Vancouver Island is a wilderness paradise with a taste of refined civilization. The forests are an ethereal fairyland where lances of golden sunlight pierce the trees and the ground is covered in a soft carpet of moss. Tranquil lakes shimmer under the enchanting velvet of the clear night sky and crystal streams flow from snow-capped mountaintops, transforming into rushing rivers as they cut paths to the ocean.

The Coho ferry is the most direct route from the USA to Vancouver Island. Drive your vehicle onto the ship in Port Angeles, Washington and relax during the scenic 90-minute crossing to downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Once you arrive, you're on your way to an incredible adventure in Nanaimo, Tofino, or Sooke!

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