Denman Island, BC



Getting to Denman Island

To visit Denman Island, you need to get to the Buckley Bay ferry terminal on Vancouver Island where you will board the ferry for the 10-12 minute scenic sail to Denman.

Below you will find information about driving here, ferry schedules, taking the train, plus regional and local bus routes.

Driving to Denman Island

To drive to the Denman Island ferry in Buckley Bay, simply take the Inland Island Highway 19 on Vancouver Island:

  • From Victoria to Buckley Bay: 2.5 hrs.
  • From Nanaimo to Buckley Bay: 1.5 hrs.
  • From Courtenay to Buckley Bay: 20 min.

All times are approximate.

Ferry to Denman Island

For information about the major routes from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, please see the BC Ferries website.

The ferry to Denman Island departs from Buckley Bay at approximately hourly intervals. You must be in the line-up a minimum of 10 minutes prior to sailing time in order to board. To avoid disappointment in the busier summer months, plan to arrive an hour prior to sailing time as there can be very long line-ups.

Leaves Buckley Bay Leaves Denman Island

7:00 am *

6:40 am *
7:40 am * 7:20 am *
8:20 am (DC) @ 8:00 am
9:00 am 8:40 am @
10:00 am 9:40 am #
11:00 am 10:40 am
12:10 pm 11:50 am
1:05 pm 12:45 pm
2:00 pm 1:40 pm
3:00 pm 2:40 pm
4:00 pm 3:40 pm (DC)
5:00 pm 4:40 pm
6:00 pm !! 5:40 pm
7:00 pm 6:40 pm
8:30 pm 8:00 pm
10:00 pm ++ 9:40 pm
11:00 pm 10:40 pm

Schedule in Effect: June 21, 2008 to September 30, 2009. For the latest ferry schedules, please see the BC Ferries website.

* Except Dec 35 and Jan 1
(DC) Thursday sailings will be replaced by a Dangerous Cargo Sailing. No other passengers permitted.
@ Daily except Sundays.
# The 9:40 sailing from Denman is usually a busy sailing and has the potential to overload.
!! Last connecting ferry to Hornby Island daily except on Fridays.
++ Last connecting ferry to Hornby Island on Fridays.

Ferry Ticket Prices

Season Adult Child Vehicle Oversize Motorcycle
Peak $7.55 $3.80 $18.30 $27.75 $9.15
Low $7.25 $3.65 $16.25 $25.75 $8.15

For more information about fares, please visit the BC Ferries website.

Hot tip!
Don't be confused if you arrive at the ferry terminal and the ferry seems off-schedule. This tends to happen in the summer months when the ferry shuttles back and forth between Denman Island and Buckley Bay to accommodate the increase in traffic during the busy tourist season. Please be patient—the ferry will come straight back and immediately load for the next sailing.

Comox Valley Airport

Flights into nearby Comox, British Columbia (located about 30 km north of the Denman) make getting to Denman Island a breeze. The flight from Vancouver to Comox is approximately 25 minutes, and you can also fly direct Comox-Calgary. For more information, please see:

Traveling by Train

Take the scenic train route through Vancouver Island to get to Buckley Bay! The train stops a short walk away from the ferry landing, making the train an accessible way to travel to Denman Island. Check train schedules with Via Rail (1-888-842-7245).

Bus Service to Denman Island

Islandlink Bus Service currently provides 3 shuttle services daily between Campbell River/Comox/Courtenay and Departure Bay, and include a pick-up stop at the Denman Island ferry in Buckley Bay. If you're headed to the Vancouver International Airport, you can also catch a lift to there from Horseshoe Bay on the mainland. Check the Islandlink website for complete details, or call 1-877-954-3556.

Greyhound offers direct transportation to the Buckley Bay ferry landing. There are 2 daily buses that go straight from the Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo to Buckley Bay. Check the Greyhound schedules for complete information or call 1-800-661-TRIP.

Local Transportation

There is a local bus route that will take you to/from Buckley Bay to/from Courtenay, B.C. This is a handy service that allows you to make a day trip to Courtenay/Comox while enjoying the benefits reduced travel costs and fuel consumption. Adult fare is just $1.50. Check local bus schedules. Phone: 339-5453.

There is no public transportation on Denman Island.