Where is the
South Island

 The South Island region is woven together by a rich tapestry that includes 13 municipalities and 10 First Nation communities, located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

 Vancouver Island is approximately 100 km or 62 miles southwest of Vancouver, across the Georgia Strait.

In a quirk of geography, the South Island projects far below the 49th parallel into the United States, making it a short ferry ride from Seattle and Port Angeles, Washington.

Getting Here


By Water

You can catch 95 minute vehicle ferries between the South Island and Vancouver. There are also ferries to Seattle, the San Juan Islands, Port Angeles and Anacortes in the US.


By International Airport

Our international airport (voted #1 in customer service, and the best airport in North America under 2M passengers) has daily connections to Seattle, San Francisco, and 34 daily flights to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) where 125 direct destinations are available.


By Air (Floatplane / Heli)

There are 25 daily float planes – and even more daily helicopter flights – that take you from Victoria Harbour to Vancouver.

You can also…

  • Take the Victoria Clipper or Kenmore Air to downtown Seattle
  • Catch a floatplane from the downtown inner harbor, take a flight from our international airport, or hop on the BC Ferries for quick access to Vancouver
  • Once in Vancouver, head up to Whistler in only a few hours (voted North America’s best ski resort)
  • Drive up-island to Tofino and experience one of National Geographic’s Top 20 surf towns in the world
  • Being in the heart of Cascadia means you can hop the Coho Ferry to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula (one of Forbes ‘10 Coolest Places to Go in 2017’)