Travel Planning

Majestic Ocean Kayaking is located in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

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We would really like to meet you the night before your tour departs. Please call ahead and let us know your estimated arrival time in Ucluelet. We would like to welcome you and give you some instructions on how to best pack for your trip. We will give you some water proof bags to put your clothes and belongings in. If there are any specific items that we are supplying for you such as a sleeping pad then we will confirm this with you now so as to save time in the morning. We want to be sure that you do have everything that you require for a comfortable trip. Please see the 'About Ucluelet' section of our website for some suggestions on where to stay, where to eat and some ideas for other things to do while in Ucluelet.

Getting to Vancouver Island and Ucluelet, British Columbia

By Ferry

Vancouver Island is accessed from mainland British Columbia and Washington State in the U.S. by ferry service. BC Ferries provides year round vehicle and walk-on ferry service. There are three options for ferry routes to the Island from Vancouver.

From Vancouver, ferries go to either Victoria or Nanaimo. Nanaimo is closer to Ucluelet. There are 2 ferry terminals in both Vancouver and Nanaimo. If you are traveling from south of Vancouver take the Tsawwassen – Duke Point (South of Nanaimo) route, which has a sailing time of approximatley 2 hours. If you are coming through Vancouver (or from North of Vancouver), take the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay (North of Nanaimo) route, which has a sailing time of approximatley 1 hour and 35 minutes. If you want to come into Victoria rather than Nanaimo take the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay (Victoria) route which has a sailing time of approximatley 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Sailing times and schedules can be found on the BC Ferries website.  

If you are travelling from the USA you can take ferries from Anacortes, Port Angeles and Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC. Victoria is on the south end of Vancouver island.Departing from Port Angeles you can take the The MV Coho which is a car and walk-on ferry that runs year round. From Anacortes you can take the year round vehicle and passenger ferry. From Seattle you can take the Victoria Clipper year round passenger only ferry.

Map of Vancouver Island and the ferry terminals, showing Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Ucluelet.

By Air

Island Express offers passenger flights between Victoria and Tofino and Ucluelet

Tofino Air offers floatplan service between Vancouver, Nanaimo, Tofino and Ucluelet

Orca Air offers passenger flights between Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino and Ucluelet

By Bus

Travel Directions from Vancouver by bus to Ucluelet - Updated March 2016

Two ways to get to Ucluelet from Vancouver Airport.

Option 1: Sky train from Vancouver Airport to bus station Vancouver. Take the bus from Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay across on the Ferry to Nanaimo, it continues on to Ucluelet. (click here to check schedule time)

Here is the map and information to the bus station Vancouver

Catch the Tofino Bus at the Vancouver bus station, 1150 Station Street, Vancouver.

Meet the bus at Vancouver Bus Station it takes you across on the Ferry to Nanaimo and then on to arrive in Ucluelet. Check the schedule – this only goes a few times per week. You could stay overnight in Nanaimo or Port Alberni and catch the bus the next day.


Option 2: Taxi from Vancouver Airport to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, costs about $50.00. There is always a lineup of taxi’s waiting at the airport.

Take the Tsawwassen Ferry to Duke Point Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo. Take a shuttle into the bus station/Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo. Take the bus to Ucluelet.

Ferry Departure times from Tsawwassen to Duke Point (check your dates on the schedule here)

Click here to reserve the Shuttle from Duke Point to bus station/ferry terminal in Nanaimo, do this in advance.
Bus departure times from Nanaimo bus/Departure Bay ferry terminal to Port Alberni and Ucluelet. (Click here to see the schedule)

By Car

Ucluelet is 182 km (113 miles) from Nanaimo on highway 4, approximately a 2.5-3 hour drive. Ucluelet is 293km (182miles) from Victoria on highway 1 and then highway 4, approximatley a 4-5 hour drive.

Some of the towns along the way are Parksville, Coombs, and Port Alberni. Drive through Port Alberni on Johnstone Road, go to the end of Johnstone Road and turn right on River Road. You can fuel up at the Petro Canada or the Tempo on River Road. The last full service station and store between Port Alberni and Ucluelet is the Tseshaht Market, where you can fill-up, pick up supplies, and grab a bite to eat. They also have a picnic and rest area, and a Tseshaht First Nation Totem Pole Garden.

Once in Ucluelet

Once in Ucluelet please telephone us, or drop by our Booking office & Kayaking Center. Follow Penninsula road through town until you pass the two schools. Turn left on Marine Drive & go 2 blocks towards the water, you will see our signs. We are located at the end of Marine at 1167 Helen Road and are well signposted throughout town.

Link to a Map of Ucluelet

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