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
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
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) @
||8:40 am @
||9:40 am #
||3:40 pm (DC)
|6:00 pm !!
|10:00 pm ++
Schedule in Effect: June 21, 2008 to September 30, 2009. For the
latest ferry schedules, please see the BC
||Except Dec 35 and Jan 1
||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
For more information about fares, please visit the
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,
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
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.
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.