Welcome to Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island is the largest island off
the west coast of North America. Tucked against the mainland coast of
British Columbia and the north shore of Washington State's Olympic
Peninsula, Vancouver Island occupies an area about the size of Holland.
It stretches 500 kilometers (320 miles) southeast to northwest with an
area of 3,175,000 hectares (9,493,171 acres) and 3,460.0896 kilometers
(2,150 miles) of coastline. It is separated from Vancouver, BC by the
Strait of Georgia to the east and from Washington State, by the Strait
of Juan de Fuca to the south and southeast. Vancouver Island is actually
closer to the United States than to mainland west coast Canada.
A mountainous spine with peaks rising to 7,200 feet runs the length of Vancouver Island, breaking into long mountain fjords on its west coast that cut deeply into the island. Alberni Inlet cuts more than halfway through the island, ending at the community of Port Alberni. Saanich Inlet, in the Victoria area, is one of the few fjord inlets on Vancouver Island's east coast. Along its southern half, the relief is so rugged that the Malahat Mountain section of the Island Highway climbs to an elevation of more than 335 metres (1,099 feet) above the inlet's waters.
The west coast of the island is mostly uninhabited, except for a sprinkling of small communities, notably Ucluelet and Tofino, located on either side of the world renowned Pacific Rim National Park. The open Pacific Ocean washes up against its shores. Pockets of sandy beach add to its rugged beauty and attract visitors from around the world. While Vancouver Islandís west coast is mostly uninhabited, the Islandís major settlements and roads are mainly clustered on its east coast, where the ocean is protected. Lush forests of large Douglas Fir and western red cedar thrive in the moderate, wet ocean climate across the Island.
Southern Vancouver Island
Vancouver International is a major hub for travelers from all around the globe. From Vancouver, you can connect to all transportation services operating to the Island and in and out of the Province. Visit the new web site for more information.
Several airlines operate daily connector flights to/from Victoria international Airport. The airport is approximately 10 miles north of the city proper so expect a $35 - $40 taxi fare. There is a hotel shuttle bus that leaves periodically throughout the day that will drop you at selected sites within the downtown area for around $13 CA. Limousine service is also available.
The Nanaimo Airport, located centrally on scenic Vancouver Island, is a thriving and modern air transportation gateway that offers an extensive range of amenities to the traveling public and the aviation industry.
Gateway to Nanaimo, British Columbia, with travel articles and photos.
http://www.gonanaimo.com Gateway to Nanaimo, British Columbia, with travel articles and photos.Nanaimo Hotels Motels -a travel and tourism directory for Nanaimo
BC Ferries Information
Telephone (250) 386-3431 or Message Line: (250) 656-0757 - Extensive ferry system linking the Lower Mainland with Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Hourly sailings in summer months, 7:00 am - 10:00 pm; odd hours in the winter months 7:00 am - 9:00 pm.
Telephone (250) 386-3431 or Message Line: (250) 656-0757 -
Extensive ferry system linking the Lower Mainland with Vancouver Island
and the Gulf Islands. Hourly sailings in summer months, 7:00 am - 10:00
pm; odd hours in the winter months 7:00 am - 9:00 pm.
Ferry traffic from Vancouver arrives at Swartz Bay which is at the opposite end of the peninsula and approximately 30 minutes from town. During peak summer periods, waits can be long for boarding so arrive well in advance. The trip from Seattle is just over 4 hours and from Vancouver, 1 hour and 35 minutes. It can take the better part of a day during the summer getting to the ferry, crossing the strait and arriving at your accommodations in Victoria. Alternately, the ferry from Horseshoe Bay, north of Vancouver, sails to Departure Bay in Nanaimo.
You can also park and ride as secure parking is available in Seattle, Vancouver and Port Angeles. Victoria has an excellent public transit system along with taxi and limousine services. Each sailing from Vancouver also has motor coach service by Pacific Coach Lines available for downtown Vancouver terminal boarding , connections from Vancouver International Airport or for walk on traffic to get into Victoria. Victoria Terminal can be reached at 604-385-4411 and Vancouver at 604-662-8074.
connections to/from the Gulf Islands are available from the Tsawwassen
(Vancouver) terminal as well as Swartz Bay (Sidney/Victoria) terminal.
Ferry service also runs from Horseshoe Bay in North Vancouver to Nanaimo as well as from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo.
Telephone -1-800-888-2535 or (206) 448-5000 or (250) 382-8100 - Jetfoil service Seattle to Victoria and return. Passenger only vessels. The voyage is 2-3 hours depending . Seattle's Pier 69 to Victoria's Inner Harbour.
The Coho - Port
Angeles, WA to Victoria Ferry
The Coho - Telephone (250) 386-2202 or (206) 457-4491 - daily sailings between Port Angeles and Victoria Harbour.
Telephone 1-800-633-1589 or Victoria (250) 361-9144 or Port Angeles (360) 452-8088 - Daily passenger service between Port Angeles and Victoria's Inner Harbour during peak season.
Washington State Ferry
Telephone (250) 381-1551 or (250) 656-1531 In Washington State call (206) 464-6400 or 1-800-84-FERRY. Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC (17 miles northeast of Victoria) 1 sailing daily. Minimum of 2 during summer months.
Telephone 1-800-443-4552 or (206) 738-8099 - Daily passenger service from Bellingham, Washington to Victoria's Inner Harbour. 1 sailing per day May 11 to October 6, 2002.
Air Canada - Air BC
Alaska Air - Horizon Air
Telephone 1-800-547-9308 - 7 flights daily between Seattle and Victoria Airports
Harbour Air - Daily Regularly scheduled Float Plane service to Nanaimo from Vancouver Harbour.
Telephone Vancouver: (604) 273-1414; Victoria (250) 382-6222 - 22 flights daily between Vancouver and Victoria Downtown to Downtown. Flights now to and from Boeing Field in Seattle.
North Vancouver Air
Telephone 1-800-228-6608 or (604) 278-1608 - Regularly scheduled flights to Vancouver, Whistler, Tofino, Campbell River and Powell River.
Telephone 1-800-543-9595 or (206) 486-1257 - 3 flights daily between Seattle and Victoria Harbour, with more flights during the summer high season.
Telephone 1-800-690-0086 or 425-277-1590 - Floatplane and land plane service between the Seattle area and locations throughout Vancouver Island, and Western British Columbia.
Pacific Coach Lines - Transportation to/from Vancouver downtown, Vancouver Cruise Ship Terminal and Vancouver International Airport and Nanaimo. 1-800-661-1725
West Coast Air - Vancouver to Victoria Harbour Float plane service.
www.shawniganlakebeachresort.com -Shawnigan Lake Beach Resort - Lakefront family resort on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
tourworld.com Canada's Vacation Guide Since 1996.
VIA RAIL Canada Inc. 1-800-385-8630 (Canada) 1-800-561-3949 (USA)
Island Coachlines - (250) 385-4411
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