BC Ferries is our best transportation system to the islands. Be sure to plan ahead by checking out access options on BC Ferries website. Sometimes island connections are tricky and, during busy times, accommodators may advise you to book your ferry crossing before you book your stay.
Some pro tips from savvy local travellers
Check your ferry departure time twice (or even three times) and look for advisories on the BC Ferries website.
Make reservations for those trips that accept reservations (usually trips from the Mainland or Victoria. Arrive at least 45 minutes ahead of time or you may lose your reservations.
Allow enough time (30-60 minutes, depending on season and departure time) for those trips around the islands that don’t have an option to reserve. It’s common for ferries to fill quickly during busy times!
Enjoy your ferry wait time! You will see locals in the ferry line with picnics, knitting, or a good book. This is the time to start slowing down. You’re almost there! Enjoy the moment.
Get a BC Ferries Experience Card to get discounts on some of the inter-island routes. Order your card ahead of time and they will mail it to you. You can reload it online, anytime.
Corporate Office: 357 Old Scott Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2L9
We are grateful to live on and visit the Southern Gulf Islands and acknowledge that the lands and waters that encompass these islands have been home to Indigenous peoples since time immemorial, part of the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations and Hul’quimi’num Treaty Group.