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BC Ferries Route

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3 to 7 days, 1049.60 km (652.19 mi)

Orca near Alert Bay (Picture BC photo)
Orca near Alert Bay (Picture BC photo)

Travel from Vancouver to Port Hardy by car and ferry. Explore seaside communities, world-renowned gardens, and underground caves. From Port Hardy, choose one of two BC Ferries routes: the Inside Passage or the Discovery Coast Passage, both of which glide along BC’s spectacular coast.

Note: Map shows Inside Passage ferry option.

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BC Ferries in Howe Sound, Tom Ryan photo
Part 1
Ferry to Vancouver Island

51.95 km - about 2 hours 2 min

In Vancouver, visit the Vancouver Art Gallery to see works by renowned, BC-born artist Emily Carr. Then walk along the seawall in Stanley Park. Stop at historic Gastown to see the world’s first steam clock, based on an 1875 design; watch it whistle every 15 minutes! Head south on Highway 99 & 17 to Tsawwassen to board a ferry and sail Vancouver Island.

The Butchart Gardens
Part 2
Sidney and Victoria

26.36 km - about 0 hours 23 min

Sidney is Canada’s only “Booktown” – booklovers will find nine bookstores within a four block radius that carry modern, used, collector’s, and antiquarian books. Don’t miss the popular Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Learn about this living eco-system and see marine life from the surrounding waters. Located in Brentwood Bay are the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Stroll through Italian, Sunken, Rose, and Japanese style gardens.

In Victoria, explore the Royal BC Museum, which showcases more than 10,000 years of BC’s natural and human history. Visit Canada’s oldest Chinatown for authentic Asian cuisine. Stroll through the famously narrow Fan Tan Alley, which at its narrowest is only 3ft/0.9m. Overnight in Victoria.

Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre in Duncan, Tom Ryan photo
Part 3
Cowichan Valley

110.70 km - about 1 hours 25 min

Follow Highway 1 through the Cowichan Valley, which is populated with wineries, farms, and artisan markets. Take a wine-tasting tour and stop by BC’s first estate cidery. In Duncan, visit carvers at work at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural Center and see the world’s widest totem pole. Don’t miss the Nanaimo Marine Festival in July, which hosts the International World Championship Bathtub Races.

Qualicum Beach
Part 4
Coombs and Optional Side Trips

53.05 km - about 0 hours 46 min

From Nanaimo, head to Coombs, which is located west of Parksville and is famous for its market with the goats grazing on the roof. Stop by for lunch and snap some photos. Head north to Qualicum Beach. Garden lovers will appreciate the beauty of the seaside Milner Gardens & Woodland.

Optional: From Parksville, detour west on Highway 4 to Tofino and Ucluelet to experience the renowned surfing and beautiful beaches of BC’s Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Optional: Drive north via Highway 19 and take the Horne Lake exit to Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park and explore some of BC’s most spectacular caves.

Strathcona Provincial Park
Part 5
Comox Valley and Strathcona Provincial Park

0.00 km - about 0 hours 0 min

Continue north on Hwy 19 and overnight in Comox. Visit the Courtenay & District Museum to dig for fossils in an 80 million year sea bed along the Puntledge River. Hike the trails in Forbidden Plateau in Strathcona Provincial Park, which range from a moderate 3km/1.8mi to a more challenging 10km/6mi.

Campbell River Discovery Pier, Picture BC photo
Part 6
Campbell River

59.61 km - about 0 hours 43 min

Continue north via Highway 19 to Campbell River. For a unique BC experience, take a guided tour to “snorkel with the salmon” and witness the migration of five species of salmon. Charter a fishing boat and try a hand at catching dinner.

Port McNeill burl, Picture BC photo
Part 7
Port McNeill and Alert Bay

195.21 km - about 2 hours 50 min

Follow Highway 19 to Port McNeill. Visit the North Island Heritage Museum for a history of the town’s logging past and see the world’s largest burl. Take a 40 minute ferry ride on BC Ferries to Alert Bay and visit the U’mista Cultural Centre. Learn about Kwakwa_ka_'wakw culture through exhibits and live traditional ceremonies.

