Ferries to Vancouver Island
From Washington, USA: Washington State Ferry service from Anacortes to Sidney (Victoria). Crossing time is 3 hours. For schedule information visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/schedules.
OR - Black Ball Transport (M/V Coho) ferry service from Port Angeles to Victoria. Schedule information at www.cohoferry.com/schedules.htm.
From Vancouver to Victoria: BC Ferry service from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. Crossing time is 1 hour and 35 minutes.
From Vancouver to Nanaimo: BC Ferry service from Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Departure Bay. Crossing time is 1 hour and 35 minutes. OR - BC Ferry service from Tsawwassen to Duke Point. Crossing time is 2 hours.
For BC Ferry schedule information click on www.bcferries.com.
From Port Alberni to Bamfield: The M/V Lady Rose provides ferry and freight service to Bamfield three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Additional sailings during the summer months. Passenger service only.
Driving to Bamfield
From Victoria: There are two options for getting to Bamfield.
Via Duncan: Travel north on the #1 Island Highway to Duncan (1 hour). Just north of Duncan turn left on Hwy. 18, travelling west to Lake Cowichan. Passing through Lake Cowichan, you will enter a network of gravel logging roads. Follow the signs for Bamfield. The logging route approximately 120kms. Total travel time is ~ 4 hours.
Via Port Alberni: Travel north on the #1 Island Highway to Nanaimo. Continue north through Nanaimo, turning right at the Hwy. 4 exit for Port Alberni/Bamfield. Once you arrive in Port Alberni, follow the signs for Bamfield and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. You will enter a gravel logging road that is approximately 76 kms. Follow the signs to Bamfield. Total travel time is ~ 4.5 hours.
From Nanaimo: From Departure Bay, turn right on the #1 Island Highway travelling north. Follow the directions as above to Port Alberni. Total travel time is ~ 3 hours.
IMPORTANT TIPS: Regardless of your start point, you will eventually be driving on a semi-public, logging road. The road is well maintained and well travelled, however, it is important for you to know the following:
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