Flying

Fly non-stop to Tofino-Long Beach Airport (YAZ) from Vancouver on daily scheduled flights with Pacific Coastal Airlines or into the Tofino Harbour with Harbour Air!
Feeling adventurous? Inquire with our member businesses about chartering a seaplane or a helicopter to fly to Tofino from points throughout British Columbia.

Fly – Drive Options:

You can fly to two Vancouver Island airports: Nanaimo (YCD) and Comox (YQQ); and drive 3-3.5 hours to Tofino.    Both airports are served by vehicle rental companies.

Fly daily from Calgary and Vancouver to both Nanaimo and Comox Valley airports; and from Edmonton to Comox Valley Airport.

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Bus

Frequent, year-round bus service to Tofino is available from Vancouver, Victoria and most Vancouver Island communities.

Driving

No matter what time of year you are travelling our way, keep up to date on road conditions, including events or delays that may affect your travel plans, by checking your route on DriveBC.

Vancouver Island – and Tofino – can be accessed by vehicle from the British Columbia mainland in three ways:

  1. By driving your own or a rented vehicle
  2. Custom shuttle with Pacific Rim Navigators
  3. Aboard daily scheduled trips with Tofino Bus

If driving from the British Columbia mainland, you’ll first need to sail with BC Ferries from one of two points near Vancouver to Vancouver Island:

  1. Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay:  The Horseshoe Bay terminal is north of Vancouver and this ferry route takes just under 2 hours, arriving at Nanaimo’s Departure Bay.
  2. Tsawwassen to Duke Point:  The Tsawwassen terminal is south of the city, closer to the USA border. This ferry route takes approximately 2.5 hours, arriving at the Duke Point terminal, about 15 minutes south of Nanaimo.
  3. Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay:  The Tsawwassen terminal is south of the city, closer to the USA border. This ferry route takes approximately 2 hours, arriving at the Swartz Bay terminal, about 30 minutes north of Victoria.

Click here for more information on BC Ferries.
Please note that advance ferry reservations are highly recommended on all routes during weekends, holiday periods and summer months.

Vancouver Island can also be accessed by three ferry lines originating in Washington State:

  1. The Clipper Ferry:  year-round, daily passenger ferry service between Seattle and Victoria.
  2. Black Ball Ferry Line:  year-round, daily vehicle and passenger ferry service between Port Angeles and Victoria.
  3. Washington State Ferry:  seasonal vehicle and passenger ferry service between Anacortes or the San Juan Islands and Sidney (30 minutes north of Victoria).

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Driving in Winter? read this

If you’re driving to Tofino from November through April, you may want to check the Sutton Pass webcam.  This stretch of road between Port Alberni and Tofino can become a snowy winter wonderland before you see Tofino’s greenery and beaches. Winter tires or/and chains are required by law from October 1 through March 31.

Highway 4 Kennedy Hill Upgrades

If you're planning on driving to Tofino, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve or Ucluelet soon, please read this message. See you soon!

The BC Ministry of Transportation is conducting a significant upgrade to Highway 4 near Kennedy Lake, with completion expected for Summer 2020.

 

Please consult this detailed, hourly roadwork schedule.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Visitors are encouraged to check current road conditions and travel delay information before setting out on the drive between Port Alberni and the West Coast (126 kilometers/78 miles along Highway 4) in order to plan travel accordingly.

Current information can be found on these two British Columbia Ministry of Transportation websites:  Drive BC and WWW2.gov

 

What are the expected delays?
  • Travel delays of up to 30 minutes, due to single-lane alternating traffic at the construction site, are expected each day.
  • Complete road closures for 1-3 hour periods overnight are planned (between the hours of 1am-4am, 5am-7am and 10pm-midnight.)
  • It is advised that all travellers along Highway 4 plan to complete the journey before 9:00pm to avoid possible 1-3 hour road closure periods overnight.

 

Where is the road work taking place?

The project is located adjacent to Kennedy Lake approximately 14 kilometers northeast of the Tofino/Ucluelet Hwy 4 junction. The project starts at the bottom/south end of Kennedy Hill at the TR19 Creek culvert and continues up the hill towards Port Alberni for a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers.

 

Will I have cell service?

Cell phone coverage is typically unavailable along most of Highway 4 between Port Alberni and the Tofino/Ucluelet junction.

Are there washrooms along the way?

Washroom facilities along Highway 4 are also intermittent. You will find them at theTaylor Arm pullout and Kennedy River pullout.