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.
- 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 #70X 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, one block away
from the Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites. 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.
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 the Harbour Towers
Hotel and Suites and downtown Victoria.
- 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. For pre- and
post-festival walk start point addresses, see the Schedule and Walks page. Note that exact fare ($2.50) is required.