You can fly from downtown Vancouver to Nanaimo in only 20 minutes or catch a ferry, which provides both automobile and foot passenger service frequently year-round. If you are already on Vancouver Island, take a leisurely drive up the coastline and enjoy the scenery en route!
Once you are in Metro Vancouver, catch a BC Ferries sailing from either Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay. Check the timing on the BC Ferries’ schedule as this will also determine which route is best for you.
WestJet and Air Canada both fly from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton to the Nanaimo Airport (a 30-minute drive from Fairwinds) and Comox Airport (a 60-minute drive from Fairwinds). Direct flights are available on most routes.
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Or fly into Nanaimo Harbour via seaplane, an easy and scenic flight from downtown Vancouver, Victoria or Sechelt with Harbour Air. Helijet service from downtown Vancouver to Nanaimo Harbour is also available daily.
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Nanaimo is 1.5 to 2 hours from Victoria on the Island Highway. Once you are in Nanaimo, it is only 15 minutes to Fairwinds.