Getting Here by Sea

Campbell River is a boaters’ haven with a range of services and facilities, including moorage, for you and your craft. Before heading to sea, consult up-to-date tide tables and marine charts to familiarize yourself with the waterways around Campbell River.

Whether you’re headed to the beach, going fishing, or for a leisurely boat cruise it’s always good to know where the tides are at.

View a 7 day Tide Table to plan for your water excursion.


Private boats and yachts are welcomed at the many local marinas located in Campbell River and other destinations with ocean access throughout the North Central Island region. With the capacity to handle everything up to Alaskan cruise ships, nautical visitors will find plenty of safe anchorages throughout the Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound, or Nootka Sound on the Pacific coast.


BC Ferries Campbell River to Quadra Route
BC Ferries Campbell River to Quadra Route

Ferries to Vancouver Island

With onboard restaurants and breath-taking scenery, taking the ferries is like going on a miniature cruise! Water-taxis are readily available to take you around to places that are otherwise inaccessible.

Bringing a vehicle to Vancouver Island is easy from either British Columbia’s Mainland or Washington State. In British Columbia, BC Ferries runs scheduled trips between various location on the BC Mainland and Vancouver Island. Victoria Clipper (passengers only), MV Coho, and Washington State Ferries operate between Washington and Victoria. Crossing times are approximate.


BC Ferries

A variety of crossing options and times will enable the water traveler to get to Vancouver Island. The crossings between Vancouver Island and BC’s Lower Mainland can last from about 95 minutes to two hours, depending on which route you choose. The BC Ferries website has plenty of options and information to assist you with your travels.

 MV Coho

Providing a scenic passage, linking Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula, Black Ball Ferry Line is a vehicle and passenger ferry, providing year round daily service. The MV Coho ferry carries vehicles and passengers between Port Angeles WA and Victoria BC.

Washington State Ferries

It’s a beautiful journey aboard a Washington State Ferry as your car ferry sails from Anacortes through the San Juan Islands to Sidney, B.C. on Vancouver Island.. This 2-3 hour cruise provides beautiful scenery, picture opportunities and views of island living.

Victoria Clipper

Your exhilarating Vancouver Island  vacation begins when you board a Victoria Clipper high-speed catamaran at Pier 69 in downtown Seattle. As you travel through Puget Sound and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, your sights will be filled with the glorious Olympic mountains, quaint island villages, and blue skies! You’ll arrive in downtown Victoria’s Inner Harbour where the sightseeing begins as you step off the boat!


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