The Body and the Page Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 26-28 July, 2018

Getting Here: Travel to Victoria

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, Canada, and is located on Vancouver Island, 44 km from the coast of mainland British Columbia. There is no bridge to Vancouver Island from the mainland, but there is a ferry service that runs between the Port of Tsawwassen on the mainland and Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island (40 minutes outside of Victoria), as well as an international airport on Vancouver Island, also 40 minutes outside of Victoria.

Delegates travelling from anywhere outside Canada, including the US, will need a valid passport. You may also need a Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization. See the Government of Canada website for more information.

By Air

The Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is located approximately 30 minutes from the University of Victoria and 45 minutes from downtown Victoria. Flights arrive daily from across Canada, the US, and Europe.

For getting to and from the airport, we recommend the YYJ Airport Shuttle; you may need to call and confirm a shuttle spot or time. The cost is $25 CAD for one adult; less if you are traveling in a group of two or more. Specific fares and schedules can be found on their website. A taxi to downtown Victoria hotels from the airport will cost approximately $60 CAD.

Float plane service is available from Vancouver (Harbour Air) and Seattle (Kenmore Air) to Victoria's Inner Harbour. Helicopter service between Vancouver and Victoria's downtown Inner Harbour is also available (HeliJet).

By Sea

There are regular ferries from Vancouver to Victoria. The ferry takes 1 hour and 35 minutes from dock to dock. It leaves from the Port of Tsawwassen, approximately 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver, and docks in Swartz Bay, approximately 40 minutes by ground travel from UVic or downtown Victoria.

Pacific Coach offers a bus service between downtown Vancouver or the Vancouver Airport and downtown Victoria 3 times per day. This trip involves boarding a bus that in turn takes the ferry from Tsawwassen on the mainland to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. Once your bus has driven onto the ferry, you are free to wander the ship, get a snack, and relax. The total trip takes approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes.

From Seattle: The Clipper Ferry from Seattle takes just under 3 hours and arrives at the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria, very close to the recommended conference hotels and about 20 minutes by ground from UVic.