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The Broken Group Islands
4-Day Sea Kayaking Tour

The travel planning information presented on this page is specific to the Broken Group Islands trip. In addition to this information please visit our Travel Planning to Vancouver Island page for additional information on travel planning to British Columbia.

Travel Planning to Ucluelet

Coach Service

Motor coach service is available to the village of Ucluelet however there is no transportation service from Ucluelet into Toquart Bay. If you are planning to travel to Ucluelet by motor coach you will need to advise us well ahead of your trip to see if it is possible for one of the trip participants with a vehicle could transport you into Toquart Bay the morning of your trip.

Tofino Bus provides daily scheduled bus service from Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Port Alberni to Ucluelet and Tofino. It also offers a local transit service that runs between Tofino and Ucluelet, with stops in the Pacific Rim National Park, during summer months.

Service from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC
Greyhound has 5 daily trips from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC. . Service from Vancouver to Nanaimo & Ucluelet Ucluelet has daily motor coach service from Vancouver on mainland British Columbia and from Victoria, and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island There is only one daily scheduled trip. If you are planning to use motor coach service from Vancouver, you must board the 5:45 am bus, arriving in Nanaimo at 8:20 am, and connecting onto Ucluelet. The Vancouver terminal is located at the Via Rail Train Station, Terminal 1 on Main St.
For current fare and schedule information, please contact Greyhound Canada or Greyhound USA.

Air Service

Orca Airways is a local airline based out of the Vancouver South Terminal (CYVR). Orca Airways provides scheduled flights between Tofino / Ucluelet, Vancouver & Victoria, British Columbia.
Local Office Line: 604 270 6722
Toll Free Phone Number: 1 888 359 6722

Travel Planning to Toquart Bay

Driving is the most practical method for getting into Toquart Bay. There are no economical public transportation services available from Ucluelet to Toquart Bay at this time. It is possible for us to coordinate shared transportation with other trip guests, contact us for details.

Vehicle Rentals

If you are flying into Vancouver, BC and planning to rent a vehicle for your visit to Vancouver Island, you may want to consider the Island Link Express Bus service.

Island Link Express Bus offers service between the Vancouver International airport and Nanaimo. Pick-up at the Vancouver airport is 4-times daily at 9:00am, 11:15 am, 1:30pm and 3:45pm. The one-way adult fare is $27.50. Once you are in Nanaimo National Car Rental and Budget BC are your best choices in car rentals.

This option of travel to Vancouver Island is a considerable cost savings over renting a car in Vancouver.
Island Link Express Bus
Toll Free: 1-877-954-3556

If you prefer to rent a vehicle in Vancouver most major car rental companies offer onsite rentals at the Vancouver Airport.


Vancouver Island's ‘west coast’ is accessed by Highway #4 (Pacific Rim Highway). There are many areas to stop at along the way, such as the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park and Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park which have hiking trails along their riverbanks. Visit the Old Country Market in the village of Coombs, and browse through the local artisan shops and the farmers market.

Further along is Cameron Lake which provides a rest area, and is perfect for a swim or picnic lunch. Continuing past Cameron Lake and below Mount Arrowsmith, the landscape becomes more rugged and dense. Cathedral Grove (MacMillan Provincial Park) , located in the Cameron Valley, offers walking trails in a towering forest filled with 300 to 800 year old Douglas fir trees.

Highway #4 becomes very winding as you travel westerly into the increasingly rugged landscape of the Mackenzie Mountain Range and along the rain forests of the Kennedy Lake area. The highway can be very busy during the summer, if you are unfamiliar with the highway avoid driving it at night.

Southern vancouver Island Map

Toquart Bay

Road access to the launching area at Toquart Bay is over a gravel road taking about 30 minutes (16 km) to drive from the turn-off from Highway #4. The Toquart Bay road turn-off is located about 12 km out of Ucluelet. This road is in an area of active logging, so drive carefully and obey all signs.

Vehicle Parking

The Toquart Bay recreational site is a ‘Managed with Fees’ site that provides on-site supervision, maintenance and over-night parking. Parking fees are $10.00 per night which will be collected by the site service provider.

Highway Distances & Driving Times

Victoria to Nanaimo - 111 km (69 miles). Allow 1.5 hours driving time.
Nanaimo to Ucluelet - 180 km (112 miles). Allow 2.5 hours driving time.
Nanaimo to Toquart Bay - 186 km (115 miles). Allow 3.0 hours driving time.
Ucluelet to Toquart Bay - 38 km (24 mi.). Allow 45-minutes driving time.


Southern Vancouver Island road map from Goggle Maps

Road Conditions

For current road conditions, travel advisories, and Canada-USA border wait times visit the British Columbia Ministry of Transport Drive BC website.

Air Service

Comox Valley Airport (YQQ)
The Comox Valley Airport is conveniently located mid-Vancouver Island and is within a scenic 3 hour drive to Ucluelet. The full -service airport offers numerous daily flights from Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton with West Jet and Air Canada Jazz.

Pacific Coastal, and Central Mountain Air offer daily service from Vancouver.

Weather Information

 Current weather conditions for Ucluelet from Environment Canada.

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