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How To Get To Vancouver Island

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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Flying to Vancouver Island

Find The Right Vancouver Island Airport For Your Travel Needs

Daily flights to and from Calgary and Edmonton bring visitors directly to Victoria (YYJ), Comox (YQQ) and Nanaimo (YCD) (Calgary only), while scheduled and chartered connections provide quick access to many of the Island’s communities including Qualicum Beach (XCU), Tofino (YAZ), Port Alberni (YPB), Campbell River (YBL), Alert Bay (YAL) and Port Hardy (YZT).

Vancouver Island’s 3,340 km (2,137 miles) of coastline and nearly 10,000 lakes make it possible for a floatplane to land in a number of remote locations, providing a unique experience to get to an Island destination, or choose a commercial helicopter flight from Vancouver to Victoria or Nanaimo. Flights typically take 20 – 35 minutes each way, and chartered helicopter flights are a popular option to reach some of the more remote regions of Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands.


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…

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Journeys Begin at Comox Valley Airport - YQQ. Daily direct flights from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton on Air Canada, WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines provide quick and convenient access to the best of Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley Airport is located mid-island, providing convenient access to many of the spectacular destinations Vancouver…

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Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is your Island gateway to the world. We are conveniently located on Highway 1, 18km south of downtown Nanaimo and 35km north of Duncan. We feature direct Air Canada and Westjet flights to Vancouver, Calgary and seasonally to Toronto. Airport shuttles and taxis connect the city with the airport, and…

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Experience the shortcut and the scenic route with Harbour Air! Offering fast, frequent scheduled flight, scenic panorama tours and packages, and customizable private charter flights. Fly between downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR) and Victoria, Nanaimo, Tofino, Maple Bay, Comox, Salt Spring Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Whistler.

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