Travel Directions

Travelling to Vancouver Island

Fossil Bay Resort is located on Vancouver Island, about 60 km (37 mi.) west of Victoria BC. Vancouver Island can be reached by car ferries, by passenger ferries and by air.


Car Ferries to South Vancouver Island:

BC Ferries operates car ferries between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay. If you want to avoid possible waiting times it is advisable to make a reservation. Generally, ferries are scheduled to run in one hour intervals in summer and two hours intervals in winter, starting at 7 am until 9 pm.
Washington State Ferries runs one or two car ferries a day between Anacortes, WA and Sidney, BC, except for the winter months. It is also advisable to make reservations.
The ferry serice is suspended at the time of writing because of Covid-19, so check their website!
Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho between Victoria BC and Port Angeles WA on the Olympic Peninsula. As this route is also often very busy it is a good idea to make a reservation.

Airlines arriving at Victoria Airport (YYJ):

Victoria Airport is served by Air Canada, WestJet, United Express and several smaller airlines. International flights with most major airlines can be booked to Victoria, usually either via Vancouver or Seattle. Air Canada, which is a Star Alliance member, offers direct flights from several Canadian cities.

Airlines arriving at Victoria Harbour:

Harbour Air offers flights between Victoria and Vancouver harbours, and Kenmore Air flies between Seattle and Victoria Inner Harbour Seaplane Base (YWH). HeliJet Airways has regular helicopter flights between downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport and the Victoria harbour.

Passenger Ferry to South Vancouver Island:

All car ferries accept also foot passengers, but there is also a passenger only ferry to Victoria: Victoria Clipper operates year round high-speed catamarans between Seattle's Pier 69 and Victoria's Inner Harbour. In spring 2016 Victoria Clipper will also add a ferry service between Victoria and Vancouver.

Connections to the Mid- and North-Island:

Vancouver Island can also be reached by car ferries to Nanaimo, Comox,and Port Hardy, as well as by air travel to Nanaimo and several other smaller airports.

Driving Directions to Fossil Bay Resort

For detailed driving directions to Fossil Bay Resort please click the appropriate link which will open Bing Maps in a new window. Please wait for the window to build up. Beware: Most GPS do not work in the Shirley - Jordan River area! There is no gas station west of Sooke, so make sure you have enough fuel!

Driving Directions from the Car Ferries:

- driving directions from Swartz Bay to Fossil Bay Resort, arriving from mainland (Tsawwassen)
(87.6 km - about 1 hour 22 min w/o traffic)
- driving directions from Vancouver Airport via Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay to Fossil Bay Resort
(161.6 km - about 3 hours 47 min w/o traffic )
- driving directions from Sidney to Fossil Bay Resort, arriving from Washington State (Anacortes)
(82.4 km - about 1 hour 21 min w/o traffic)
- driving directions from Victoria to Fossil Bay Resort, arriving from Washington State (Port Angeles)
(66.1 km - about 1 hour 11 min w/o traffic)

Driving Directions from Victoria Airport:

Avis, Budget, Hertz and National Car Rental have counters in the arrival area.
- driving directions from Victoria Airport to Fossil Bay Resort
(82.3 km - about 1 hour 21 min w/o traffic)

Driving Directions from Victoria:

Avis, Budget, Hertz and National Car Rental have offices in downtown or midtown locations.
- driving directions from Victoria, Douglas St. (Mayfair Mall) to Fossil Bay Resort
(62.6 km - about 1 hour 3 min w/o traffic)
To visit Fossil Bay Resort without a car, one can take a bus to Sooke and then a taxi for the last 25km (Sooke Harbour Taxi 250-642-7900). For detailed information about public transportation in Greater Victoria consult the website of BC Transit.

Travelling from Vancouver Airport (YVR) by Bus:

Tourists using charter flights arrive at Vancouver Airport. Most will book a connector flight or rent a car in Vancouver, but there is also the possibility of taking a BC Ferries Connector bus, which leaves several times daily just outside the international arrival area to downtown Victoria.

Driving Directions from Up Island:

- driving directions from Nanaimo to Fossil Bay Resort
(147.9 km - about 2 hours 13 min min w/o traffic)