How To Get To Port McNeill

By Land:

Port McNeill (pop.2623) is located on the Northeast coast of Vancouver Island. From Victoria it takes about six hours to drive the 460 kilometers north to Port McNeill on Highway # 19. From the Nanaimo ferry, follow the signs to the highway and then drive for four hours. The journey from Campbell River, the half-way point, is approximately 2 hours.

You can also catch a bus to Port McNeill from Nanaimo and Vancouver. To view the schedule, go to the Greyhound website. The 5:30 am departures from Victoria and Vancouver arrive in Port McNeill by 3:00 pm.

If you're without a vehicle and departing Victoria, a most interesting way to travel is to catch the VIA Rail train that departs Victoria Johnston Street Bridge Terminal at 8:00 am. Relax and enjoy the climb over the Malahat, across trestle bridges, through tunnels & forests, farm fields and peoples' back yards to disembark at Courtenay about 12:30 pm. Then you can rent a car at Budget Car Rentals (they will pick you up at the Courtenay train station, no problem) or catch the Greyhound bus to Port McNeill. Depending on the train and bus schedules you may have to overnight in Courtenay to do this.

By Sea:

From Vancouver, take BC Ferries to Nanaimo from Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay. One can drive from Nanaimo to Port McNeill in less than 4 hours. Or you can catch the Greyhound bus from Nanaimo to Port McNeill

From Seattle, drive north to either Port Angeles on Highway 99 (take the M.V. Coho Blackball Transport to Victoria) or Vancouver on Highway I -5. Then take BC Ferries to Nanaimo from Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay. Once in Victoria or Nanaimo, you can drive north to Port McNeill as described above.

By Air:

Port Hardy is the closest commercial airport with flights from Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and many coastal communities. Air Carriers include Pacific Coastal Airlines and Air Canada.

WestJet Airlines operates nonstop flights between Comox and Calgary, with connections to other WestJet serviced airports out of Calgary.

Kenmore Air and Northwest Seaplanes offer scheduled flights from Seattle to Port McNeill.

North America: 1.800.255.5057 - UK: 0.800.051.6364 - Australia: 1.800.143.454

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"One of the Best Holidays of My Life"

Tuesday, February 9 2016

Here's a fantastic comment we received from Ann after her kayak vacation last August, her second Vancouver Island Kayak tour.

Scott, As we spoke earlier I can't thank you enough for being the facilitator in what truly has to be the best or at at least one of the best holidays of my life.  I only say one as my husband is not here and I wish he could have experienced the wonders of British Columbia nature first hand.

I had two wonderful but very different kayak trips.  The first to the Broken Island Group and the second up here in Port Mc Neil.  I enjoyed both for different reasons.  Different geographies. Wildlife and also fellow travellers on the trip but both wonderfully well organised and the natural beauty of this place speaks for itself. more