen to arrive in Victoria or Nanaimo, or enjoy a one-day scenic cruise through the Inside Passage between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy.


Clipper Vacations

2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69, Seattle, WA 98121 • South Island
1-800-888-2535
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Clipper Vacations is a locally owned, full-service travel provider based in Seattle, WA. Since 1986, we have been your experts for travel in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering transportation, hotel packages and group travel. The Victoria Clipper ferry operates between Seattle and Victoria, with service to the San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor. In addition, there are opportunities to travel to a variety of picturesque and popular destinations around the area, such as Vancouver, Portland, the Canadian Rockies, Whistler and Vancouver Island. No matter kind of vacation you desire, Clipper Vacations has something for you!
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Clipper Vacations is a locally owned, full-service travel provider based in Seattle, WA. Since 1986, we have been your experts for travel in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering… [+]

Black Ball Ferry Line

430 Belleville Street • South Island
250-386-2202
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Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. During the 90 minute crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas. Year round daily service is provided. Save big by booking a ferry and hotel stay with our exclusive package deals! In addition to our great prices at the region’s favorite hotels, we’ll pay your reservation fee for a guaranteed space on your desired sailing time when you book a package. Book online at www.CohoFerry.com or by phone at 1-877-386-2202. Our Captain and Crew look forward to welcoming you on board the ship!
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Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. During the 90… [+]

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

1155 Resort Drive, Parksville BC V9P 2E3 • Central Island
1-800-663-7373
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Reconnect with nature, family, friends and self. Discover Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Vancouver Island’s Natural Choice for your next getaway, retreat or corporate event. Located in picturesque Parksville, BC, Tigh-Na-Mara provides rustic charm in the heart of nature. Experience the comfort of 192 handcrafted guestrooms, the convenience of unique restaurants, the Grotto Spa, voted the #1 Spa in Canada and enjoy our 22 forested acres beside the ocean. The resort also features, over 10,000 sq ft of meeting space, free WiFi, parking, indoor pool, fitness facilities, recreation program, 3 kms of sandy beach with the warmest swimming waters in Canada. Explore the abundance of outdoor activities at our doorstep and close by. Experience Tigh-Na-Mara, Vancouver Island's Natural Choice!
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Reconnect with nature, family, friends and self. Discover Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Vancouver Island’s Natural Choice for your next getaway, retreat or corporate event. Located in picturesque Parksville,… [+]

Prince of Whales Whale Watching

812 Wharf Street · Victoria BC V8W 1T3 • South Island
1-250-383-4884
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Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with guests from around the world for more than 20 years! With locations in both Victoria & Vancouver, we offer a wide variety of marine wildlife experiences that range from three hours long to a half-day. We also offer whale watching connections between the two cities and exclusive full-day packages including private entrance to The Butchart Gardens. Our floating classrooms serve as a premium platform for provoking thought & educating guests who are naturally curious about killer whales & the other wild creatures that call the Salish Sea home. Our goal is to introduce you to as many marine species as possible on each tour and to leave you feeling inspired after every encounter.
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Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with guests from around the world for more than 20 years! With locations in both Victoria &… [+]

BC Ferries

1010 Canada Pl Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 0B9 • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, North Central Island, North Island Region, Pacific Rim, South Island
1-888-BC FERRY (888-223-3779)
From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, serving 47 terminals across 25 routes, including three connecting Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Explore the South Coast or embark on a cruise up the famed Inside Passage. Visit bcferries.com for travel deals and itinerary suggestions.
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From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through… [+]

Sidney by The Sea, Gateway to Vancouver Island

Downtown Sidney. BC • South Island
250-893-0093
Welcome to Sidney by the Sea. Nestled on the edge of the Salish Sea, with spectacular views of the Gulf Islands and Mount Baker, Sidney offers a fascinating array of fun and memorable things to do only 5 minutes from Victoria International Airport and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. Sidney features some of the best attractions on Vancouver Island: an interactive aquarium, a historical museum, an aviation museum, and a seaside sculpture walk. Visit our website and start planning your trip today!
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Welcome to Sidney by the Sea. Nestled on the edge of the Salish Sea, with spectacular views of the Gulf Islands and Mount Baker, Sidney offers a fascinating array of… [+]