Various ways to get to Vancouver Island

Explore Beautiful Vancouver Island - many ways to get there

BC Ferries Summer FUN

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BC Ferries

I will never forget my first encounter aboard BC Ferries, my husband and I having landed in Vancouver International Airport; as new immigrants, heading to Victoria our new home city. We excitedly boarded the Pacific Coast-Line bus at the airport with all our personal belongings in 4 suitcases and of course our cameras hanging from our necks. Approximately 40 minutes later we were on the ship.

BC Ferries

BC Ferries

The 90 minute experience for first-time passengers is sensational - from Tsawwassen terminal on the mainland to Swartz Bay on the island. After the initial quick investigation of available facilities; which include various food options (the best of which is the ocean dining experience); kids zone; gift shop; staterooms; and video arcade, we headed for the outer deck to breathe in the scenery.

Don't forget your camera

Peaceful scenery

The sight takes my breath away, even still - twelve years later and I have no doubt it will for years to come.

“You've gotta be here!"

If you are exploring vacation options, consider BC Ferries.

They offer a variety of packaged trips that include stunning scenery; only experienced from the water and an unforgettable holiday with tons of perfect pictures and wonderful memories.
 
US Ferries

The approach by ferry from either Seattle on the US Clipper, or from Port Angeles on the COHO, brings you gently into Victoria’s downtown inner harbour and from a distance you will notice the old English Architecture of historic structures, and warehouse style buildings along its wharf.

These buildings are occupied today by various businesses, restaurants, coffee-shops, art displays and souvenir shops.

Approaching the inner habour from the sea

Approaching Victoria Inner habour on a glorious day

The US Clipper is a popular high-speed, daily passenger-only ferry, carrying visitors between the Seattle’s waterfront and Victoria’s inner harbour. The 2-3 hour cruise through the Puget Sound and across the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a great way to observe the splendour of the passing scenery.

Adventure travellers can decide on the seasonal San Juan ferry ride; this takes you on a 3.5 hour via Deception Pass and on to San Juan Islands’ whale watching tours.  San Juan located in the Puget Sound is the largest in the Archipelago – a chain of 172 islands which are renowned for rocky cliffs, beautiful beaches, forests, and gorgeous scenery.

Orca Whales in the satraits of Juan de fuca

A whale playground

The most popular excursion is the whale watching day trip from downtown Seattle – film or video Orca whales, seals, and other wildlife and explore Friday Harbour before returning to Seattle. Turn a day-trip into a weekend getaway with a San Juan hotel vacation package. Overnight package deals offer an amazing opportunity for a quick getaway and an ideal photographic excursion.

 

Harbour & WestCoast Air - Floatplanes

Harbour Air float-plane

A quick sight-seeing flight between islands - bird's-eye view

If you want to experience the breath-taking views of this wonderful Province from a bird’s eye perspective then take a flightseeing adventure between various destinations on either Harbour or Westcoast Air.

They have many options and various schedules allowing passengers to select flights which carry you over high towering peaks or along incredibly ragged shorelines or arrive in style into a private dock at the world-renowned Butchart gardens; and the ability to customise your adventure.

Cruise Ships

As a fascinating port of call for Alaskan cruises, Victoria BC, welcomes hundreds of cruise ships annually. Victoria’s cruise ship season is between April to October which means passengers experience the best of our temperate climate.

Ogden Point Cruiseship Terminal

Late evening after a wonderful summer day's shore excution in Victoria

With less rainfall than both Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA, we are the ideal West Coast destination along your Alaskan journey.

Volunteeer meet and Greeters

A warm Victorian welcome to all our cruiseship passenger.

As a passenger, you will receive a warm “Victorian” welcome from Victoria’s Meet & Greet volunteers as you disembark your ship in the Ogden Point Terminal.

Walking down the gangway to Ogden Point you will find many amenities and transportation options. Every 20 minutes you can catch a round trip shuttle bus that quickly transports you and your family to downtown Victoria in less than ten minutes. Pedicabs, taxis, limos, tour and shuttle buses to major attractions and destinations, such as The Butchart Gardens, are also available.

Barb's Fish & Chips located at Fisherman's wharf

A "must visit" place - packed with atmosphere and ambiance - get the real feel of Victoria

If you prefer to get your legs moving after all those scrumtious meals onboard the cruiseship, Victoria’s scenic Inner Habour is a leisurely walk away.

 

Habour Ferry takes passengers from one side of the habour to the other

A fabulous Photo opportunity from various vantage points - Snap away from the waters of the Inner Harbour

From there you can hop aboard a Harbour Ferry for an aquatic tour of the bay, or continue your journey on foot.

Known to many as the City of Gardens, you will find an assortment of colours and fragrances enticing you to continue on your stroll to downtown or nearby parks.

Although a shore excursion provides you and your family with limited time in Victoria, you will quickly find an unlimited number of activities as sights to choose from. But be warned; Victoria will leave you wanting more!

 

HeliJet Terminal in Victoria

HeliJet Terminal in Victoria

Helijet

Helijet International is to be congratulated for their sustained success and for attaining an unbelievable business milestone, serving over 2,000,000 passengers.

Started in 1986, with a wisely conceived vision, a single helicopter, and a handful of enthusiastic employees, Helijet launched Canada's first scheduled helicopter service.

From that single helicopter, flying eight times a day between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria, Helijet has grown into an energetic publicly-traded company with operations in Richmond, Vancouver, Victoria, Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii. The Helijet fleet of 13 medium and large helicopters, as well as two medically-equipped Lear-jets, is maintained, flown and administered by a dedicated crew of over 100 employees.

You might like to take in some of the magnificent mountain scenery which British Columbia has to offers, and for this there is nothing better than a helicopter ride. Fly over the most beautiful cities and harbours in the world, and see them from a unique point of view high above the obstruction of traffic and buildings.

Victoria International Airport (YYJ)

Victoria International is located 25.9 km to the North of Victoria close to Sidney by the sea.  Many airlines operate to and from the airport: Air Canada Jazz, Air Canada, Horizon Air, Pacific Coastal, WestJet Airlines, Airspee flyng passengers across Canada. Victoria International now offers direct flights to some Western USA cities.

The airport has undergone a huge renovation, upgrading and refurbishing bringing the standard in line with passenger expectations.

There are Taxi services, Coach buses and Limousine moving people into and out of the City of Victoria, and the airporter shuttle service drops off and collects at most of the larger hotels in Victoria.



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