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Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
BC Ferries operates numerous scheduled ferry services from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, south of Vancouver, to Victoria (Swartz Bay) and Nanaimo (Duke Point) on Vancouver Island, as well as the Gulf Islands.

An additional scheduled ferry service connecting Vancouver with Vancouver Island operates between Horseshoe Bay, north of Vancouver to Nanaimo (Departure Bay).

Arrivals at Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
From Victoria (Swartz Bay)
From Nanaimo (Duke Point)
From Gulf Islands

Departures from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
To Victoria (Swartz Bay)
To Nanaimo (Duke Point)
To Gulf Islands

Sailings to the Gulf Islands
Ferries from Tsawwassen to the Gulf Islands follow a circular route, stopping at Galiano, Mayne, Pender and Salt Spring Islands. The route is reversed for the return trip to Vancouver. Passengers to Saturna Island are required to transfer at Mayne Island or Swartz Bay.

Vehicles and Passengers

Sailing Time:
1 hour 30 minutes between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay (Victoria)
2 hours between Tsawwassen and Duke Point (Nanaimo)
55 minutes between Tsawwassen and Galiano Island
1 hour 35 minutes between Tsawwassen and Mayne (1 stop)
2 hours 15 minutes between Tsawwassen and Pender (2 stops)
3 hours between Tsawwassen and Saltspring Island (3 stops)

9 to 14 daily roundtrip sailings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay
8 daily roundtrip sailings between Nanaimo and Tsawwassen
2 daily round trip sailings between Tsawwassen and the Gulf Island destinations

Click on the map to view a large scale map of the Pacific Northwest Ferry Routes.
Check current schedules, fares, vehicle reservations and additional information directly with BC Ferries.

Swartz Bay is located 32 km north of downtown Victoria, Vancouver Island.

Duke Point is located 12 km south of downtown Nanaimo, Vancouver Island.

Tsawwassen is located 39 km south of downtown Vancouver.

Driving instructions from Vancouver:
South on Oak Street to Highway 99
Highway 99 to Highway 17
Southwest on Highway 17 to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal
Total estimated driving time: about 40 minutes

Driving instructions from Vancouver International Airport:
Look for destination signs leaving the airport terminal and follow Highway 99 South to Highway 17.
Follow Highway 17 to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal
Total estimated driving time: about 25 minutes

Driving Instructions from the Fraser Valley (Chilliwack):
Highway 1 westbound to Fort Langley
Take Exit 66 to Highway 10
Highway 10 west to highway terminus at Highway 17
Left on Highway 17 to Tsawwassen ferry terminal
Total estimated driving time from Chilliwack: approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes

Driving Instructions from Whistler:
Highway 99 southbound past Horseshoe Bay, connecting to Highway 1 East
Take Taylor Way Exit
Cross Lions Gate Bridge
Continue through Stanley Park and onto Georgia Street
Turn right at Howe Street
Cross Granville Street Bridge
Turn left at 70th Ave
Right at Oak Street (Highway 99 South)
Continue through George Massey Tunnel
Exit onto Highway 17 to Tsawwassen ferry terminal
Total estimated driving time: approximately 2 hrs 30 minutes

Driving instructions from Seattle:
I-5 North to the Canadian border
In British Columbia, I-5 becomes Highway 99
Highway 99 to Highway 10
West on Highway 10 to Highway 17
Southwest on Highway 17 to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal
Total estimated driving time: about 2 hrs 30 minutes

For bus travel between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria via BC Ferries, call Pacific Coach Lines.

Circle Tours involve exciting rail, road and ferry trips on BC Ferries, which is half the fun of travelling in British Columbia. Scenic highways flank the coast, taking you through charming beachside communities, rolling farmlands and majestic mountain ranges. Start your journey here and now, by selecting from one of the Circle Tours, designed to assist you in planning your journey by road through beautiful British Columbia.

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