Arriving by Ferry
To get to Vancouver Island Musicfest, you need to get to Courtenay on Vancouver Island first, about 210km/130 miles north of Victoria.
Most people arrive by car via ferry; BC Ferries runs the world’s largest ferry fleet serving the islands of the coast. Take the Tsawwassen – Nanaimo run if you are traveling from south of Vancouver or the Horseshoe Bay – Nanaimo run if you are traveling west on Trans Canada Route 1 from North Vancouver. Black Ball Ferries also run the MV Coho from Port Angeles in Washington State into downtown Victoria.
Travelers from the USA can also come from Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, or take passenger only boats from Seattle or Pt. Angeles. From Victoria, head north on the island Highway.
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Coming from the Sunshine Coast and Powell River, take the Comox Ferry, and if you are traveling from the far north you can access the Island at Port Hardy and head south to Courtenay.
Getting to Courtenay and the Comox Valley
When you get off the ferry from Vancouver, head north. The new Inland Island Highway (Route 19) gets you from Nanaimo to Courtenay in a little over an hour, or take the old ‘Oceanside Route’ (Route 19A) north of Nanaimo if you like to meander. Take the Courtenay exit, and head through town (along Cliffe Ave.) and follow the signage to “MusicFest” at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds on Headquarter’s Road. Our sign crew will be plastering the whole Comox Valley with directional’s, so just follow the signs north.
Once in Courtenay
If you are coming from the south and follow the old highway around the bypass (by Superstore) just keep going straight – don’t turn towards Campbell River when you pass Canadian Tire, just go straight through the intersection – you’re now on Headquarters Rd. A few moments and you’re there! It’s that easy! From Campbell River and points north, watch for the turn-off from the old Island Highway (an easy right on Vanier Drive) just before the Chrysler Dealership. If you miss the turn, turn right at the traffic lights at the bottom of the big hill by the Shell station.
BC Ferry Reservations — Schedules: 1-888-223-3779, Reservations: 1-888-724-5223
Port Angeles – Victoria — 360-457-4491
Anacortes – Victoria — 1-888-808-7977
Seattle – Victoria — 1-800-888-2535 (passenger only)
Please note: BC Ferry travellers who do not wish to bring their vehicles to the festival have an option to connect with the bus lines to Courtenay.
From either the Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay ferry, you can purchase a bus ticket through to Courtenay onboard at the bus kiosk. It will involve one bus transfer in Nanaimo for the connecting bus to Courtenay. You will need to contact the bus companies for fare and schedule information. Please be advised that the final destination will be the Courtenay bus terminus. In order to get to the festival – you will need to make arrangements for taxi, local bus transit or have personal arrangements provided.
Comox Taxi – 250-339-7955
BC Transit (local)
For local tourism Info please visit the Tourism Comox Valley web site.