Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Highway 19 connects the communities of Vancouver Island North with Campbell River, Nanaimo, Victoria and many towns between. The stretch of Highway 19 that extends from Campbell River to Port Hardy has been named the North Island Route. This section of paved, double lane highway is particularly scenic, offering views of jagged mountain peaks, expansive forest and frequent wildlife sightings. The highway is well maintained and motor home friendly. Approximate driving distances times:
- Victoria to Port Hardy, 500 km, 6 hours; Victoria to Port McNeill, 450 km, 5 ½ hours
- Nanaimo to Port Hardy, 390 km, 4 ½ hours; Nanaimo to Port McNeill, 340 km, 4 hours
Road Conditions | www.drivebc.com | 1-800-550-4997
Thinking about making the trip in an electric vehicle?
You’ll find Sun Country Highway charging stations in Port Hardy, Telegraph Cove, and Woss.
Find a location on the Sun Country Trip Planner: www.suncountryhighway.ca
Pacific Coastal Airlines operate daily scheduled flights between the Port Hardy Airport (YZT) and Vancouver Airport’s South Terminal (YVR) with approximately 1 hour flying time.
Pacific Coastal Airlines | www.pacificcoastal.com | 1-800-663-2872
Port Hardy / Prince Rupert
The Inside Passage is a spectacular voyage providing scenic transportation between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert (on the northern BC coast). This scenic day trip takes 15 hours. Cabins are available on board the M. V. Northern Expedition, BC Ferries newest vessel. This route operates from mid-May to the end of September and reservations are a must.
Port Hardy / Mid and North Coast
During the fall, winter and spring months, the Inside Passage operates as an overnight sailing with stops along the way. Sailing time is 20 – 22 hours.
The Discovery Coast Passage is a summer-only route between Port Hardy and ports on BC’s mid-coast, with several stops along the way. The voyage takes 20 – 33 hours from Port Hardy to Bella Coola depending on the route. Cabins are not available, however, there are showers and reclining seats. Reservations are highly recommended.
Port McNeill / Alert Bay / Sointula
One ferry shares its services between the Port McNeill to Alert Bay (45 minute crossing) and the Port McNeill to Sointula (25 minute crossing) routes with multiple trips scheduled each day.
Vancouver Island / Vancouver
BC Ferries provides regular vehicle and passenger ferry service between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Major routes are Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver to Departure Bay in Nanaimo; Tsawwassen, south of Richmond (Vancouver), to Duke Point, south of Nanaimo; and, Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay in Saanich (north of Victoria).
BC Ferries | www.bcferries.com | 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
IMPORTANT SERVICE NOTICE, SEPTEMBER 2020: For visitor hoping to travel by bus to or from Vancouver Island North, please be aware that Tofino Bus/Vancouver Island Connector has eliminated passenger service to the region. There is no passenger bus service available to or from the region at this time.
Waivin’ Flags Taxi has been approved by the Passenger Transportation Board to serve the region with three scheduled trips each week. Service is expected to begin late-October 2020.
- Port Hardy Map
- Port McNeill Map
- Port Alice Map
- Alert Bay Map
- Sointula Map
- Telegraph Cove Map
- Woss Map
Vancouver Island North Trail Guide
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