SSA 2002 Annual Meeting

Transportation Information

Each day, more than 50 flights land at Victoria's International Airport from Vancouver and Seattle airports, in addition to numerous direct flights from many major Canadian cities. Harbor-to-harbor flights from Seattle and Vancouver, by float plane or helicopter, and an efficient ferry system between Victoria and the mainland make Victoria easier to get to than ever before. General information is available at


Most attendees will come by air connecting either through Seattle (~8 flights/day) or through Vancouver (~35 flights/day). In addition to the major airlines that fly into Victoria (Horizon/Alaska Airlines, Air Canada/Air BC, WestJet), there are a number of local commuter airlines:

From Vancouver
Harbour Air: toll-free (877) 598-1312
Helijet Airways: toll-free (800) 665-4354
West Coast Air: toll-free (800) 347-2222
Pacific Coastal: toll-free (800) 663-2872

From Seattle
Kenmore Air: toll-free (800) 543-9595
Helijet Airways: toll-free (800) 665-4354

Harbour Air, West Coast Air, and Kenmore Air all fly to the seaplane base at Victoria's Inner Harbour, a short walk from the Conference Centre and conference hotels. All other airlines fly to Victoria International Airport (, located about 25 km to the north of Victoria near Sidney, B.C. Airport buses run between the airport and downtown every 30 minutes at a cost of $13 CDN (~$9 U.S.) per person. Taxi fares to downtown are about $50 CDN (~$35 U.S.). Car rental is also available at the airport.


From Vancouver

B.C. Ferries has sailings every two hours from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. from the Tsawwassen terminal (about a 30-minute drive south of Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (about a 30-minute drive north of Victoria). These ferries are large (~350 vehicles), fast, and frequent.

Bus transport (Vancouver-Victoria):

From Seattle

High-speed ferry service (passenger only) runs daily between downtown Seattle and downtown Victoria. Ferries leave Seattle daily at 8:30 AM arriving in Victoria at 11:00 AM. Contact the Victoria Clipper at (800) 888-2535 for reservations.

From Port Angeles/Anacortes

Washington State Ferries operates daily service from Anacortes, Washington to Sidney, BC, and Blackball Ferries operates daily from Port Angeles, Washington to downtown Victoria.

Ground Transportation

From Victoria International Airport

From B.C. Ferries (Swartz Bay Terminal)
Follow Highway 17 south, 25 km to downtown Victoria.


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Last Update: 19 October 2000