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Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia, on the West Coast of Canada. As a major destination and home to the province’s capital city, travel by both air and sea are easily accessible.

Getting to Victoria by Air

Victoria’s International Airport (YYJ) is located 22 km north of downtown Victoria and the conference location. Recommended flight connections for international travelers to Victoria are via:

  • Vancouver, CAN (YVR)
  • Calgary, CAN (YYC)
  • Toronto, CAN (YYZ)
  • Seattle, USA (SEA)

For the most convenient travel arrangements, ensure you book your flight straight through to Victoria.

Arrivals into Victoria

The YYJ Airport Shuttle provides frequent service between the Victoria Airport and downtown Victoria hotels. The shuttle offers spacious and comfortable vehicles, with ample room for groups or families, as well as all luggage and travel necessities. For more information or to book the shuttle, please visit their website.

Transfers through Vancouver
  • Additional airlines (ie. Pacific Coastal, Hawkair, etc.) provide service to Victoria from the South Terminal on the mainland.
  • If connecting to ground transportation for the final leg of the journey, BC Ferries Connector Bus offers regular scheduled bus service to Victoria. Departures from the airport are timed to connect with BC Ferry departures to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, north of Victoria.
  • Daily scheduled harbour to harbour float-plane service is also available to downtown Victoria from Vancouver (Coal Harbour) and Seattle (Lake Union) on a variety of carriers, including Harbour Air and Kenmore Air.

Getting to Victoria by SEA

There are four major ferry routes to Victoria.

BC Ferries from Vancouver (Tsawassen Ferry Terminal)

BC Ferries runs regularly scheduled vehicle and passenger ferries from Vancouver (Tsawassen Ferry Terminal) to Victoria (Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal). Reservations are available. Unless you have a reservation, travel is first come first served. It is recommended that you arrive at the ferry terminal a minimum of half an hour prior to sailings, and earlier if you wish to board during a popular travel time (such as Friday or Sunday evenings). For more information, reservations or to check schedules, visit www.bcferries.com.

The Victoria Clipper from Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC

The Victoria Clipper is a passenger only high-speed ferry running between Pier 69 in downtown Seattle and Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour. The trip takes between 2 & 3 hours, depending on weather conditions. Reservations are available. For more information and to view schedules and fares, or to make a reservation, visit www.victoriaclipper.com.

The Washington State Ferries from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC

Washington State Ferries sails from Anacortes (90 miles north of Seattle) to Sidney, BC (25 minutes north of Victoria). The ferry runs twice daily in the summer months, and the scenic crossing takes approximately 3 hours. This is a vehicle and passenger ferry. Vehicle reservations are recommended. To view schedules, fares, or make reservations visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.

The Coho Ferry (Blackball Transport Inc.) from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, BC

The Coho Ferry sails four times daily between Port Angeles and Victoria, arriving in Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour. This is a vehicle and passenger ferry. Reservations are available. For more information on sailing schedules and fares visit www.cohoferry.com.

International Travellers

It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you have all the travel documents necessary to enter in, or transit through, each country on your itinerary. Please ensure you verify the requirements for each country as the required documents for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required on the return.

Along with the normal travel documents required to enter Canada, additional documents may be required depending on your country of origin, even if they are used solely to land in Canada and re-board a connecting flight.

For details regarding documentation and other helpful travel information, please click here.