All ferries from Nanaimo to Vancouver
When traveling to Vancouver from Nanaimo, there are two options. You can leave from Departure Bay or leave from Duke Point.
The choice depends on the port you want to arrive:
- From Duke Point, your ferry to Tsawwassen: South of Vancouver.
- From Departure Bay, your ferry to Horseshoe Bay: North-West of Vancouver.
One important thing to mention here: The drive from Horseshoe Bay to the Vancouver city center (and all the Hotels) is way more convenient than the route from Tsawwassen. This means the Departure Bay connection is the better option here.
One answer from a review website regarding this topic: If you can choose one of the two ferries, go for Horseshoe Bay. It's faster, more frequent, more to see, and easier to drive to the hotels via Memorial Second Narrows Bridge.
We fact-checked this review and noticed that the ‘more frequent' part is not that relevant anymore since they both have the same amount of departures per day at the moment.
When you take the route from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay, remember to stop by the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver! Also, check our guide regarding traveling from Victoria to Vancouver.
Ferry from Departure Bay to Vancouver
In just under 2 hours you will reach Horseshoe Bay, and in 20 minutes you would be at your hotel in Vancouver!
Parking at Departure Bay: Long-stay (not covered) parking is C$12.50 per day. There is quite some space at the ferry terminal long stay parking.
Passing the Strait of Georgia:
Ferry from Duke Point to Vancouver
Duke Point is only a half hour away from downtown Nanaimo. From there you can reach Tsawwassen (South Vancouver) in just under 2 hours. The ferry is a tiny bit slower than the one from Departure Bay.
Parking at Duke Point: Long-stay (not covered) parking is C$12.50 per day. There is quite some space at the ferry terminal in Duke Point. It's also possible to park along the highway for free be careful though, we've seen some smashed windows there before.
Duke Point to the South of Victoria
Frequently Asked Questions
It's a ‘North or South' question, all over the world ferry lines this similar are rare.
Swim =) No, it's easy to go cheap if you are using a ticket comparison service. We offer this through our booking engine above.
BC Ferries has an above-average fleet of ferries. Especially for kids, the reviews are positive. Lately though due to problems with hiring people and such the service has dropped a bit on the ferries. But that can change per month and vessel.