Desolation Sound Yacht Charters

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Getting Here

You can get to Comox in a number of ways … but we can assure you that once you have arrived … you are going to want to stay!

Air travel to Comox

Our charter base is located in Comox, BC on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is centrally located, providing easy access to all points on central and northern Vancouver Island with daily flights from major cities including Vancouver (YVR), Calgary (YYC) and Edmonton (YEG) with connections beyond.

Pacific Coastal Airlines and Central Mountain Air offer convenient service to and from Vancouver, BC. Contact Pacific Coastal www.pacific-coastal.com (1-800-663-2872 or (604) 273-8666) and Central Mountain Air www.flycma.com (1-888-865-8585) for details on schedules, prices and reservations. The flight time from Vancouver to Comox is approximately 25 minutes.

WestJet operates direct flights daily between Calgary and Edmonton and Comox, with connections to many points east. For details on schedules, prices and reservations contact WestJet www.westjet.com (1-800-538-5696).

West Coast Air / Harbour Air offers daily harbour to harbour flights (weather permitting) between the downtown Vancouver terminal and the Comox Bay Marina. For details on pricing, schedules and reservations, contact them at www.westcoastair.com, www.harbourair.com or call 1-800-665-0212.

Kenmore Air Express offers daily non-stop flights to and from Seattle Boeing Field (BFI) to the Campbell River Airport (YBL), which is 45 minutes north of the Comox Valley. These flights are scheduled to run between June and September. For details on pricing, schedules and reservations, contact Kenmore Air www.kenmoreair.com (1-866-435-9524).

Private planes can fly into Courtenay Airpark (250) 334-8545, only minutes away from Comox.

Vancouver & Seattle Airport Shuttle Services

Vancouver International Airport/Downtown Vancouver

There is convenient and frequent service between the Vancouver International Airport and Downtown Vancouver. For details check out the website www.translink.ca.

Seattle/Vancouver

In Washington, the Quick Shuttle Service runs from the SeaTac Aiport, Downtown Seattle and Bellingham Airport to Vancouver, BC. In Vancouver, the service runs from Downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver International Airport and South Surrey to Washington. Check out their website at www.quickcoach.com or call 1-800-665-2122 for details.

Local Taxi & Shuttle Services

Our Main Office is only a 15-minute ride from the Comox Airport. Twenty-four hour taxi services can get you where you need to go! Service providers include:

Comox Taxi, (250) 339-7955
Comox Taxi operates regular cars and larger vans so can accommodate small or larger groups, plus luggage. They have also added an 'Airport Shuttle Bus' to their list of services. You can book your taxi in advance of your arrival with their online service.

Ambassador Shuttle, (250) 339-5252
An alternative transportation to / from the Comox Airport is the Ambassador Shuttle. They can handle up to 7 people with luggage.

Sky High Shuttle Service, (250) 339-4737
Another alternative transportation to / from the Comox Airport, as well as the Campbell River Airport and the Comox Valley, is the Sky High Shuttle Service. They can handle up to 7 people with luggage.

Air travel to Desolation Sound

Vancouver or Campbell River to Desolation Sound

Corilair, 1-888-287-8366 / (250) 287-8371
Corilair offers regularly scheduled floatplane service to and from Vancouver, BC and Campbell River from June through September ~ daily from June 15th to just after Labour Day. This includes drop off and pick up locations at Cortes Island, Refuge Cove, Prideau Haven and Desolation Sound, as required. They also offer charter services. For details check out the website or call.

Seattle to Desolation Sound

Kenmore Air, 1-866-435-9524

You can fly via floatplane from Lake Union in Seattle to Comox, or directly into Desolation Sound, with Kenmore Air , if you have a minimum of 2 passengers. Call Kenmore Air for rates and to arrange these flights.

