Travelling to Victoria

map of Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is located approximately 45 km away from Vancouver over the Strait of Georgia.  There are several  ways to get to the Island which cost varying amounts of money and take varying amounts of time.  Both the ferry terminal and international airport are located approximately 30 minutes away from the city of Victoria.  Taxis, airport shuttles and buses are available to take you into the city.  The float plane terminals are located downtown in Victoria’s inner harbour.


float planeFloatplanes are at their best in the warm, dry sunny weather months, but tend  to let us down once the weather changes and the days shorten.

Round trip tickets $270 – $380.  Book online for Web Saver fares.

Round trip tickets approximately $600.  Students and Residents can save money by flying stand-by.

Pacific Coastal Airlines:

Round trip tickets $200 – $400.  Book early to ensure a better fare.

Pacific Coastal is a great little airline that runs between Victoria International Airport and Vancouver International – South Terminal.  There are some really cheap flights to be had with Pacific Coastal, and they will keep flying when the floatplanes won’t!

From September – July flights leave Victoria at 0645, 0745, 0845, 0945, and thereafter various other times during the day.  Return flights from Vancouver run at 1700, 1830 and 2000, and earlier times.  Pacific Coastal is the best choice in terms of cost and times.

Air Canada Jazz:

Air Canada flies Island hoppers between Victoria and Vancouver Main Terminal.  Depending on the time of day, you can get some cheaper flights, but they are generally more expensive than Pacific Coastal.

Round trip tickets approximately $300.


WestJet flies from various cities in Canada to Victoria International Airport.  Unfortunately, Westjet doesn’t fly from Vancouver to Victoria yet.

ferryBC Ferries:

The entire trip from Vancouver to Victoria can take up to 3 hours.

You can either drive your car onto the ferry or you can take the PCL (Pacific Coach Lines) from Vancouver.  You can also drive your car to the ferry terminal in Vancouver (parking is approximately $16/24 hours), leave it there and take the ferry as a walk-on passenger.  PCL bookings can be made on the Ferry within the first half hour of sailing.

Walk on fare – $30 round trip

Drive on fare – $130 round trip

For more information visit:

The Vancouver Island UBC Internal Medicine Residency Training Program office is located in the Coronation Annex/Pavilion Building, 1st Floor, Royal Jubilee Hospital – 1952 Bay Street, Victoria BC.