Cape Scott Provincial Park
Part 8
Port Hardy

43.64 km - about 0 hours 58 min

Port Hardy is the northern terminus of Highway 19. Hike through old-growth rainforest to a white-sand beach in Cape Scott Provincial Park. Up for a challenge? Try the North Coast Trail, a 7-8 day hike through tough terrain (experienced hikers only).

Orcas
Part 9
Ferry Options from Port Hardy

509.08 km - about 16 hours 32 min

From Port Hardy, take one of two options on BC Ferries (Note: Inside Passage option is shown on map):

Inside Passage Ferry: This 15-hour ferry ride takes visitors from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert through the scenic Inside Passage: a narrow, protected channel that runs between the mainland and a series of islands and calm inlets. The scenery is spectacular: pass rocky shorelines, lush rainforests, waterfalls, abandoned fishing villages and lighthouses, accompanied by some of the best wildlife viewing in BC. Watch for porpoises, whales, seals, and black bears.

Optional: From Prince Rupert: board the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system to continue travelling north to Alaska by ferry; take Highway 16 west and connect with the Stewart-Cassiar Highway Driving Route; or drive west to Prince George, then follow Highway 97 north to Dawson Creek, Mile ‘0’ of the world-famous Alaska Highway.

Discovery Coast Connector: This two-stage journey takes visitors from Port Hardy to Bella Bella, along the scenic Inside Passage, and then onwards to Bella Coola. From Bella Bella, a smaller ferry will voyage into the fjords and inlets of mid-coast BC, connecting the communities of Shearwater, Klemtu, Ocean Falls, and Bella Coola. (Note: during the summer, BC Ferries offers different schedules for the Discovery Coast Connector service, varying in duration and ports of call).

Optional: From Bella Coola drive inland on Highway 20 to Williams Lake, and connect to the Gold Rush Trail Driving Route.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Ferry to Vancouver Island - 51.95 km - about 2 hours 2 min
1.

Auf Duke Point, BC - Tsawwassen, BC nach Nordosten starten

0.04 km
2.

Geradeaus auf Ferry Ramp

0.07 km
3.

Rechts Richtung Ferry Ramp/BC-17 abbiegen

0.15 km
4.

Rechts abbiegen auf Ferry Ramp/BC-17

0.06 km
5.

Fähre Swartz Bay, BC - Tsawwassen, BC nehmen

46.43 km
6.

Geradeaus auf Ferry Ramp

0.21 km
7.

Weiter auf Patricia Bay Hwy/BC-17Das Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

4.99 km
Part 2 - Sidney and Victoria - 26.36 km - about 0 hours 23 min
1.

Auf Patricia Bay Hwy/BC-17 nach Südosten Richtung Beacon Ave startenWeiter auf Patricia Bay Hwy

26.11 km
2.

Rechts abbiegen auf Pandora Ave

0.21 km
3.

1. Abzweigung rechts nehmen, um auf Douglas St/Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N zu wechseln

0.03 km
Part 3 - Cowichan Valley - 110.70 km - about 1 hours 25 min
1.

Auf Douglas St/Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N nach Norden Richtung Cormorant St startenWeiter auf Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N

60.15 km
2.

Links abbiegen auf Trunk Rd

0.53 km
3.

Weiter auf Government St

0.06 km
4.

Rechts abbiegen auf Canada AveDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

0.24 km
5.

Auf Canada Ave nach Norden Richtung Lois Ln starten

0.61 km
6.

Leicht rechts abbiegen, um auf Canada Ave zu bleiben

0.06 km
7.

Canada Ave verläuft leicht nach rechts und wird zu Beverly St

0.22 km
8.

Links abbiegen auf Island Hwy/Route Transcanadienne/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N

43.64 km
9.

Links abbiegen auf Nanaimo Pkwy/BC-19 N (Schilder nach Parksville/Campbell River)Das Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

5.21 km
Part 4 - Coombs and Optional Side Trips - 53.05 km - about 0 hours 46 min
1.

