Onward travel connections

The following information is provided using the most up-to-date information available to us.

Times of connecting services may be subject to change at short notice,  so we do recommend that you check with the operator concerned in case any alterations have been made.


BC Ferries routes serving Nanaimo

Protection Island Ferry – operated by the Dinghy Dock Pub

Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) Ferry – operated by Snuneymuxw First Nation

Local Public Transit

Gabriola Community Bus Services – operated by GERTIE

Nanaimo Transit Services – operated by Nanaimo Regional Transit

Inter-city buses on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Connector – Tofino Bus

Shuttle Services from Departure Bay ferry terminal – operated by Island Link Bus

Flight connections (by seaplane or helicopter)

The South Terminal Shuttle bus at YVR now serves the Richmond Floatplane Dock for transfers to and from the YVR Main Terminal. Download the South Terminal Shuttle Schedule here

Direct seaplane flights from Gabriola – operated by Gulf Island Seaplanes

Seaplane flight connections from Nanaimo Harbour – operated by Harbour Air

Seaplane flight connections from Nanaimo Harbour – operated by Sunshine Coast Air

Helicopter flight connections from Nanaimo Waterfront Heliport – operated by Helijet

Seaplane flight connections from Departure Bay – operated by Seair Seaplanes

Seasonal seaplane flight connections from Departure Bay – operated by Kenmore Air

  • Nanaimo (Departure Bay) – Seattle (Lake Washington) flights operate daily between May 18 and September 17. Flight time to/from Nanaimo – 1hr 15m. Passport required.

The FAC does not guarantee the accuracy of this information, nor do the various operators guarantee that connections will be held in the event of service delays.