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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.
Apr 01, 2022 - May 15, 2022

DAY DEPARTURE TIMES DURATION
mon 5:45 AM, 6:50 AM, 8:10 AM, 9:25 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:20 PM, 2:35 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:25 PM, 7:35 PM, 9:10 PM, 10:05 PM, 11:00 PM
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
tue 5:45 AM, 6:50 AM, 8:10 AM, 9:25 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:20 PM, 2:35 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:25 PM, 7:35 PM, 9:10 PM, 10:05 PM, 11:00 PM
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
wed 5:45 AM, 6:50 AM, 8:10 AM, 9:25 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:20 PM, 2:35 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:25 PM, 7:35 PM, 9:10 PM, 11:00 PM
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
thu 5:45 AM, 6:50 AM, 8:10 AM, 9:25 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:20 PM, 2:35 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:25 PM, 7:35 PM, 9:10 PM, 10:05 PM, 11:00 PM
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
fri 5:45 AM, 6:50 AM, 8:10 AM, 9:25 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:20 PM, 2:35 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:25 PM, 7:35 PM, 9:10 PM, 10:05 PM, 11:00 PM
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
sat 6:50 AM*, 8:10 AM, 9:25 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:20 PM, 2:35 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:25 PM, 7:35 PM, 9:10 PM, 10:05 PM, 11:00 PM

*6:50 AM Not Available on: 25 DEC, 01 JAN*, 
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
sun 8:10 AM, 9:25 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:20 PM, 2:35 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:25 PM, 7:35 PM, 9:10 PM, 10:05 PM, 11:00 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 Cargo Sailings

For Dangerous Cargo sailing information and to book Dangerous Cargo travel; please contact 250-537-5313 at least 48 hours in advance of your intended travel. No passengers are permitted on sailings transporting Dangerous Cargo. Dangerous goods sailings information.

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.
Apr 01, 2022 - May 15, 2022

DAY DEPARTURE TIMES DURATION
mon 5:15 AM, 6:20 AM, 7:35 AM, 8:50 AM, 10:10 AM, 11:25 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:20 PM, 4:35 PM, 5:50 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:40 PM, 9:40 PM, 10:35 PM
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
tue 5:15 AM, 6:20 AM, 7:35 AM, 8:50 AM, 10:10 AM, 11:25 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:20 PM, 4:35 PM, 5:50 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:40 PM, 9:40 PM, 10:35 PM
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
wed 5:15 AM, 6:20 AM, 7:35 AM, 8:50 AM, 10:10 AM, 11:25 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:20 PM, 4:35 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:40 PM, 9:40 PM
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
thu 5:15 AM, 6:20 AM, 7:35 AM, 8:50 AM, 10:10 AM, 11:25 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:20 PM, 4:35 PM, 5:50 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:40 PM, 9:40 PM, 10:35 PM
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
fri 5:15 AM, 6:20 AM, 7:35 AM, 8:50 AM, 10:10 AM, 11:25 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:20 PM, 4:35 PM, 5:50 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:40 PM, 9:40 PM, 10:35 PM
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
sat 6:20 AM*, 7:35 AM, 8:50 AM, 10:10 AM, 11:25 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:20 PM, 4:35 PM, 5:50 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:40 PM, 9:40 PM, 10:35 PM

*6:20 AM Not Available on: 25 DEC, 01 JAN*, 
0h 20m  
  • Non-stop
sun 6:20 AM, 8:50 AM, 10:10 AM, 11:25 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:20 PM, 4:35 PM, 5:50 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:40 PM, 9:40 PM, 10:35 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


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