Auf Nanaimo Pkwy/BC-19 N nach Nordwesten startenWeiter auf BC-19 N

30.62 km
2.

Bei Ausfahrt 46 auf British Columbia 19 Alternate N in Richtung Parksville fahren

0.43 km
3.

Auf Island Hwy E/BC-19A S fahren (Schilder nach Parksville)Das Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

4.23 km
4.

Auf Island Hwy E/BC-19A N nach Westen Richtung Mills St starten

1.02 km
5.

Links abbiegen auf Alberni Hwy/BC-4A W

8.73 km
6.

Auf Alberni Hwy/BC-4A W nach Westen Richtung Ford Rd starten

2.80 km
7.

Rechts abbiegen auf BC-4 E (Schilder nach Qualicum Beach)

4.31 km
8.

Im Kreisverkehr zweite Ausfahrt (Memorial Ave/BC-4 E) nehmenDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

0.96 km
1.

Auf Memorial Ave/BC-4 W nach Süden Richtung W 2nd Ave starten

0.91 km
2.

Im Kreisverkehr zweite Ausfahrt nehmen, um auf Memorial Ave/BC-4 W zu bleiben

1.41 km
3.

Rechts abbiegen auf BC-19 N Richtung Campbell River

56.46 km
4.

Bei Ausfahrt 117 Richtung Cumberland/Courtenay/Comox fahren

0.46 km
5.

Rechts abbiegen auf Comox Valley Pkwy N (Schilder nach Courtenay/Comox)

5.01 km
6.

Weiter auf 29 St

0.57 km
7.

Links abbiegen auf Cliffe Ave/BC-19A N (Schilder nach BC-19 Alt N/Courtenay/Comox)

1.51 km
8.

Geradeaus auf Cliffe Ave

0.40 km
Part 6 - Campbell River - 59.61 km - about 0 hours 43 min
1.

Auf Cliffe Ave nach Nordwesten Richtung 13 St starten

0.58 km
2.

Rechts abbiegen auf 5 St

0.14 km
3.

Links abbiegen auf Anderton Ave

0.56 km
4.

Anderton Ave verläuft leicht nach links und wird zu Condensory Rd

2.40 km
5.

Links abbiegen auf Piercy Rd

5 km
6.

Rechts abbiegen auf Inland Island Hwy/BC-19 N

42.79 km
Part 7 - Port McNeill and Alert Bay - 195.21 km - about 2 hours 50 min
1.

Auf Inland Island Hwy/Tamarac St N/BC-19 N nach Norden Richtung 17 Ave startenWeiter auf BC-19 N

192.45 km
2.

Rechts abbiegen auf Campbell Way

1.66 km
3.

3. Abzweigung rechts nehmen, um auf McNeill Rd zu wechselnDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

1.11 km
Part 8 - Port Hardy - 43.64 km - about 0 hours 58 min
1.

Auf McNeill Rd nach Südosten Richtung Broughton Blvd starten

1.11 km
2.

Links abbiegen auf Campbell Way

1.60 km
3.

Rechts abbiegen auf BC-19 N (Schilder nach Port Hardy)

35.76 km
4.

Rechts abbiegen auf Bear Cove Hwy/BC-19 (Schilder nach Ferries)

5.11 km
5.

Auf Ferry Ramp/BC-19 fahrenDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

0.02 km
Part 9 - Ferry Options from Port Hardy - 509.08 km - about 16 hours 32 min
1.

Auf Ferry Ramp/BC-19 nach Westen starten

0.03 km
2.

Fähre Port Hardy, BC - Prince Rupert, BC in Richtung Prince Rupert nehmen

509.54 km
3.

Geradeaus auf Prince Rupert Ferry Dock/Trans-Canada Hwy/Yellowhead Hwy/BC-16Weiter auf Trans-Canada Hwy/Yellowhead Hwy/BC-16

0.56 km
4.

Rechts abbiegen

0.06 km
5.

1. Abzweigung rechts nehmenDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

0.12 km