Getting to Denman Island

To visit Denman Island, you need to get to the Buckley Bay ferry terminal on Vancouver Island where you will board the ferry for the 10-12 minute scenic sail to Denman.

Below you will find information about driving here, ferry schedules, taking the train, plus regional and local bus routes.

Driving to Denman Island

To drive to the Denman Island ferry in Buckley Bay, simply take the Inland Island Highway 19 on Vancouver Island:

  • From Victoria to Buckley Bay: 2.5 hrs.
  • From Nanaimo to Buckley Bay: 1.5 hrs.
  • From Courtenay to Buckley Bay: 20 min.

All times are approximate.

Ferry to Denman Island

For information about the major routes from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, please see the BC Ferries website.

The ferry to Denman Island departs from Buckley Bay at approximately hourly intervals. You must be in the line-up a minimum of 10 minutes prior to sailing time in order to board. To avoid disappointment in the busier summer months, plan to arrive an hour prior to sailing time as there can be very long line-ups.

Directions to Fillongley Forest B&B

From the Denman West Ferry Terminal: drive up the hill; continue straight and when you see Lacon Rd.; keep to the left.  Continue up the steep hill (Graffiti Hill).  On the right hand side, you will pass the Church, Fire Hall, Old School and cemetary.  Turn left at Swan Rd. (sign for Fillongley Provincial Park) and we're on the right hand side.

Transportation from the ferry can be arranged. Please contact us for details.