Traveling to Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay, or Qualicum Beach

By Air:

Several flight options are available….both Regular Air or Floatplanes…

Recommended Airlines:

From Vancouver:
Air Canada
Float Plane:
West Coast Air

From Seattle:
Float Plane:
Kenmore Air

From Alberta & other Canadian Cities:
Westjet
Arrive & Depart from Comox, BC….only 30 minutes away

By Car & Ferry:

From Mainland British Columbia to Vancouver Island:

Once you are in Vancouver, you must catch a BC ferry from either Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay.  If you are arriving from the States or the airport, the Tsawassen terminal is easier to reach.  This sailing is 2 hours long.  From the interior of British Columbia, it fairly equal time & distance to either terminal.  From downtown Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay is closer, but you’ll want to avoid rush hour to cross the bridges. The crossing to and from Horseshoe Bay is much more scenic, and only 1.5 hours.  Also check the timing on the BC Ferries’ schedule as this will also determine which route is best for you. Their website will give you all the information you need, and we strongly suggest you make a reservation during the summer season and long weekends!  BC Ferries

Both routes bring you into Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, but there are also sailings to Victoria. 

From Victoria to Nanaimo & Qualicum Beach:
Nanaimo is 1.5 to 2 hours from Victoria on the island highway, which is slower-moving between Victoria and Nanaimo.
Once you are clear of Nanimo’s city traffic, it is only 15 minutes to Nanoose Bay and 30 minutes to Qualicum Beach.

Other Car Ferries from Washington:

Please check these websites for schedules and fares.  Compare it to the rates with BC Ferries…it might be a better option to drive over to Vancouver instead.
From Port Angeles, WA
From Anacortes, WA
From Seattle, WA