Arriving at VIA

VIA Location MapVancouver Island Academy and Waterfront campus residence is located approximately 15km (a 20 minute drive) from the Nanaimo Airport (YCD) and a 5 minute drive from downtown Nanaimo and the Departure Bay ferry terminal.

Arriving in Nanaimo

By Air
Students traveling to Canada from overseas by air should book their airline ticket to Nanaimo Airport (YCD). Students will change planes at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). There are 20 minute flights from Vancouver to Nanaimo Airport.

By Ferry
There are two car/passenger ferries from Vancouver to Nanaimo.

  1. from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Departure Bay, close to downtown Nanaimo. (Recommended.)
  2. from Tsawwassen (South Vancouver) to Duke Point, south of Nanaimo.

For more information visit BC Ferries.

Arrival Services

If students do not have a connecting flight to Nanaimo Airport (YCD) from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and would like assistance to any of the ferry services (BC Ferries), or harbour to harbour float planes, please contact Beaton’s Meet and Greet. Beaton’s will be happy to meet students at the exit of the arrivals area at YVR and transport them to the ferry or float plane service.

Click here for a detailed map of Nanaimo