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Before you begin your travels on Vancouver Island, it’s important to take into consideration the following information. For travel updates in British Columbia, please visit Destination BC’s traveller resource guide here. For travel updates in Canada, please visit Destination Canada’s traveller resource guide.

Getting Here

You can travel to Vancouver Island two different ways: by air or by sea. In both cases, you’ll want to book ahead with the operator to ensure the most uninterrupted trip to the island.

Ferries to Vancouver Island in the summer can be particularly busy, resulting in sailing waits for those without reservations. If you can, it is highly recommended to book your ferry in advance by visiting

Learn more about the various ways of getting to Vancouver Island.


Welcome to the west coast! We often see all types of weather groups in a day. Weather can change quick and unexpectedly. Prepare for any weather event by packing layers, always carrying a jacket, and keeping an eye on the forecast before you head out.


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