Can you boat around Vancouver Island?

If you’re up for a longer trip, it will take anywhere from 3-6 weeks to circumnavigate the entire island if you sail with the Northwest winds (counter-clockwise.) Some boaters take months to slowly explore every inch of Vancouver Island and its many coves and inlets.

Can you boat to Vancouver Island?

Captain your own ship or join a skippered charter as you share our calm, clear waters with porpoises, whales and swooping eagles. The coastal waters around Vancouver Island, and the Marine Provincial parks that dot the BC coastline, offer recreational boaters great places to anchor for a few hours, or overnight.

How do you get around on Vancouver Island?

The best way to get around Victoria & Vancouver Island is by bike or car. Central Victoria – especially the Inner Harbour – can easily be explored on foot, while bike paths will lead you to less touristy neighborhoods.

Can you boat from Victoria to Vancouver?

BC Ferries

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Service between Vancouver Island (Victoria), the BC Mainland (Vancouver) and the Southern Gulf Islands. The Swartz Bay ferry terminal, approximately 30km north of downtown Victoria, offers a point of entry from Tsawwassen (Vancouver and the Lower Mainland) and the Gulf Islands.

How many nautical miles are around Vancouver Island?

It is roughly 730 nautical miles around the island, not including side trips.

Can you sail from Vancouver to Victoria?

The Vancouver Victoria ferry route connects Canada with Vancouver Island. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, V2V Vacations. The crossing operates up to 7 times each week with sailing durations from around 3 hours 30 minutes.

How long does it take to boat from Nanaimo to Vancouver?

It will take you about 40-45 minutes to get to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. The ferry from there to Duke Point (Nanaimo) will take 2 hours.

Can you drive across Vancouver Island?

The best way to travel around Vancouver Island is by car. However, in order to bring a car to the island, you’ll need to travel by ferry (more on that below).

Can you get around Vancouver Island without a car?

Good news backpackers! Vancouver Island offers one of the best places in Canada to travel and see a large area without needing a car. Reduce your carbon imprint by moving by foot, mass transit or bike to compensate for the flight to get here.

Is it worth going to Vancouver Island?

Combined with endless outdoor recreation options and extensive wildlife opportunities (orcas and bears anyone?), it is a great place to visit at any time of year. Take a few weeks or a couple of days, either way, you’ll definitely have a unique adventure.

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Can you take a speed boat from Vancouver to Victoria?

V2V Vancouver to Victoria Ferry

V2V Vacations operates a new high-speed upscale passenger ferry with daily service between downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and Victoria’s Inner Harbour. V2V FERRIES CLOSED FOR GOOD!

How long does it take to boat from Victoria to Vancouver?

The scenic sail on BC Ferries is 1 hour and 35 minutes to Victoria’s Swartz Bay terminal. The Victoria ferry from Vancouver goes at least every 2 hours (more in the peak summer season), generally starting at 7:00 am. The total trip time from Vancouver is about 4 hours.

Can you do a day trip from Vancouver to Victoria?

Yes, you can do Victoria (and Butchart Gardens) in a day. You can do a one day bus tour (check out They have a tour that takes you to Butcharts for 2 hours, then drops you off in downtown Victoria to explore on your own and your return is open.