Travelling to the Island

The Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild Welcomes You to Victoria, BC, Canada

Victoria is located on the southern end of Vancouver Island (a 95 minute ferry trip from the city of Vancouver, which is on the mainland). As there is no bridge to the island, travel by air or ferry is required.

To our US conference attendees:

All conference attendees travelling to Canada must have a current U.S. Passport, Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s Licence, NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST card. Please note that the Enhanced Driver’s Licence is not acceptable for air travel. Your passport must be valid for six months after the date of the conference to be considered current.

By Air

Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is located about 25 km (15 miles) north of Victoria. There are direct flights to Victoria from:

Victoria International Airport

Abbotsford – Island Express, Orca Airways
Calgary – Air Canada, WestJet
Edmonton – WestJet
Kelowna – Pacific Coastal, WestJet
Nanaimo – Island Express
Prince George – Pacific Coastal
San Francisco – United Airlines
Seattle – Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines
Toronto – Air Canada, WestJet
Vancouver – Air Canada, Orca Airways, Pacific Coastal, WestJet

Flights from Vancouver International Airport take about 25 minutes gate to gate and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport take about 40 minutes gate to gate. As these are much larger airports than Victoria, connections from many destinations are possible through either of these airports.

On arrival, ground travel options include rental cars, YYJ AirportShuttle, Bluebird Cabs, Victoria Taxi, Yellow Cab, and BC Transit buses. The YYJ AirportShuttle costs $29 CAD one way to the University of Victoria. A taxi costs about $50 CAD.

By Road And Ferry
Three car ferry routes,
of which two routes originate in Washington State, serve Greater Victoria. In addition, the Victoria Clipper is a passenger-only ferry with daily service from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria. The main route to Vancouver Island is via BC Ferries due to the frequency of sailings (minimum 8 sailings daily) as well as the higher number of cars and passengers carried on each sailing.

Please note that heavy traffic is expected on the Canada Day Long Weekend at border crossings and on BC Ferries. Several sailing waits are common on the Friday before and the Monday of the long weekend. If you want to be sure of boarding, make a reservation well in advance of your trip.

Heavy traffic for all sailings on Washington State Ferries is also expected on the Fourth of July. Extra sailings will be added for several routes, but reservations are strongly recommended for the Anacortes/Sidney route. Black Ball Ferries also recommends making a reservation if you plan to sail on the 4th.

BC Ferries via Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
Ferries run every hour 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. There are additional sailings during peak travel periods. Reservations are accepted. Please note that heavy traffic is expected on the Canada Day Long Weekend

Washington State Ferries via Anacortes Ferry Terminal
The MV Chelan offers one or more sailings per day from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC, 30 minutes north of Victoria. Reservations are accepted. The journey is about 2.5 hours through the San Juan Islands; there may be a stop at Friday Harbour on San Juan Island.  Reservations are recommended if you plan to sail on the 4th.

Black Ball Ferries via Port Angeles Ferry Terminal
The MV Coho departs from Port Angeles, WA at least twice daily. Reservations are accepted. The 90-minute journey crosses the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The arrival terminal is in downtown Victoria. Reservations are recommended if you plan to sail on the 4th.