Regular, frequent ferry and high-speed catamaran service connects the island to mainland B.C. and Washington state.

The trip itself is a holiday as the ships weave a path past myriad forested islands. Marine life, including orca (killer whales) and seals, are often spotted. Victoria's arrival points are the Inner Harbour, the town of Sidney, and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal (30 minutes from Victoria near Sidney).

FerriesB.C. Ferries
Service between Vancouver Island (Victoria) and BC Mainland (Vancouver)
Extensive passenger/vehicle ferry system linking the B.C. Mainland with Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
Hourly sailings in summer months; 7 a.m. to10 p.m., odd hours in the winter months 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Travel time between Tsawwassen (Vancouver) and Swartz Bay (Victoria) is 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Black Ball Transport - M.V. Coho
Service between Victoria and Port Angeles, Washington
Passenger/vehicle ferry service
4 daily sailings between Port Angeles and Victoria May to October
Two sailings per day March to May and October to November
One sailing per day November to February
Travel time is 1.5 hours

Victoria Clipper
Service between Victoria and Seattle, Washington
4 daily summer sailings between Seattle and Victoria
One daily sailing in winter
Passengers only
Travel time between Seattle's Pier 69 and Victoria's Inner Harbour varies from 1.45 hours to 3 hours

Washington State Ferries
Service between Vancouver Island (Sidney) and Anacortes, Washington
Anacortes, Washington to Sidney, BC (27 km/ 17 miles northeast of Victoria)
One sailing daily, minimum of two during summer
Travel time is 3 hours