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Swartz Bay

Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, Victoria, BC
The main B.C. Ferry terminal for Victoria and southern Vancouver Island, Swartz Bay is the province's second largest and busiest ferry terminal after Tsawwassen.

BC Ferries provides vehicle and passenger ferry service between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, as well as the Gulf Islands, the Discovery Coast Passage, and the Queen Charlotte Islands. BC Ferries serves 47 ports of call on 25 routes throughout British Columbia, carrying over 22 million passengers and 8 million vehicles annually.

Location: The Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal is located at the northern tip of the Saanich Peninsula, 20 miles (32 km) north of Victoria.


  • A BC Ferry departing Swartz Bay for Tsawwassen, Vancouver. In the background is a smaller ferry en route to Fulford Harbour on Saltspring Island
    There are two routes into Victoria from Swartz Bay: Disembarking the ferry delivers you right onto Highway 17 (the Pat Bay Highway), which rolls through farmland directly into the city centre. Highway 17A is the old Pat Bay Highway that takes a more leisurely run down the scenic western shores of the Saanich Peninsula. After departing the ferry, turn right (west) on Wain Road then south on West Saanich Road, which links up with Highway 17 in Saanich.
  • Nearby McDonald Park, part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, provides an overnight stop for campers arriving on a late ferry. You'll find a lot of marine traffic swirling around the area during the day, and in the evening, the pulse slows to a sleep-inducing rhythm, especially once the last ferries have sailed or docked for the night.
  • A public boat launch is located beside the federal dock at the north end of Lands End Road at Swartz Bay. This is a good place to put your boat in the water and head for any number of nearby islands or to explore the coastline of the Saanich Peninsula. Those in open canoes should be cautious of the wash from BC Ferries' boats and larger marine traffic around Swartz Bay.
  • Travelling between the Southern Gulf Islands can be accomplished in small hops - each island deserves at least a day or two for exploring.
  • Washington State Ferries offers daily sailings between Sidney, the San Juan Islands, and Anacortes in Washington state. The Canadian terminal is located in Sidney, five minutes south of Swartz Bay on Highway 17.


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  Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites, Sidney Listing Details 
The Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites in charming Sidney by the Sea is conveniently located at the foot of Beacon Avenue, 20 minutes from Victoria, close to Butchart Gardens, BC Ferries (Vancouver), and Victoria International Airport, and only two blocks from the Anacortes Ferry (Washington). Ten Deluxe accommodations and 26 Standard rooms and Suites. Superb ocean views from your balcony, only feet from the ocean. Spa, Waterfront Restaurant, Liquor store, Whale Watching, and Kayak and Diving Adventures are all available on site.
 
  Travelodge Victoria Airport Sidney, Sidney Listing Details 
We are located just 5 minutes from the Airport and the BC and Washington State Ferries, close to Butchart Gardens and only 20 minutes from downtown Victoria. Our newly renovated hotel offers a Heated Outdoor Pool in a private garden courtyard, Free Continental Breakfast, Free Hi-Speed Internet, Fridges & Microwaves, and large family rooms with kitchenettes.
 
  Beacon Inn at Sidney, Sidney Listing Details 
Affordable 5-Star luxury in the heart of Sidney, offering elegant yet reasonably priced accommodation. Our adult-oriented, mock-heritage Inn features 9 luxurious guestrooms with gas F/P’s, cozy sitting areas, A/C and spa-inspired bathrooms. Guests enjoy the many complimentary extras such as our delicious gourmét breakfasts, coffee/tea/snacks, afternoon sherry, WiFi and Parking. Centrally located close to BC and WA State Ferries, Victoria Airport, Butchart Gardens and Victoria (a 20-minute drive). An easy stroll to many unique shops, a wide selection of eateries and the waterfront.
 
  Best Western PLUS Emerald Isle, Sidney Listing Details 
Award winning hotel in Sidney-by-the-Sea: Closest Best Western to Butchart Gardens, 20 min to Victoria, 5 min to BC and Washington State ferry terminals. Spacious, beautifully appointed rooms, each with fridge & microwave. Free High Speed Internet Access avaliable in all guest rooms. Indoor whirlpool, sauna, and guest laundry. Smitty's Family Restaurant on site.
 
  Cedarwood Inn & Suites, Sidney Listing Details 
Set among award-winning gardens in a quiet, residential area of Sidney-By-The-Sea, The Cedarwood provides waterfront accommodation with a difference. We are close to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens and within walking distance to the San Juan Islands ferries. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, Olympic Mountains and Mount Baker. Just five blocks away, there are restaurants, cafés, banks, shops and grocery stores.
 
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