Moving to Victoria: Victoria Transit and Day Trips Around Victoria and Vancouver Island

TRAVELLING AROUND VICTORIA

Transit

Victoria has many transit options for the traveler.  From Victoria you have easy access to take a Plane, Bus or Ferry.  The Victoria International Airport is a short distance north of Victoria on the Saanich Peninsula, serviced by airlines such as Westjet, Air Canada and Alaskan Airlines.  A short Air Canada, Westjet or Alaskan Air connection into Vancouver, Calgary or Seattle puts the world at your feet.

There are many other affordable smaller airline options, like hopping a float plane from Victoria harbour and flying into downtown Seattle or downtown Vancouver.  A great experience!

Regular daily ferry service from the end of the Saanich Peninsula will get you to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver on the mainland.   Take your car, RV or just hop on as a foot passenger.  The ferry is a great way to leave from or return back to the island.  From the inner harbour downtown, you can hop one of two ferries destined for the US.  The Coho, or Black Ball ferry can take you and your car to Port Angeles on the Olympic Penninsula in Washington.  If you want to travel to Seattle, the Victoria Clipper travels between downtown Victoria and downtown Seattle in just under 3 hours.

In the city there is an excellent bus service running from the tip of the Saanich Peninsula all the way out to Sooke, stopping at all points in-between.  You can also take the bus to the Victoria Airport and to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal if you are travelling off island. There are even double-decker buses on many of the routes. 

The rates for all locations serviced by Victoria transit are:

  • Adult, Senior & Youth - $2.50
  • Children under 6 travel at no cost

Bulk tickets (10) along with monthly and daily passes are available at reduced rates.
For more information on travelling by bus, visit the Victoria Regional Transit System site at:  http://www.transitbc.com/regions/vic/

Travelling by bus up island, or to Vancouver is easily done.  Pacific Coach offers daily runs into Vancouver.  You can also take the Tofino Bus Island Express or the Greyhound for travelling up Island.

Day Trips from Victoria

Victoria is a great city.  There is so much to see and do that it is hard to imagine wanting to be somewhere else.  But if you do decide to hop in your car and head out of town for a change of scenery, there are lots of things to do outside of Victoria.

Great day trips from Victoria include:

  • Touring the Peninsula – Check out West Saanich Drive and Old West Saanich Drive and visit numerous farms, wineries, Butchart Gardens, the Butterfly Gardens and more.
  • Go on a Wine tour, on the Peninsula or up Island.
  • Travel up island and visit towns such as: Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Comox, Courtenay and Campbell River. They each offer something special and unique.
  • Further afield on the island you have the West Coast of Vancouver Island: Tofino, Uclulet and Pacific Rim National Park (about 4 hours from Victoria – so not for the faint of heart drivers for a single day trip, but you can always spend the night!)
  • Hop on a ferry and visit the southern Gulf Islands, such as Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Saturna, Thetis, Galiano or Gabriola Island.
  • Head to the US for the week-end or overnight stay, and visit towns like: Seattle, Port Angeles or Anacortes

If you want to do overnight stays, your field of travel increases further.  Consider visiting the Sunshine Coast.  From there you can visit Powell River, and travel up the coast to Lund, the gateway to Desolation Sound.  You can ferry over to Savory Island and lounge about on the beach.  South from Powell River you can take a ferry and travel further down the coast to Sechelt and Gibsons.  For those of you who remember the television show “The Beachcombers”, Gibsons was the location for filming this series.

Head to the north end of the Island and visit Telegraph Cove, Port McNeil and Port Hardy.  Hop a ferry from Port Hardy and take an incredibly scenic ferry ride through the Inside Passage up to Prince Rupert.  From there you can head on to Haida Gwai, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.

As you can tell, the travelling you can do, based from Victoria, is nothing short of spectacular.  Mountains, rivers, ocean, beaches, beautiful towns set in picture perfect settings and more.  Once here, you will be able to discover some of the most beautiful places imaginable.

 

Moving to Victoria Information:

The Lingo of Victoria

Things To Do In Victoria

The Weather in Victoria

Moving to Victoria

BC Home Inspectors

BC Taxes