Transportation & Maps
A BC Ferries schedule is essential reading for the vast majority of visitors to Denman Island.
Charter floatplane and water taxi service is also available. There are no buses or taxis on the island, but Denmanites routinely offer lifts to hitchhikers and other footloose visitors.
Reaching Denman Island by car, bike, or on foot requires a 10-minute trip from the BC Ferries terminal at Buckley Bay, an hour's drive north of Nanaimo on the road to Courtenay (via either the multi-lane Highway 19 or the scenic Oceanside Route through Parksville and Qualicum Beach).
Ships operate at hourly intervals, daily, year-round, with bonus sailings running during the summer peak schedule.