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Getting to Vancouver Island - Vancouver or Washington?

Old Mar 19th, 2023, 06:47 PM
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Getting to Vancouver Island - Vancouver or Washington?

I want to go to Victoria and Vancouver Island, Iíll be renting a car so I need to take a ferry that carries vehicles. Which is the easiest port of departure? I can fly into Seattle or Vancouver.
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Old Mar 20th, 2023, 04:10 AM
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Limited ferries from Washington. Can you fly into Vancouver or Bellingham?
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Fly into Vancouver as the closest car ferry to Vancouver Island from Seattle is out in Port Angeles, which is a 2.5 hour drive away.

If you fly into Vancouver, the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal is a half hour drive south of the airport. That's the main ferry terminal that takes you over to Vancouver Island - both to the Swartz Bay terminal (the ferry terminal a half hour drive away from Victoria) as well as the Duke Point ferry terminal (the ferry terminal near Nanaimo, a two hour drive north of Victoria - the terminal you'd use if you want to venture further north up the island ot west toward Tofino/Ucluelet on the west coast of the island).

The Washington State ferries used to run a ferry from Anacortes (near Bellingham) to Sidney (a small seaside town a short drive away from Victoria), but they've cancellled it until 2030: https://www.vicnews.com/news/sidney-...rn-until-2030/

Alternatively, you can also just fly directly into Victoria on a connecting flight from Vancouver, saving you the ferry hassle factor.


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Old Mar 20th, 2023, 06:42 PM
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Thank you!
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BCRobyn your info is always great. I just wanted to add the Bellingham airport info because Southwest flies there and it can be cheaper for some US travellers and is a lot closer to ferries than Seattle. But Vancouver is more convenient for most trips. (Not a fan of getting through Seattle traffic)
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I honestly hadn’t thought about flying to Victoria, bypassing the ferry issue, thinking it would be very expensive. I ran some sample dates and it’s not bad at all. I could take Westjet to Calgary and continue on to a Victoria from there.

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Old Mar 21st, 2023, 07:00 PM
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Emmajm, I appreciate the mention of Bellingham. Alas, I don’t have nonstop service there.
If I were to make a connection, I’d opt for flying to Victoria.
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