There is a large island located on the west coast of Canada, in the province of British Columbia. The island is the size of a small country (32,134 km2/12,407 sq mi), so does not necessarily give the “island feel” one might expect!
The island is called Vancouver Island. But the city known as Vancouver is not located here! I know…it gets confusing.
Although Vancouver is not located here, Vancouver Island is the home of another very lovely city, and the capital of British Columbia: Victoria. Other notable cities on “the island” include Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Courtenay, Parksville and Cambell River.
So how do you get there? Well, you can either take a short 30 minute flight from Vancouver Airport (YVR) – or you can take the ferry.
The ferry from the main land departs from Tsawwassen BC Ferry Terminal – located on a three kilometre (2 mi) man-made causeway off the mainland and is less than 500 metres (550 yd) from the border with the United States.
The ferry takes you across the Strait of Georgia, in between the so called Gulf Islands – where seals, great blue heron’s and whales often hang out and provide (free) entertainment for the passengers – until you arrive in Swartz Bay, outside Victoria.
Arrival at Tsawwassen BC Ferry Terminal.
For more information about Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and BC Ferries, check out these sites: