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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

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

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.

Nanaimo Airport

3350 Spitfire Rd. Cassidy, BC V0R 1H0 • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, Pacific Rim
250-924-2157

For quick and easy international connections from anywhere in the world, Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is located just 18 kilometers south of downtown Nanaimo and is the gateway to Central Vancouver Island. This busy modern airport is home to three air carriers - Air Canada, WestJet & Island Express and offers 7 daily…

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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 fun and memorable things to do only 5 minutes from Victoria International Airport and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. Sidney features…

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Harbour Air Seaplanes

950 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3 • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, North Central Island, South Island
1-800-665-0212

Harbour Air Seaplanes offers fast, frequent flights between BC’s most popular coastal destinations 364 days a year. Fly between downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR), Pitt Meadows and Victoria, Nanaimo, Maple Bay, Comox, Salt Spring Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Whistler. Scenic tours show off our waterfront cities, majestic mountain ranges…

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Kenmore Air

950 Westlake Ave North, Seattle, WA USA 98109 • Central Island, Gulf Islands, North Island Region, South Island
866-435-9524

Getaway to Victoria from Seattle! It is just a 45-minute scenic seaplane flight between from Seattle and the Victoria Inner Harbour. No long boat rides or waiting at the border.... Fast, Convenient and Stress-free! Seasonal flights are also available between Seattle and over 40 BC locations, including Nanaimo, Campbell River…

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Helijet

100 Port Way, Nanaimo BC V9R 0C7 • Central Island, North Central Island, Pacific Rim, South Island
1.800665.4354

Since 1986, Helijet has been connecting Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland with daily schedule Helicopter service. Flying in our comfortable Sikorsky S76 helicopter it is just 18 minutes between Nanaimo Harbour and Downtown Vancouver or 35 minutes from Victoria Harbour to Downtown Vancouver, spend less time getting there…

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Comox Valley Airport

118-1250 Knight Road, Comox, British Columbia, V9M 4H2 • North Central Island
250-890-0829

Flying to Vancouver Island is a breeze when you fly through the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). YQQ is a premier Vancouver Island airport and the best and most convenient way to access this beautiful island. YQQ offers daily non-stop flights with Air Canada, Pacific Coastal Airlines and WestJet.

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Pacific Coastal Airlines

4440 Cowley Crescent, Richmond BC V7B 1B8 • Central Island, North Central Island, North Island Region, Pacific Rim, South Island
1-800-663-2872

Connecting Vancouver Island and mainland BC. Non-stop service from Vancouver to Port Hardy, Campbell River, Comox, Tofino, and Victoria. Also non-stop service from Victoria to Prince George and Kelowna. #FlyPCA

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