The cities of Victoria, Parksville and Campbell River are all part of Vancouver Island. Although Victoria is its largest city, Comox Valley Airport is the busiest airport on the island. Comox is on the Eastern Coast of the island and less than a 3h drive from Victoria, and 1h 20m from Nanaimo. From Toronto, you’ll be able to get to the island via Comox in 7h 13m. If you’re flying from Calgary to the island, both WestJet and Air Canada offer quick flights from 1h 36m to 1h 58m. From Montreal, the quickest flight is aboard Air Canada which will take 6h 39m.
You can fly nonstop into Vancouver Island from a couple of cities in Canada. Major airlines like WestJet and Air Canada offer direct flights from the cities of Edmonton and Vancouver. Ottawa, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Halifax also provide 1 stop flights with layovers in Vancouver (Ottawa, Toronto, and Winnipeg) or Calgary (Halifax).
The most economical way to travel from the airport to the city of Comox is via BC Transit which starts operating at around 6 a.m. and runs through to after 10 p.m. Several taxi companies also service the Comox Valley Airport including Joe’s and Ambassador. However, if you want to go to other parts of the island, you should use a shuttle service or rent a car. Budget, Enterprise and National Car Rental all have offices at the airport.
Known for its rainforests, there are several parks and gardens that tourists can visit while in Vancouver Island. The Butchart Garden, a botanical park, is one of the most famous outdoor spaces on the island. It is a National Historic Site of Canada. Other landmarks and sights to see during your stay include the Royal BC Museum, Craigdarroch Castle, Horne Lake Caves, and Clayoquot Sound where you can surf or watch for bears. There are also several beach communities and resort towns on the island. Therefore, you’ll probably spend a lot of time outdoors while on vacation in Vancouver Island enjoying activities like skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, swimming, sunbathing, and mountain biking.
Vancouver Island is a large Canadian island, in the Province of British Columbia. Therefore, if you are flying into Comox Valley Airport from another Province in Canada, you will not need a passport. However, upon boarding the flight, the flight attendant will ask you to present a government-issued, picture identification such as a driver’s license or provincial identity card.