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Seattle to Texada - route suggestions?

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Seattle to Texada - route suggestions?

We are travelling from Seattle to Texada by car over the Labour Day weekend and would appreciate any advice/ideas about which route to take. We may have a night to stay over on the way there (Nanaimo or Gibson?), but it will be a tight timeline. Ideas?

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1. Re: Seattle to Texada - route suggestions?

Hi CapitalwithKids ~

Heading to Vancouver Island (Nanaimo) in order to get to Texada would sure be the long way around. You would need to take a ferry from Seattle to Victoria, then a ferry from Comox/Courtenay to Powell River, then a ferry to Texada.

You would be best to drive up to Vancouver take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale then up to Powell River for the ferry to Texada. It will take you between 8 or 9 hours, stops extra and you can count on delays for congestion on the I-5 around the greater Seattle area, at the border from 30 min to 3 hours, depending on time of day and day you cross. You will definitely need a reservation on BC Ferries for the HB - Langdale ferry to make sure you get on. Not sure about the PR - Texada ferry.

Here's the route map for your plan:


If you could fly into Vancouver it would save you some stress, and you could then take about 6 hours, stops extra, to get to Texada. The ferries are the factor, you can't just drive right through. You have to arrive 45-60 min with a reservation to wait for the ferry and you are a slave to the ferry schedule.

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2. Re: Seattle to Texada - route suggestions?

Or - you could take the Tsawwassen/Duke Pt ferry bringing you in just south of Nanaimo to shorten the drive. Either way you have two ferries Horseshoe Bay to Powell River then the ferry to Texada, or Tsawwassen to Duke Pt /Comox to Powell River then the ferry to Texada.

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