Daytrippin’ with BC Ferries

BC Ferries visits some of the most beautiful spots on Vancouver Island and the neighbouring smaller islands.

Here are a few sidetrip suggestions:

Mill Bay Crossing

Skip the drive and take the scenic water route from Brentwood Bay on the Saanich Peninsula to Mill Bay in the Cowichan Valley.

Swartz Bay to Mayne, Pender, Saturna and Galiano Islands: Renowned for their beauty, serenity and laid-back lifestyle, experience these islands individually or on a self-directed circle tour.

Swartz Bay (Sidney) to Saltspring Island: Browse the galleries and markets of this island paradise. Return as you came or make it a circle trip by leaving Saltspring via ferry from Vesuvius on the west side of the island and crossing to Crofton.

Nanaimo to Gabriola Island: An easy spot to while away the day – don’t miss the awe-inspiring Malaspina Galleries, a series of caves and caverns carved into the sandstone by the surf.

Buckley Bay (Courtenay) to Denman and Hornby Islands: Beachcombing, kayaking, diving and artisan studios are just four of many good reasons to visit these islands.

Campbell River to Quadra Island: A 10-minute ride takes you to this fine spot to fish, hike, kayak and more. Carry on to Cortes Island, a tiny island with a lovely landscape of orchards, lagoons and beaches.

Port McNeill to Sointula: Visit this historic community a short 25-minute ferry ride from Port McNeill.

Port McNeill to Alert Bay: Renowned for its First Nations culture, Alert Bay on Cormorant Island boasts the impressive U’mista Cultural Centre, First Nations-guided walking and adventure tours and much more.

(Editor’s Note: With many of the ferries to the smaller islands, your ticket includes your return fare.)

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