Nanaimo to Cape Scott.
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Visitors come from around the world to enjoy native culture, and to experience Alert Bay's friendly community, the quiet magnificence of its scenery and some of the best salt-water fishing in BC.
Take the Inland Island Highway north to Port McNeill, passing Campbell River and Sayward. From Port McNeill there is a Tri-Island ferry running to Alert Bay and Sointula. Daily flights run from Vancouver to Port Hardy, a limousine service is available to Port McNeill; connections are made via ferry to Alert Bay. Scheduled bus services depart daily from all points on Vancouver Island.
Located in the heart of Canada's Pacific Rim National Park, Bamfield's parkland is like none other in the world. Whether you fish or hike, beach comb or bird watch, there is an adventure for you!
From Nanaimo, travel North along Hwy 19 before turning off onto Hwy 4 at Exit 60. Travel down Hwy 4 for 28.9 Km, then turn left onto the 90 Km of well maintained logging road that will take you to Bamfield (about 2 hr 40 min). If you are travelling from Victoria, travel North along the Trans Canada Hwy, turning left onto Hwy 18. Follow Hwy 18 for 20 Km before turning right onto the 106 Km of logging road, which will complete your journey (about 3 hr 25 min).
Campbell River features many of the amenities of a big city without sacrificing its friendly small-town character. Long known for legendary salmon fishing by generations of anglers, Campbell River has grown into a multi-faceted travel destination.
It is a 1.5 hour drive north from Nanaimo on the new Inland Island Highway and 2.5 hours north from Victoria. Daily flights are available from Vancouver International Airport. Car rental companies are stationed at the airport. Floatplane and helicopter services are also available. Scheduled busses travel to Campbell River from Vancouver and Victoria.
Explore Comox's incredible surroundings and unique urban centres. Cast a line for your supper, paddle down pristine rivers, or hike and ski the alpine heights.
Comox is a one hour drive north from Nanaimo on the Inland Island Highway. Comox has an airport; flights are available to Vancouver or Calgary and scheduled busses travel to all points on the island.
Cortes Island boasts a small community with a big spirit - there is always an activity, whether boating or touring, to get involved in.
From Nanaimo, drive north on the Inland Island Highway to Campbell River. Take the ferry to Quadra Island. From Quadra Island another ferry will take you to Cortes Island. A water taxi can be hired from Campbell River. Floatplanes fly directly to Cortes.
From the snow capped mountains to the salty sea, time spent in Courtenay is the stuff memories are made of. Whether you want a vacation filled with outdoor adventure, relaxation, celebration or urban cultural pursuits, you'll find it here!
From Nanaimo, travel North along Hwy 19 until you take exit 117 to Cumberland/Courtenay/Comox. Bear right at Comox Valley Pky, then turn left at Hwy 19A/Cliffe Avenue (about 1 hr 23 min). If coming from Campbell River, simply travel South down Hwy 19A, turning right when prompted by the Courtenay Sign (about 49 min).
A bustling coal mining town from 1888 to 1966, Cumberland once boasted a diversified ethnic population, including one of the largest Asian populations north of San Francisco. Today, Cumberland draws visitors with its colourful history and wonderful family activities.
From Nanaimo, travel North along Hwy 19 until you take exit 117 to Cumberland/Courtenay/Comox. Next, bear left at Comox Valley Pky (about 1 hr 15 min).
Denman Island is characterized by its beautiful natural environment and its residents who produce an abundance of inspired arts & crafts that have earned the small Gulf Island an esteemed reputation around the world.
From Nanaimo, head North along Hwy 19, until you turn off at Exit 101 to Buckley Bay/Union Bay/Royston. Bear right onto Buckley Bay Rd. before turning right towards the Vancouver Island/Denman Island ferry (about 1 hr 30 min).
Carved from wilderness in the 1960s, the resource-based community of Gold River is a paradise for the outdoors enthusiast, with its close proximity to beautiful caves, rushing rivers, and campgrounds.
Take Highway 28, from Campbell River.
Hornby Island is home to a tightly knit community of about nine hundred residents and a well kept secret to thousands of visitors.
From Nanaimo, travel North along Hwy 19, until turning off at Exit 101 to Buckley Bay/Union Bay/Royston. Turn right, onto Buckley Bay Rd. before turning right again, towards the Vancouver Island/Denman Island ferry. Once across the ferry travel along the main road for 1.6 Km, before bearing left, which will bring you to the Denman Island/Hornby Island Ferry (about 2 hr 11 min).
Nanaimo is the second largest city on Vancouver Island and is centrally located on the east coast, a 1 1/2 hour ferry ride from Vancouver.
Downtown along Commercial Street, Victoria Crescent, and Fitzwilliam Street is a thriving mix of restaurants, music venues, shops and galleries.
Here you'll be entering a unique geographical and temperate zone, which has more in common with the Californian coast than the Canadian north.
Parksville is located 35 minutes from Nanaimo, accessible by travelling South along Hwy 19, and taking the Hwy 4A exit 51 to Parksville.
Port Alberni is one of a few ports on the West Coast of Vancouver Island which allows shelter and safe haven against some of the powerful Pacific Ocean weather systems.
From Nanaimo, travel North along Hwy 19, before taking exit 60 to Qualicum beach/Port Alberni. Take the Hwy 4 West ramp to Port Alberni, and follow Hwy 4 for approximately 1 hour.
In Port Alice you'll experience community living, right next to the Quatsino Rain Forest.