Road travel to Comox

Vancouver/Nanaimo (Fastest route from Seattle)

There are several ferry services available to Vancouver Island. The Tsawwassen to Duke Point (Nanaimo) ferry leaves south of Vancouver every 2.5 hours starting at 5:15 am until 10:45 pm. The crossing takes two hours and it is a 1 1/2 hour drive from Nanaimo to Comox. The Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo) ferry leaves every 2 hours starting at 6:30am to 12:30pm and 3pm to 9:00 pm. Crossing time is 1 hour 35 minutes and upon arrival at Departure Bay it is a 1 1/4 hour drive north up to Comox. For more information on ferry crossings and reservations please check out the BC Ferries website at www.bcferries.com or call 1-888-223-3779 (Canada & US). The August and September long weekends (typically the first Monday in the month) are the busiest weekends on the BC Ferries and we strongly recommend that you make a reservation if travelling around this time.

Port Angeles/Victoria

The Port Angeles to downtown Victoria ferry, MV Coho, is available on a daily basis offering car and walk-on passenger service. The crossing is approximately 90 minutes. Upon arrival in Victoria, it is a 3 1/2 hour drive north to Comox on Highway 19. For more up to date schedule and reservation information, call Black Ball Transport; in Port Angeles, WA at (360) 457-4491; in Seattle, WA at (206) 283-4400; in Victoria, BC at (250) 386-2202 or check their website at www.ferrytovictoria.com. Vehicle reservations are recommended.

Anacortes/Sidney

The Anacortes to Sidney (Victoria) ferry sails once a day in the spring and fall and twice daily in the summer months. Then there is a 4 hour drive north up to Comox. For reservations and further schedule information please call Washington State Ferries at (206) 464-6400 in Seattle, or 1-888-808-7977 toll-free in State.

Seattle/Victoria

There is no vehicle ferry service directly between Seattle and Victoria. However, it is a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle to the ferry in Port Angeles. Discover more about the beautiful City of Victoria.

Passenger only ferry / Car rental

This might be an option for those flying into Seattle, WA. It is a bit of a trek but can work for some. There is a passenger only ferry from Seattle to/from Victoria called the Victoria Clipper. Check their website at www.victoriaclipper.com or call: toll-free 1-800-888-2535; Seattle (206) 448-5000; Victoria (250) 382-8100 for more details. The crossing takes 4 1/2 hours. Plan to overnight in downtown Victoria. Then the next day rent a car from Budget Car & Truck Rental. The drive up Island to the Comox Valley takes approximately 3 1/2 hours without stops. On return to Victoria, plan to catch the Clipper on the 5pm sailing back to Seattle.

Bus travel to Comox

Ferry/Bus

The bus depot in Vancouver is downtown. Take a bus to the Horseshoe Bay ferry. On the ferry you can arrange to take a bus to downtown Nanaimo then connect on another bus to Courtenay. Check with your local Bus Depot or call Greyhound Courier Express at (250) 334-2475. Comox Taxi (250) 339-7955 will pick you up at the Courtenay bus terminal for the 15-minute ride to Comox. The trip from Vancouver to Comox takes approximately 5 hours.

Island Link Express Bus-Comox/Nanaimo

IslandLink operates an Express Bus service several times daily between the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo and a couple of locations in Courtenay. For more information and schedule details, check out their web site at www.islandlinkbus.com or call them on their toll-free number 1-877-954-3556.

Train travel to Comox

We are working on our railroad!

Sorry, rail service between Victoria and Courtenay (E&N Rail) is currently not available due to railroad maintenance and repairs. For updates and information, you can check the website www.viarail.ca.

Arrival in Comox

People sitting on yacht

Check in at our main office first. If travelling by car, please proceed first to our MAIN OFFICE at #101-1819 Beaufort Avenue, where we will finalize your paperwork and give you a time for both your yacht orientation and chart briefing.

If you are travelling by plane or bus, call Comox Taxi or one of the other services and they will pick you up for the 15-20 minute ride to our MAIN OFFICE.

Chart Briefing:

All chartering skippers are required to attend our one hour Chart Briefing. During the briefing we will give you a thorough orientation to acquaint you with cruising the area and the services available. You will be advised of the highlights, points of interest, and emergency information, as well as the dangers of the areas.

Boat Briefing / Yacht Systems:

A briefing of your Boat Systems is usually arranged on your Early Boarding day. However, if you are a 'late arrival' or do not wish to take advantage of Early Boarding, these briefings will be scheduled for the morning of your first charter day.

See you in Comox!