RESOURCES

Ferry to metro Vancouver, Gabriola Island, Denman Island, Hornby Island

https://www.bcferries.com/

Ferry to NewCastle Island

https://newcastleisland.ca/ferry-info

Ferry to Protection Island

https://dinghydockpub.com/ferry-information/protection-island-ferry-schedule/

(Yes, you are not at the wrong page. Dinghy Dock Pub operates the ferry.)

Seaplane

https://gulfislandseaplanes.com/

https://www.harbourair.com/flight-info/flight/schedules/#1551486178691-cc67fd38-4013

Nanaimo Airport

https://www.nanaimoairport.com/

BC ground transit

https://www.bctransit.com/choose-transit-system

Water taxi from Port Alberni to Bamfield and Uclulet

https://ladyrosemarine.com/

Bus from Nanaimo/Victoria to West Coast Trail or Juan de Fuca Trail

https://trailbus.com/

Tide Info.

https://tides4fishing.com/ca/british-columbia/nanaimo

Whalewatching

https://www.vancouverislandwhalewatch.com/

http://nanaimowhalewatching.com/

https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/vancouverislandwhalewatch/items/?flow=193594&full-items=yes

One-day or multi-day paddling & wildlife tour trips:

Departing from Nanaimo:

https://kayakbc.com/tours

https://www.islandromer.com/6-day-kayak-tour-discovery-islands.html

https://www.coastalexpression.com/

Departing from Gabriola Island:

http://www.silvabaykayakadventures.com/

 

 

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

Below are some famous local events and festivals. Be sure to check their schedule when you plan your trips.

June: Cowichan Valley Sunfest (Country music)

June: Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Music Festival

June: Comox seafood festival

July: Comox Filberg Music Festivals to celebrate Canadian art, culture, and music

July: Nanaimo summertime Blues

July: Nanaimo Marine Festival (World-famous Bathtub race) 

July to August: Parksville Beach Festival (sand-sculpting competition)

August: Port Alberni Salmon Festival

August: Sooke River Music Festival                                                                                                 

September: Nanaimo International Jazz Festival

December: Ladysmith Festival of Lights

 

We always find the following websites helpful when planning trips in BC

https://tourismnanaimo.com/

City: Nanaimo – Tourism Vancouver Island

https://www.hellobc.com/three-day-getaway-nanaimo

https://www.hellobc.com/places-to-go/vancouver-island/

https://vancouverisland.travel/

https://bcparks.ca/

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/