You can travel to Ladysmith by land,
air and water

Ladysmith BC is easily accessed by Car Ferry, Plane or Bus.
Ladysmith is located 25min by car from The Duke Point and Departure Bay Ferry terminals located in Nanaimo.
Ladysmith  Airport is only 11 min drive from the Nanaimo airport which has daily flights to Vancouver and Calgary.
To the South, Victoria is approx 1:20 hour drive. The Victoria Swartz Bay ferry terminal is 1.5 hour drive with bus service to Ladysmith. Victoria also has an International Airport also 1:30 min away.

Ferry service from the mainland

BC FERRY

BC Ferries offer transportation from Vancouver to the two Nanaimo Ferry terminals Departure Bay & Duke Point, and from Vancouver to Victoria.

You can depart from Tsawwassen, arriving at  Duke Point Ferry Terminal which is the closest ferry terminal to Ladysmith (approx.  21 min drive).
Or you can leave from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay (Nanaimo) which is approximately a 25 min drive.
The Tsawwassen to Victoria (Swartz Bay) will take you approx 1.5 hours by vehicle.

Getting to Ladysmith by Air

Nanaimo Airport

Nanaimo airport is an approx. 11 min drive to Ladysmith. It offers daily flights to Vancouver airport ( YVR) and Calgary ( YYC).
There is a shuttle that serves all of the Mid-Island, including Duncan/Ladysmith/Nanaimo/Parksville and Qualicum.

Taxis and car rentals are also available at the Nanaimo Airport.

From Nanaimo, float planes are also available:

Getting to Ladysmith by Bus

Tofino bus Ladysmith

Ladysmith is serviced by two private bus companies and locally by BC Transit

Bus service is available from the BC Ferry terminals and most major towns across Vancouver Island.
See individual companies for routes.

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Commuting to Cowichan

Cowichan offers fast and easy access to Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver with frequent national and international connections.  Float planes, helijet services, ferries and airports are all just a hop, skip and a jump away:

  • Harbour Air offers up to 20 flights daily to and from Nanaimo, Victoria and Maple Bay to downtown Vancouver and up to six flights daily to and from Vancouver International Airport.
  • Seair Seaplanes operates up to 12 scheduled flights daily from Vancouver Harbour and Vancouver Airport to and from the BC Ferries terminal at Departure Bay in Nanaimo.
  • Helijet Services offers 12 weekday flights a day from Victoria and six flights daily from Nanaimo to the Vancouver Harbour, along with additional flights on the weekends.
  • BC Ferries terminals are located in Nanaimo or Victoria; driving there from central Cowichan takes approximately one hour. Once you’ve boarded the ferry, the commuting time to Vancouver is less than two hours.
  • Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is only 90 minutes from central Cowichan and has more than 100 daily flights throughout North America, including non-stop flights to major BC cities, Calgary and Toronto. YYJ rates as one of the top ten most-loved airports in the world according to CNN Travel.
  • Nanaimo Airport is located just 30 minutes from central Cowichan and is one of the fastest-growing regional airports in Canada with a $7.5 million expansion of its terminal facilities planned to accommodate record-setting passenger growth. Air Canada, Island Express Air and WestJet operate daily scheduled flights to Vancouver and beyond.
Transportation Hubs

BY AIR:

  • Nanaimo Airport CargoAir Canada Jazz and SkyLink Express provide air cargo service in conjunction with scheduled passenger flights. Five air couriers ship through the Nanaimo Airport – DHL Courier, Dynamex, FedEx, Purolator and UPS.
  • Victoria International AirportIn addition to Air Canada, several air cargo companies provide international air freight options from Victoria International Airport.

BY SEA:

  • Nanaimo Port Authority: The Port of Nanaimo has the capacity to process 4.8 million tons of cargo and 4.8 million passengers each year.
  • Duke Point Ferry Terminal provides container barge service to the Port of Vancouver as an international shipping destination.
  • Nanaimo Wharf Terminal has three deep sea-berths and a cruise ship terminal.
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has four deep-water berths and terminal services that are strategically located adjacent to major shipping trade routes.
  • Westcan Terminals Cowichan Bay is a diversified stevedoring, terminal and logistics company, operating throughout British Columbia.

GROUND TRANSPORT: