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Visiting islands

sudbury ontario
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Visiting islands

I am looking for advise on which islands i.e. Saltspring, would make good day trips.

Nanaimo, Canada
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1. Re: Visiting islands


As you've posted on the Victoria Forum I'm assuming you mean day trips from Victoria?

Saltspring is your most convenient as there is frequent service to the Island and as it is the most populated there are more things to do. The Saturday Market is legendary. Ruckles Park is a great spot to spend a few hours at.

I also really like Pender Island and there is a good service to and from Pender from Swartz Bay.

Good luck planning!

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2. Re: Visiting islands

Not sure how you are getting to Vancouver Island or how many day trips you are planning but something to consider is the BC Ferries Sail Pass: bcferries.com/travel_planning/SailPass.html

It allows you to travel on an unlimited number of sailings over a selected period of time - 4 days or 7 days.

Here is a list of sailings included:



The above map is also a good map to get an understanding where the various islands are located.

From my calculations you would save money if within 7 days you are taking a ferry to Vancouver Island, a ferry to Salt Spring, a ferry back to Vancouver Island and a ferry back to the mainland.

Only tricky part is that you can not purchase the Sail Pass at ferry terminals. You can purchase it online or at a tourist information centre.

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