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Getting Here

There are multiple ways to get to Tofino. The quickest would be to fly directly to Tofino Marina or Tofino’s Long Beach Airport (YAZ). If you are driving during the summer peak season we highly recommend that you pre-book your Ferry crossings to ensure you make the sailing you want, it is well worth the small fee!

Driving takes a little longer but offers some spectacular scenery along the way.

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FERRIES TO THE ISLAND

Vancouver to Nanaimo

*all drivers must pass through Nanaimo*

By far the most common way to get to Tofino is by car. Visitors arriving in Vancouver by plane can rent a vehicle from YVR airport and take a BC Ferry from one of two locations close to Vancouver.

The recommended Ferry would be from Horseshoe Bay located North of Vancouver, which has a 2 hour sailing that arrives at Departure Bay in Nanaimo.

Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal is south of Vancouver and with a 2 hour sailing it arrives at Duke point which is 20 minutes south of Nanaimo. There is also a ferry to Swartz Bay which is 30 minutes north of Victoria (which is 2.5 hours south of Nanaimo and not recommended).

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Nanaimo to Tofino

step by step

  • Travel North on Highway 19 for 43Km (26 miles)

  • Take exit 60 onto Highway 4 (known as the Pacific Rim Highway).

  • On Highway 4 travel West for 156 kilometres (97 miles).

  • Recommended to stop at Cathedral Grove for an amazing walk through the forest.

  • Drive through Port Alberni until you reach a final junction at the bottom of a the hill, take a right at this junction.

  • Keep following that road West until you arrive at the Tofino/Ucluelet junction.

  • Turn right at the Tofino/Ucluelet junction and drive north towards Tofino for 28 kilometres (17 miles). You will drive right through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

  • Your overall travel time from Nanaimo to Tofino will range between 2.5 and 3 hours.

Safe travels!

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SAVE YOURSELF SOME TIME BY...

Flying from YVR South Terminal

If you wish to fly directly to Tofino, Pacific Coastal Airlines offers flights with some stunning views from YVR’s South Terminal to Long Beach Airport (YAZ) in Tofino, 7 days a week. It is best to book sooner rather than later for this option, as the 45-minute flight can be weather dependent and are very popular, so check their website and give them a call. 

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Flying from
Downtown Vancouver

An unique experience on its own

Harbour Air Seaplanes has a stunning route from Vancouver right to our dock at Tofino Resort and Marina which is just a 5 minute drive from the Retreat. This is a 45 minute flight over one of the most beautiful landscapes in British Columbia, the cost is a little more expensive than Pacific Coastal Airlines but the experience is truly amazing.

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