Getting to Cortes Island

Yes, we are remotely located, however a visit to our alternative community is well worth the trip. Your journey to Cortes Island, British Columbia will be fun and filled with beautiful scenery no matter what mode you choose to arrive. Watch for wildlife when driving and sea creatures are a common sight when arriving via water. The plane ride is breathtaking. There is a reason they call our province ‘Beautiful British Columbia’. Once on the island, hitchhiking is a common form of transport, as is cycling; and we are a community that still gives each other a friendly wave in passing.

By Air
 Several airlines offer scheduled flight service to Campbell River. Once in Campbell River, you can rent a car at the airport or take a seaplane to the Cortes Island. For more flight information visit Kenmore Air, NW Seaplanes & Vancouver by Pacific Coastal Airlines.

By Car From Mainland British Columbia, BC Ferries operates scheduled service from Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen to Nanaimo. From the USA, Washington State Ferries and Black Ball Transport operate a daily sailing or more depending on season.

Once arriving on Vancouver Island, drive (road trip!) north on Highway 19 to Campbell River (Victoria to Campbell River is 3.5 hours and from Nanaimo to Campbell River is 2 hours). From Campbell River, catch the ferry to Quadra Island (10 minute crossing & also a very beautiful island to visit) and follow the signs to the Cortes Island Ferry (it’s roughly a 10 minute drive across the island). Ferry service via Quadra Island will bring you to Cortes Island (45 minutes travel time).

BC Ferry Schedules For more information on ferry service in British Columbia please visit www.bcferries.com

By Water Taxi Consider arriving by a scenic boat ride with the Discovery Launch Water Taxi service from Campbell River to Cortes Island.

Travel safely and please contact us if you have any questions.

Your hosts,
Buddy & Eve Parker

Call 250-935-6363 or email us at eveparker@xplornet.ca