How to Get to Bamfield

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Bamfield is located on the outer coast of Vancouver Island, and is accessible via vehicle, floatplane, or boat. Drivers are encouraged to prepare for the journey by filling up gas and carrying water, snacks, and necessities. The road leading to Bamfield is remote, and roads can be narrow and winding. Alternatively, visitors can travel from Vancouver International Airport or Port Alberni to Bamfield you can fly with Pacific Seaplanes. The scenic trip takes between 15 and 45 minutes. Finally, Lady Rose Marine Services sails from Port Alberni to Bamfield via a leisurely route that offers stunning views of the West Coast.

By Car

Travellers can drive to Bamfield via Duncan, Port Alberni, or Nanaimo. The route will eventually lead to a logging road, so please familiarize yourself with tips for safe and courteous driving on this route.

Passenger Bus

By Bus

The West Coast Trail Bus picks up and drops off passengers at Victoria, Sooke, Port Renfrew, Gordon River, Mesachie Lake, Honeymoon Bay, Nanaimo, Nitinat, Pachena Bay, and Bamfield.

West Coast Trail Express

Aerial shot of Bamfield, BC

By Boat

Lady Rose Marine Services runs a charming vessel called the M.V. Frances Barkley, which sails daily between Port Alberni and Bamfield. The 4.5-hour journey features breathtaking views, passing through either Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound or the Broken Group Islands and Ucluelet. The ship departs at 8am, and returns to Port Alberni in late afternoon. It is a working vessel, and you will see them make a number of stops along the way making deliveries to people who live and work down the Alberni Inlet.

Lady Rose Marine Services

Float plane

By Plane

Pacific Seaplanes runs regular service to Bamfield from Vancouver International Airport and Port Alberni. The easy flight takes between 15 and 45 minutes and showcases stunning aerial views of the West Coast. Flight times depend on flight sizes and availability. Be sure to check their website prior to departure. 

Pacific Seaplanes