Getting Here: Options & Directions
There are a number of ways to reach Vancouver Island and Two Eagles Lodge.
The most commonly used are the two BC Ferry terminals north and south of Vancouver BC. However, there are also ferry terminals at Port Angeles and Anacortes Washington. As well there are more remote ferry terminals at Powell River and Prince Rupert BC that connect to Vancouver Island.
Connecting flights to Vancouver Island airports are available from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton International airports. US customers can fly in to Sea-Tac airport. As well a small airport at Courtenay BC for private planes. (Please note the Courtenay Airport is not a port of entry, check with Canada Customs before flying into Canada.)
By land from the US
Via BC Ferry
The closest land entry point to Canada from western Washington State is the Peace Arch in Blaine Washington (North on I5). Dedicated in 1921, it symbolizes the bond of friendship between Canada and the United States. The Peace Arch crossing is the second busiest border crossing between Canada and the US. Be prepared for delays on US and Canadian holidays. (See travel tips for Canadian holidays.)
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Once you have crossed the border, stay on Highway 99 and follow the signs to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.( Show on map )
There are two ferries to Vancouver Island from the Tsawwassen terminal. The southern route takes you past the BC capital of Victoria. If you have the time, Victoria offers all the charm of a small British city. The ferry ride to Victoria takes you past many small island and spectacular scenery.
A faster route is via the Nanaimo, Duke Point ferry terminal. Located just south of Nanaimo it connects directly to the Island Highway, the main north-south highway on Vancouver Island.
Via Port Angeles Washington
A scenic alternative to the BC Ferry route, the Port Angeles ferry avoids the lineups at the Peace Arch crossing. Reached by a pleasant drive through the Olympia National Park, the ferry docks in downtown Victoria right across from the BC parliament buildings.
Via Anacortes (Seattle) Washington
Leaving Anacortes, just north of Seattle, this ferry goes through the San Jaun Islands docking in Sydney, just outside Victoria.. . . close
By Air from the US and Canada
There two major airports on the mainland close to Vancouver Island. Sea-Tac, between Seattle and Tacoma Washington is the major center for the US Pacific North West. In addition to International flights it is the hub for most US carriers. Vancouver International Airport handles all Canadian international flights as well as the major Canadian carriers
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Vancouver Island has two major airports Victoria and Comox. Victoria Airport has regular flights to Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Comox Airport offers flights to Calgary and Edmonton. In addition a number of small airports have services for private aircraft. The closest to Two Eagles is the Campbell River airport which as connecting flights to Seattle via Kenmore Air and Vancouver via Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines.
Rental cars are available from all major airports and rentals can be arranged for those landing at one of the smaller airports.
The Tsawwassen ferry terminal is the closest to Vancouver International Airport (Show on map ), and is the easiest ferry to access for those arriving at Sea-Tac( Show on map )
If you are flying to Vancouver Island, the drive from Victoria Airport take approx. 3 hours (Show on map ) while Comox Airport is just a 30 min. drive away (Show on map ).. . . close
By Land From Eastern Canada
Take the Trans Canada Highway west from Hope. If you are coming to Vancouver Island stay via Horseshoe Bay and the Nanaimo Departure Bay Terminal, stay on the Trans Canada all the way. If you are coming via the Tsawwassen ferry terminal there are two routes you can take.
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Signage on the Trans Canada will direct you to the #10 highway via Langley and Cloverdale. We don't recommend that route for people new to the area. There is ongoing construction along that route. Instead continue west to the #40 exit for the Burnette South towards New Westminster, BC 91A South and 99 South. This is the route shown on the map.. . . close
Expect delays at all the ferry terminals on Canadian and US holidays. Check the BC Ferries website for delays and other sailing information.
Holidays: The dates of many of these holidays varies from year to year. Check online for the exact date.
- New Year (US & Canada)
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Day ( U.S )
- President's Day (US)
- Good Friday (Canada)
- Easter Monday (Canada)
- Victoria Day (Canada)
- Memorial Day (US)
- Canada Day - July 1st
- Independence Day July 4th
- Canadian Civic Holiday - first Monday in August
- Labor Day (US & Canada)
- Canadian Thanksgiving
- Memorial Day / Rememberance Day (US & Canada)
- US Thanksgiving
- Christmas (US & Canada)
- Boxing Day - Dec 26th (Canada)