Nanaimo / Departure Bay (Gateway to Tofino)
Nanaimo is the Island’s 2nd largest city on Vancouver Island and makes it an ideal gateway to explore the rest of the island, including Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast. Just about 2.5 hours drive west from Nanaimo is where can you find waves breaking at such heights they beg to be ridden. Where the road ends and the ocean begins and old growth forests tower overhead. Where you’ll find a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Pacific Rim National Park and fabulous trails. This fantastic area is speckled with ocean-to-table restaurants and some of the most spectacular scenery and beaches you’ll ever find in the Northwest. You’ll find amazing resorts like the elegant Relais & Chateau Wickanninish Inn, the Long Beach Resort, and the Black Rock Resort. Click here for our exclusive lodging packages, and for more special ideas check out Tourism Tofino and Tourism Ucluelet.
Nanaimo gets its identity, history and a wealth of recreation from a lovely, island-sheltered harbour right in the heart of town. The city is a classic west coast community, offering natural beauty and recreation at every turn. Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island 113 km (about 70 miles) north of Victoria, Nanaimo delivers a lively and unique urban experience as well as hiking, boating, kayaking, biking, world-class scuba diving and snorkeling on the bustling waterfront. For our exclusive Lodging specials click here.
Seaplane service between Kenmore/Lake Washington and Nanaimo/Departure Bay is offered seasonally (we no longer fly to Nanaimo Airport). Click here to see our seaplane schedule. Charter service is available year-round.
Seaplane flights embark and disembark at the Seair Seaplanes dock, located approximately 2 miles north of downtown Nanaimo on Departure Bay. The address is 1956 Zorkin Road, Nanaimo, BC V9S 5T9.
Ready to fly to Nanaimo / Departure Bay in about an hour? Book online or call 866.435.9524