Your Journey

Island life means that Nanaimo is connected to the mainland by 60 km of inland ocean (Salish Sea) That gives you two options for travel: by sea or by air.

By Sea

Without bridges connecting us to the mainland, ferries are the best option for moving here. BC Ferries services run from Tswassen (South of Vancouver) to Duke Point, and from Horseshoe Bay (North of Vancouver) to Departure Bay. Hullo ferries offer a fast walk-on service traveling from Vancouver’s downtown to Nanaimo’s in 70 minutes.

By Air

For those coming to us from across the province, country, or globe, Nanaimo’s airport, YCD, has direct flights from Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Prince George, Edmonton, and Toronto (seasonal). Our downtown lies only 10 minutes from the airport with taxis, rental car companies, rideshare services, shuttles, and buses able to take you to your new home.

Regardless of the form of transportation you choose, the journey here will give you just a sample of the wildlife, ocean scenery, and mountain ranges all within easy reach from Nanaimo.

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