Getting Here

So close and yet so far. Getting to The Haven is so easy, with ferries, and direct flights to the island, you can get to The Haven quickly and easily. If you are flying from elsewhere in the world, we are not far from Vancouver International Airport, one of the truly remarkable airports in the world with direct and indirect flights from across the globe.

Getting Here

getting here


The Haven is on beautiful Gabriola Island, one of the southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. People come to The Haven from all over Canada and the USA, as well as from Europe and Asia.


Map - Getting Here


NEW! The Nanaimo-Gabriola ferry schedule changes on Monday April 28 2014 and will have two different schedules for summer peak time and the rest of the year.


Click here for the schedule from June 25 to September 5 2014.


Click here for the schedule from September 6 2014.


Get directions in Google Maps


Getting to The Haven is easy!

Gabriola Island is

  • 20 minutes ferry ride from Nanaimo
  • 20 minutes by float plane from Vancouver Airport south terminal

Nanaimo is

  • 20 minutes by float plane from downtown Vancouver or Vancouver Airport
  • 1.5 to 2 hours from Vancouver by ferry
  • 1.5 hours from Victoria by car


Vancouver is

  • 4.5 hours flying time from Toronto
  • 4.5 hours flying time from Chicago
  • 9 hours by plane from London, UK
  • 13 hours by plane from Hong Kong



To offer or request rideshare, go to the Haven blog.


Ferry from Vancouver

BC Ferries run services to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island from Tsawwassen (2 hours) and Horseshoe Bay (1 hour 35 minutes).


There are Greyhound bus services from Victoria and from downtown Vancouver to Nanaimo (via BC Ferries).


Once in Nanaimo, drive or take a taxi or the Nanaimo Shuttle to the Gabriola ferry, which runs approximately once an hour, 7 days a week, from 6 am to 11 pm. Sailing time to Gabriola is 20 minutes. Go to the BC Ferries website for schedules, fares, and other information.


Parking in Nanaimo There are two underground parkades near the Gabriola ferry terminal which offer long-term parking if you want to leave your car in Nanaimo. They are the Harbour Front Parkade and the Port of Nanaimo Centre. Click here for a map.


Arriving on Gabriola Island by car: follow the traffic up the hill, take the first left onto Taylor Bay Rd, then drive approximately 2 km (1 mile) and turn left onto Davis Rd. We are at the end of Davis Rd. There are sign posts before both



Arriving on Gabriola Island as a foot passenger: when you arrive on the first day of your program, you can phone us in advance to arrange a shuttle service to The Haven from the 3.50 and 5.00pm ferries. The Gabriola Taxi Service is also available.


Float plane from Vancouver

Gulf Island Seaplanes has flights from Vancouver Airport south terminal to Silva Bay on Gabriola Island. From Silva Bay you can take the Gabriola Taxi to The Haven. Gulf Island Seaplanes in Vancouver can arrange the taxi for you.


Harbour Air also offers scheduled flights from downtown Vancouver to Nanaimo, landing a five-minute walk from the Gabriola ferry terminal.


Air connection via Vancouver

Air Canada offers connector flights from Vancouver International Airport to Cassidy Airport, about 20 km south of Nanaimo. From Cassidy Airport a taxi or the Nanaimo Shuttle can take you to the Gabriola Ferry terminal in downtown Nanaimo.


Useful contacts

The Haven 1 800 222 9211
BC Ferries 1 888 223 3779
Gulf Island Seaplanes 1 800 665 2359
Harbour Air 1 800 665 0212
Kenmore Air 1 866 435 9524
WestJet 1 888 937 8538
Air Canada 1 888 247 2262
Greyhound Bus 1 800 661 8747
Nanaimo Shuttle 1 250 753 3752  
Nanaimo Airporter 1 888 758 2133
Gabriola Taxi 1 250 247 0049  
Gabriola Bus 1 250 668 6809
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