Take the Inland Island Highway north to Port McNeill. Just north of Port McNeill you will find the Port Alice turnoff on the left. Scheduled airline connections are out of Vancouver to Campbell River or Port Hardy. Floatplane service is also available.
Watch your Wheels! You've reached the end of Island Highway 19 - Port Hardy is as far north as you can drive. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, as well as shopping and exploring the local arts and culture scene.
Take the Inland Island Highway north to Port Hardy. Regular flights are available from Vancouver International Airport to the Port Hardy airport. Limousine and taxi services offer transportation from the airport to downtown Port Hardy. Floatplane and helicopter services are available. A regular bus runs from Campbell River and Nanaimo to Port Hardy.
Enjoy the splendid surroundings of Port McNeil in an atmosphere of friendly hospitality. Explore the Broughton Archipelago Marine park, cruise to Robson Bight to view Orcas in their natural habitat, take a fishing charter and catch a big one, or kayak the coastline.
Take the Inland Highway north to Port McNeill. Port Hardy has the closest available airport. Scheduled buses travel from several points on Vancouver Island to Port McNeill.
More then ever the world is choosing the city of Powell River to retire in: Miles of hiking trails lead to beautiful lookouts, waterfalls and peaceful lakes, which can be viewed along the 180 km Sunshine Coast Trail in Powell River.
Take the Inland Island Highway North to Courtenay; follow the signs to the ferry landing at Little River. The crossing time to Powell River is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Regular flights are available from the Vancouver Airport to the Powell River airport. A floatplane service is also available. A regular bus runs twice a day from the Vancouver bus depot and from the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond.
Quadra Island is the heart and hub of the Discovery Islands - arts, culture, adventure recreation, scenery and the laid-back island lifestyle are just a few of the reasons people come to live or visit.
To get here, follow the Inland Island Highway north to Campbell River. Take the jubilee parkway exit to Campbell River. The ferry terminal to Quadra Island is located on the downtown waterfront. The nearest available airport is in Campbell River. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport for transfer to the ferry terminal.
A short drive north of Parksville will bring you to Qualicum Beach. Along the seaside promenade enjoy stunning views of Lasqueti and Texada Islands, backstopped by the majestic snow capped peaks of the coastal mountains on the mainland.
From Nanaimo, travel North along Hwy 19 to Hwy 4 Exit 60 to Qualicum Beach/Port Alberni. Then, turn onto the Qualicum Beach Ramp (about 43 min).
Enjoy the clean air, beauty, and wide open spaces that Sayward has to offer, as well as its many recreational opportunities.
Take the Inland Island Highway north; take turn-off called the Sayward Junction. The approximate driving time from Campbell River is 50 minutes. The nearest available airport is in Campbell River. A regular bus travels daily from several points on Vancouver Island to Sayward.
"Sointula" is the Finnish word for harmony, and this small island community truly lives up to its name. Hiking, farmer's markets, and friendly people await you, and once you visit, you'll never want to leave.
Take the new Inland Island Highway north to Port McNeill, passing Campbell River and Sayward. From Port McNeill there is a Tri-Island ferry running to Alert Bay and Sointula. Daily flights run from Vancouver to Port Hardy, a limousine service is available to Port McNeill; connections are made via ferry to Alert Bay. Scheduled bus services depart daily from all points on Vancouver Island.
Tahsis has something for everyone who wants to experience an outdoor adventure on the west coast of Vancouver Island, such as a Vancouver Island fishing charter, a sea kayaking tour, or hiking Nootka Trail.
To reach Tahsis take the Inland Island Highway to Campbell River travel west on highway 28 to Gold River, from there follow the signs 62 kilometres by gravel road. By air, there are regularly scheduled floatplane services from Gold River, a charter out of Campbell River and a helipad near the head of the inlet. From the Pacific Ocean, you can reach the Village by way of Nootka Sound into Tahsis Inlet.
From whale and bear watching to a soak in the hot springs, Tofino is a beautiful getaway on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
Beginning in Nanaimo, travel North along Hwy 19 to Hwy 4 Exit 60 to Qualicum Beach/port Alberni. Take the Hwy 4 West Ramp to Port Alberni, travelling along Hwy 4 before turning right onto Johnston Rd. Follow Johnston, until you turn right onto river road, turning onto Hwy 4 again, which you will follow for 87 Km, before bearing right and then right again for an additional 29 Km to Tofino.
Visitors from around the world come here for our excellent fishing, whale watching, scuba diving, nature cruises, beachcombing, kayaking, wilderness hiking and the pristine nature.
From Nanaimo, travel North along Hwy 19 to Hwy 4 Exit 60 to Qualicum Beach/port Alberni. Take the Hwy 4 West Ramp to Port Alberni, travelling along Hwy 4 before turning right onto Johnston Rd. Follow Johnston, until you turn right onto river road, turning onto Hwy 4 again, which you will follow for 87 Km, before bearing left towards Ucluelet.
This historic gold mining town that serves as a jumping off point for kayakers heading into the protected waters and islands in rugged and remote Kyuquot sound. Wildlife, old mining artifacts, great fishing, and a chance to strike it rich panning for gold are just a few of its attractions.
Drive north on the Inland Island Highway. A 1.5-hour drive pass Campbell River and Sayward takes you to the Zeballos turnoff. You will then travel on a 42 kilometres stretch of gravel road. Water taxi services are available.