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Route

Nanaimo (Nanaimo Harbour)  to  Gabriola Island (Descanso Bay)

 This is a non-bookable route. Fares are paid at the terminal at the time of travel.   
DEPART ARRIVE DURATION
5:45 AM 6:05 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
6:45 AM 7:05 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
8:10 AM 8:30 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
9:25 AM 9:45 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
10:40 AM 11:00 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
11:55 AM 12:15 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
1:10 PM 1:30 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
2:25 PM 2:45 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
3:45 PM 4:05 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
5:10 PM 5:30 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
6:25 PM 6:45 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
7:35 PM 7:55 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
9:10 PM 9:30 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
10:05 PM 10:25 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
11:00 PM 11:20 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop

  • Non-stop
  • Transfer
  • Stop

Nanaimo Harbour terminal is located in downtown Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Sailings departing from Nanaimo Harbour terminal provide service to Gabriola Island.

Boarding is based on order of arrival at the terminal. Check-in and ticket sales close:

  • 3 minutes prior to the scheduled sailing for foot passengers and vehicles


Dangerous goods sailings information

Note: Schedules subject to change without notice.

 This is a non-bookable route. Fares are paid at the terminal at the time of travel.   

Route

Gabriola Island (Descanso Bay)  to  Nanaimo (Nanaimo Harbour)

 This is a non-bookable route. Fares are paid at the terminal at the time of travel.   
DEPART ARRIVE DURATION
5:15 AM 5:35 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
6:20 AM 6:40 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
7:35 AM 7:55 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
8:50 AM 9:10 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
10:05 AM 10:25 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
11:20 AM 11:40 AM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
12:35 PM 12:55 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
1:50 PM 2:10 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
3:05 PM 3:25 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
4:20 PM 4:40 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
5:50 PM 6:10 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
7:00 PM 7:20 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
8:40 PM 9:00 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
9:40 PM 10:00 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop
10:35 PM 10:55 PM
0h 20m
  • Non-stop

  • Non-stop
  • Transfer
  • Stop

Descanso Bay terminal is located on the northwest side of Gabriola Island. Sailings departing from Descanso Bay provide service to Nanaimo Harbour on Vancouver Island.

Boarding is based on order of arrival at the terminal. Check-in closes:

  • 10 minutes prior to the scheduled sailing for foot passengers and vehicles


Dangerous goods sailings information

Note: Schedules subject to change without notice.

 This is a non-bookable route. Fares are paid at the terminal at the time of travel.   
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