Ferry Service on Vancouver Island
Ferry service within British Columbia.
BC Ferries provides vehicle and passenger ferry service between Vancouver (Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay, south and north of the city respectively) and Vancouver Island (Swartz Bay near Victoria and the Nanaimo terminals at Duke Point and Departure Bay). One of the largest ferry operators in the world, transporting over 20 million passenger in 2011/2012, BC Ferries also provides year-round connections between various Island communities and the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, Haida Gwaii, and mainland northern BC. Travel from Comox to Powell River on the mainland, or between the Island and the northern Gulf Islands of Denman, Hornby, Quadra and Cortes. Vessels can accommodate cars, RVs, trucks, buses, and bikes. On-board services on the Vancouver runs to Victoria and Nanaimo include cafeterias, buffet dining, gift shops and exclusive lounges. BC Ferries has a fleet of 35 vessels serving 25 routes and 47 terminals.
Ferry service from Washington State
Black Ball Ferry Line’s MV Coho delivers cars and passengers year-round to Victoria’s Inner Harbour from Port Angeles. Victoria is also the departure point for passenger-only Clipper runs to Seattle. Washington State Ferries offers car ferry service between Sidney and Anacortes in spring, summer and fall.
Discover the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada with Clipper Vacations
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 year-round transportation, hotel packages and group travel. The high-speed Victoria Clipper ferries transport passengers from Pier 69 in downtown Seattle to Victoria’s Inner Harbour in less than three hours, allowing passengers to enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains, the Washington coastline and islands. The Victoria Clipper vessels can accommodate pets, bicycles and cargo. On board the ferries there is a gift shop with smart apparel, traveler needs and local duty free item, as well as food and beverages so you can enjoy a snack or light meal during your journey. Clipper Vacations also provides connections via car, motor coach, train and airplane to a variety of picturesque and popular destinations around the area, such as Vancouver, Portland, the Canadian Rockies and Whistler.
Explore All Vancouver Island has to Offer
Rent a car to travel “Up Island” to explore all of Vancouver Island has to offer. Pamper yourself with a relaxing stay at Tigh Na Mara, which is located on 22 acres of forest next to the ocean. In addition to fabulous grounds, the hotel features a Grotto spa complete with a whirlpool, sauna and a warm water mineral pool. If you are feeling adventurous, trek through the Horne Lake Caves in Parkville, visit Hot Springs Cove in Tofino or fish in Campbell River, which is the salmon capital of the world. Likewise, you can learn more about the wildlife found on Vancouver Island by paying a visit to the Pacific Northwest Raptors Visitors Center or the Shaw Ocean Discovery Center, which focus on raising awareness for birds of prey and ocean ecosystem, respectively, and provide interactive exhibits for kids.
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!
BC Ferries Vacations
BC Ferries Vacations™ connects you with Vancouver Island’s world-class destinations and provides unique vacation experiences to the avid traveller. Offering several packages for one and two-nights or longer, BC Ferries Vacations™ travel experts have hand-picked the best accommodations and activities and packaged them with the ferry travel to bring you all-in-one convenience, quality and value. The best way to experience the wonders of Vancouver Island is with one of BC Ferries Vacations’™ unique and unforgettable vacation packages.
If you’re seeking an urban getaway with renowned dining and shopping experiences, be sure to take some time to explore Victoria, the capital of B.C. and the largest city on Vancouver Island. Located on the charming harbour front, downtown Victoria boasts the second most restaurants per capita of any other city in North America, BC’s historic Parliament Buildings and the largest Chinatown in Canada. When planning your next visit, be sure to ask about our great offers at the Inn at Laurel Point – located minutes away from the Inner Harbour and downtown – memorable experiences are waiting around every corner in Victoria BC.
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the west coast surf or just watch it crash onto the rocky shoreline from the comfort of your room, the coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet can’t be beat. During storm watching season, swells that travel across the Pacific and pound the shores of Tofino and Ucluelet reach up to 6 metres in height and an average of 10 – 15 storms hit per month. Located in the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino and Ucluelet are world-renowned by surfers, nature-lovers and storm watchers alike. If you are looking for great place to watch the wild west coast weather unfold, book a BC Ferries Vacations™ at the Cox Bay Beach Resort in Tofino or the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet.
Family friendly activities abound in the seaside town of Parksville, centrally located on the East Coast of Vancouver Island. A beachcomber’s paradise, the sandy shore stretches as far as the eye can see and visitors can spend hours exploring Rathtrevor Beach. From Parksville’s annual sandcastle building competition to the Treasure Island themed 36-hole mini-golf course, there’s always something to keep kids (and parents) of all ages entertained. For the best family-friendly offer, ask about our packages at the Beach Club Resort, Parksville.
Vancouver Island is home to several award winning spas and boasts numerous spa getaways for those looking for a luxurious and relaxing weekend away. From the trendy, harbour city of Victoria to the relaxing island style of the Gulf Islands, a spa vacation with your friends couldn’t be easier to find. If you are looking to recharge with a laid back beach getaway, ask about our packages in Courtenay at the luxurious Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa.
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To see what diverse and exciting packages BC Ferries Vacations™ has to offer across Vancouver Island, be sure to contact us and request a vacation package quote or a customized itinerary for the vacation of your choice.