A leisurely ferry ride between the BC Lower Mainland and the Island allow visitors to experience the unique geography and wildlife of this coast.
For schedule information please visit www.bcferries.com or call 1-888-BCFERRY. Reservations may be made in advance for a nominal fee. We recommend reservations for peak summer periods as well as weekend or holiday travel year round to avoid waiting.
- Sailing time: - From Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Nanaimo (Duke Point): 2 hours
- Sailing time: - From West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay): 1 hour 35 minutes
The drive to Oceanside Village Resort from Departure Bay is approximately 20 minutes and from Duke Point approximately 40 minutes.
From Qualicum Beach
Oceanside Village Resort is 8 Km south of Qualicum Beach on highway 19A. On the south side of Parksville cross over the Englishman River and turn on the second left past the bridge.
Drive north on Highway 1 to Nanaimo, just south of Nanaimo, take the exit for Highway 19 and the North Island. Continue on the Inland Island Highway until Parksville exit 46. Turn right at the light on Tuan Road and then left on Resort Drive to find Oceanside Village Resort.
From Vancouver and the Fraser Valley
Take the Lion's Gate or 2nd Narrows Bridge across Burrard Inlet, then follow the signs to Horseshoe Bay and take the BC Ferry to Nanaimo. Exit the ferry and keep to the 2 right lanes, then take Highway 19 North towards Parksville. Continue on Highway 19 until exit 46 to Parksville.
From Vancouver International Airport and South Vancouver
Take Highway 10 and 99, head to the BC Ferry terminal in Tsawwassen and catch the ferry to Duke Point (south Nanaimo). Head north on Highway 1 and then exit to Highway 19 and Parksville.
Head north on I-5 and cross the border at Blaine. Continue north on Highway 99 about 15 minutes, then take the exit for Tsawwassen and the ferries. Take the ferry to Nanaimo (Duke Point). Head north on Highway 1 and then exit to Highway 19 and Parksville. There are also ferries out of Anacortes and Port Angeles in Washington that will take you to Victoria, where you can follow Highway 1 and 19 north to Parksville.
Travelers can land at the Qualicum Beach Airport with KD Air and Orca Airways from YVR's South Terminal. Connecting flights from Vancouver International also fly into the neighbouring Nanaimo Airport and Comox Valley Airport. Harbour Air Seaplanes offers flights from downtown Vancouver to downtown Nanaimo, among other routes. WestJet flies direct from Calgary and Edmonton into Comox and from Calgary to Nanaimo.