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

Ferry to NewCastle Island

Ferry to Protection Island

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


Nanaimo Airport

BC ground transit

Water taxi from Port Alberni to Bamfield and Uclulet

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

Tide Info.


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

Departing from Nanaimo:

Departing from Gabriola Island:




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

City: Nanaimo – Tourism Vancouver Island