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.
British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) is one of the largest ferry operators in the world, providing year-round vehicle and passenger service on 25 routes to 47 terminals, with a fleet of 35 vessels. The company provides an essential transportation link that connects coastal communities and facilitates the movement of people, goods and services throughout coastal British Columbia. BC Ferries has a several appetizing dining options available onboard that vary from one vessel to the next.
BC Ferries’ diverse service area includes connections between the Vancouver Mainland and Vancouver Island; from Vancouver Island or the Vancouver Mainland to many small island communities; from Prince Rupert on the province’s north coast to Haidai Gwaii and to Port Hardy.
Black Ball Ferry Line
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, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas. Year round daily service is provided. Take advantage of our convenient route and exclusive package deals with fantastic savings by making your ferry, hotel and attraction bookings online at www.CohoFerry.com. Our Captain and Crew look forward to welcoming you on board the ship!