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Victoria Travel Guide

Getting Victoria



Victoria by Air


Several provincial airlines as well as Air Canada fly to Victoria, though it's an expensive way to make the journey if you're only coming from Vancouver. Open return fares from Vancouver typically run to around $140, excursion fares around $100. If you are going to fly, however, it's more fun and more direct to fly from Vancouver harbour to Victoria harbour by helicopter or float plane.

Ferries From The United States


Travellers from the United States have several options. Coach and ferry inclusive arrangements are offered by Gray Lines of Seattle, who operate a once-daily service in each direction between Seattle and Victoria (currently leaves 5.30am; $39 one-way, $70 return; tel 250/344-5248, 206/626-5208 or 1-800/544-0739). Washington State Ferries, 2499 Ocean Ave, Sidney (in Victoria tel 250/381-1551 or 250/656-1531 in Sidney, in Seattle tel 206/464-6400 or 1-888/808-7977 in Washington only) runs ferries from Anacortes, ninety minutes north of Seattle, to Sidney, thirty minutes (and 30km) north of Victoria (summer 2 daily in each direction, winter 1 daily; 3hr-3hr 30min), with one of the two summer departures travelling via Orcas and Friday Harbor on the San Juan Islands.

Victoria by Car From British Columbia


BC Ferries operates four routes to the island across the Georgia Strait from mainland British Columbia (tel 1-888/223-3779 from anywhere in BC; otherwise tel 604/444-2890 or tel 250/386-3431 in Vancouver, Victoria or outside BC, www.bcferries.com ). Reservations on all routes are essential in summer if you want to avoid long waits, and can be made up to 90 minutes prior to sailing. The most direct and heavily used by Victoria-Vancouver passengers is the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay connection, the route used by Pacific Coach Lines' buses.




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