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Transportation

 
The City of Victoria is on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It is not too early to begin planning how you will get to our island. There are two main options: by sea or by air.

ferry   Ferries

  • BC Ferries travel from Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver, to Swartz Bay about 30 kilometres north of Victoria several times daily. You may drive onto the ferry and then to the festival site and downtown or walk onto the ferry and catch a bus from Swartz Bay to Victoria. The #72 stops at the festival site and the Howard Johnson Hotel, and continues to downtown. The #70 is an express bus which stops close to the festival site at Royal Oak and Pat Bay Highway, and continues to downtown.   
  • The MV Coho ferry travels between Port Angeles, on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, several times daily to downtown Victoria, across the road from the Days Inn. The Coho is a car ferry. Passengers may choose to walk on.
  • The Victoria Clipper is a passenger-only ferry between Seattle, Washington and downtown Victoria.
  • Washington State Ferries operates a car ferry between Anacortes, Washington and Sidney, BC. The #72 bus stops at the ferry terminal, the festival site and the Howard Johnson Hotel on the way to downtown Victoria. 
plane   Flights

  • Victoria International Airport is served by several airlines: Air Canada, Westjet, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Island Express, Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines - all of which have several flights daily. At the airport you may rent a car, take a taxi or the YYJ Airport Shuttle to your hotel. Public transport is also available. 
  • Seaplanes.  Harbour Air operates several flights per day from downtown Vancouver and Vancouver Airport to Victoria Harbour.  Kenmore Air has flights from Lake Union, Seattle to Victoria Harbour.
  • Helicopters.  Helijet has several flights daily from downtown Vancouver to the Victoria Heliport near the cruise ship terminal not far from Days Inn and downtown Victoria.
bus    Buses
  • The Victoria Regional Transit System, run by BC Transit, manages the bus system in and around Victoria. The Royal Oak Exchange is a 4 minute walk from the Festival site. Full details of schedules are available at the transit website.   This website has an interactive route finder. Enter your starting location (e.g. Harbour Towers Hotel or the street address). For the Festival destination, enter Saanich Commonwealth Pool. This destination will give you not only the bus information but also the walking directions from the bus stop. The Greek Community Centre is on Elk Lake Drive, in front of the Saanich Commonwealth Pool. 
To Greek Community Centre  
  • From BC Ferries
    • Bus #70         
      • Express bus stops on highway at Royal Oak - about a 5-10 min walk.
      • From bus go left to Elk Lake Dr. Cross & continue down Elk Lake Dr.
    • Bus #72
      • Several stops - takes a bit longer than #70.
      • Stops right in front of Greek Centre
    • Both buses meet all ferries arriving from Tsawwassen..
  • From Airport
    • Bus #88
      • From airport to McTavish bus exchange.
      • Transfer to bus #72 or bus #70. Bus 70 stops up the stairs from exchange.
  • From downtown
    • Bus #70
    • Bus #72
    • Any bus going to Royal Oak Exchange (about 5 min walk to Greek Center).
Note:  Exact changed required - bus drivers do not have change. All fares $2.50.  From airport - $5.00 - requires 2 buses.


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