Once you’re on Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is only a 1 1/4 hour drive north from Nanaimo or a 2 1/2 hour drive from Victoria. Travelling the scenic oceanside route of Highway 19A, you’ll pass the Buckley Bay ferry terminal for sailings to Denman Island and Hornby Island, and travel through the seaside communities of Fanny Bay, Union Bay, and Royston as you approach Courtenay, the largest urban centre in the Comox Valley.
Or, once you’re north of Nanaimo you can also follow Highway 19 and take Exit 117 onto the Comox Valley Parkway. Take the first right onto Minto Road, then turn right onto Small Road to find the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre. Our trained staff at the Visitor’s Desk can book your accommodation in many Comox Valley hotels, motels, and hostels and help with directions to Comox Valley campgrounds and RV Parks in Courtenay, Comox, or Cumberland. You can also learn more about tours and attractions in the Comox Valley, and the special vacation packages available at local resorts and spas.
Coming from the North Island? The Comox Valley is only a 3 1/4 hour drive from Port Hardy. Highway 19 Exit numbers 87, 101, 117, 127, 130 and 144 will lead you to various points in the Comox Valley.
Regular ferry service links the British Columbia Mainland and Washington State to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Riding a ferry provides an opportunity to stretch your legs, enjoy a meal, browse the gift shop and observe marine traffic and wildlife. It is a mini-cruise in the middle of your vacation.
BC Ferry terminals on Vancouver Island are located in Victoria (Swartz Bay) and Nanaimo (Departure Bay or Duke Point) with ferry service to/from the Vancouver area, Comox with ferry service to/from Powell River on the Sunshine Coast, and Port Hardy with service from Prince Rupert via the Inside Passage (www.bcferries.ca).
Contact BC Ferries at 1-888-223-3779 for route information and reservations.
- Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (Victoria)
- Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Duke Point (Nanaimo)
- Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo)
- Westview (Powell River) to Little River (Comox)
- Prince Rupert to Port Hardy Bella Coola to Port Hardy
From Washington State, you can travel to Vancouver Island via several routes. Follow the links for schedules and information.
- Victoria & San Juan Cruises: Bellingham to Victoria (package tour)
- Victoria Clipper: Seattle to Victoria (passenger only)
- M.V. Coho: Port Angeles to Victoria
- Washington Ferries: Anacortes to Sidney (Victoria)
The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is centrally located, providing easy access to all points on central and northern Vancouver Island with daily direct flights from major cities including Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton with connections beyond. For information on airlines, car rentals, and other services provided by the Comox Valley Airport, visit www.comoxairport.com.
Pacific Coastal Airlines and Central Mountain Air will offer convenient transportation to and from Vancouver. Call Pacific Coastal 1-800-663-2872 or Central Mountain Air 1-888-865-8585 for schedules and reservations.
Air Canada will be offering flights to and from Vancouver beginning May 1, 2015. Call Air Canada 1 (888) 247-2262 for schedules and reservations.
WestJet Airlines operates flights from Comox to Calgary with connections to Edmonton and many points east. Call WestJet at 1-888-937-8538 or 1-800-538-5696 for schedule information.
Harbour Air offers harbour to harbour flights between the downtown Vancouver terminal and the Comox Bay Marina. Call 1-800-347-2222 for reservations and schedules. Harbour to harbour floatplane service is available between downtown Vancouver and the Comox Valley Marina (www.westcoastair.com).
Kenmore Air offers non-stop flights to and from Seattle Boeing Field to the Campbell River Airport, which is 35 minutes north of the Comox Valley. Call 1-866-435-9524 for reservations and schedules.
Those travelling to the Comox Valley by boat will find a full range of facilities including moorage, showers, restaurants and shops adjacent to the Comox Marina. Contact the Comox Valley Harbour Authority at 250-339-6041 for more information.
Daily Greyhound bus service connects all parts of Vancouver Island with the Mainland. Throughout the Comox Valley and surrounding areas, local bus and 24 hour taxi services are provided. Airport shuttle, limousine services and other private bus and transportation service options are also available.