There are numerous ferry crossings operating from Canada to Vancouver Island. Ferries currently connect 4 ports in Canada with 5 ports in Vancouver Island.
There are a combined number of 50 ferry crossings each day across a selection of 8 Ferry Routes which are operated by 1 ferry company including BC Ferries with the shortest crossing taking around 35 minutes (Fulford Harbour to Swartz Bay).
This is a general summary of the services on offer between Canada and Vancouver Island, for live information select from our Fare Search.
Canada is the second largest country in the world by total area, bordering the United States to the south.
Not only is Canada blessed with one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in the world, it brings a diverse culture and a variety of vibrant cities to the table as well.
It’s a haven for any kind of traveller; you can spot orcas along the west coast, ski down Whistler Mountain, explore Colonial landmarks or sample some exquisite French cuisine in a buzzing metropolis.
With the British Columbian shoreline stretching over 25,000 km and the islands of Graham and Victoria found just off the coast, there are plenty of ferry departure points to choose from. There are numerous routes available too, both international and domestic, all operated by top quality ferry companies.
Vancouver Island sits just off the west coast of Canada in the Pacific Ocean, part of the British Columbia province.
As the largest landmass on the west coast of North America, with a population of just over 750,000, Vancouver Island is a massive wilderness with one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, scattered with fishing communities and villages along the craggy coastline. It’s also one of the best places to watch whales on the planet, while offering great kayaking opportunities in summer and excellent skiing in winter. The state capital, Victoria, stands proudly on the southern tip, close to the United States border, known for its British colonial architecture, fairy-tale Craigdarroch Castle and vibrantly coloured Butchart Gardens.
The easiest way to reach Vancouver Island from mainland Canada is by ferry, with regular routes to ports on the north coast, all the way down to Victoria in the south. Ferries also link the island with the United States, with frequent crossings from Seattle.