Direct Access (Same Day Travel)

If short on time, Powell River & Desolation Sound can be accessed relatively quickly & easily from both Vancouver & Victoria on Vancouver Island

Direct Access to Powell River from Vancouver

If you are driving from Vancouver and have booked a Guided Kayak Package, you will need to arrive in the Powell River area sometime on the day before your tour begins.

From the terminal in Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, take the ferry to Langdale (Gibsons) which is approximately 40 minutes. Follow Highway 101 north through Sechelt for approximately 90 minutes and catch the second ferry from Earl’s Cove to Saltery Bay, a 50 minute journey. From here, Powell River is a further 30 minute drive north.

Depending on ferry connections, the total commute from Vancouver to Powell River takes about 5 hours.

You can choose to spend the night in Powell River, with it’s sweeping ocean views, lively restaurant scene and ample accommodations, or continue north to Lund and find more options for restaurants and accommodation.

Returning to Vancouver, you can make the connecting ferries and arrive in the city that evening.

While we usually recommend planning to stay the night somewhere on the Sunshine Coast at the end of your tour in case there are transport problems or delays in returning from your tour, many guests choose to return to Vancouver this evening.

Click to view the ferry schedule for Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, or here for the schedule for Earl’s Cove to Saltery Bay.

Guests can also fly from Vancouver to Powell River and arrive within 30 minutes of takeoff! Please be aware that you will need to arrange transport to get to our Okeover Inlet office location once you arrive in town.

Click here for the Pacific Coastal Airlines flight schedule from the YVR South Terminal and fare prices to Powell River from Vancouver.

Click here for Harbour Air daily float plane service from downtown Vancouver to Powell Lake.

Direct Access to Powell River from Vancouver Island

To get to Powell River from Victoria, take Highway 1 north to Nanaimo and then Highway 19 further until you reach the exit for Cumberland/Courtenay/Comox, and make your way to the Little River ferry terminal in Comox. This trip takes approximately 3 hours.

There are four sailings a day between Comox and Powell River on the Sunshine Coast. This crossing takes about 90 minutes. Click here for the ferry schedule.

If you are looking to arrive at our launch site in time for a tour in the morning, you can spend the night in Courtenay / Comox and catch the first ferry of the day and make it to our location in time.

When returning to Victoria, it is possible to catch an afternoon or evening ferry from Powell River after the tour ends.