• Island Travel

    • When you get to Gabriola...

    • · If you arrive on Gabriola as a foot-passenger, Island Taxi can pick you up at the ferry and deliver you to our door step.
    • · If you're cycling, it's a scenic 14km ride from the ferry terminal to Silva Bay. A Liquor store, laundry, and a pub are in walking distance of the Inn.
    • · If you arrive by float plane, we're a short walk from the float plane dock.


Silva Bay Inn is at the south end of Gabriola Island

Silva Bay Inn is at 3415 South Road at the south end of Gabriola Island, on Silva Bay. Guests can fly directly to Silva Bay in 15 minutes with Tofino Air, a float plane service from Vancouver Airport or take a 20 minute car ferry from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island to Gabriola. It is about 14km to Silva Bay from the ferry dock on the North End of the Island and a scenic car or bike ride. For guests arriving on Gabriola as ferry foot passengers there is the Gabriola taxi service (1 250 247 0049).

Gabriola is in the Southern Gulf Islands, near Nanaimo

Gabriola is one of the southern Gulf Islands, between BC's lower mainland and Vancouver Island. Mudge and Valdes are nearby Gulf Islands. On the Vancouver Island side, Gabriola is located north of Ladysmith and slightly south of Nanaimo. The ferry terminal to Gabriola is in Nanaimo.

Getting to the Gabriola Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo

The Gabriola ferry terminal is in Nanaimo Harbour at 160 Fort Street, in downtown Nanaimo, about 10km from the Duke Point ferry terminal to Tsawwassen and about 4km from the Departure Bay ferry terminal to Horseshoe Bay. The Duke Point and Departure Bay ferry terminals both connect Nanaimo with Vancouver and the Mainland. Ferry schedules and car and passenger fares as well as driving instructions can be looked up at www.bcferries.com.

Guests arriving in Nanaimo by bus or by float plane services Harbour Air or West Coast Air from Vancouver Harbour are in walking distance of the Gabriola ferry terminal. Guests arriving from the Naniamo (Cassidy) Airport can reach the Gabriola ferry terminal by taxi or city transit.

Gabriola Ferry Schedule

There are no reservations for the Gabriola ferry. The ferry ride to Gabriola is about 20 minutes; there is shelter for foot passengers and washroom facilities. The Ferry schedule and car and passenger fares are at www.bcferries.com/schedules/southern/nhgi-current.html.

Getting to Silva Bay by Float Plane from Vancouver Airport

Guests can fly directly to Silva Bay with Tofino Air, a float plane service from Vancouver International Airport South Terminal. Tofino Air's schedule and fares are at www.tofinoair.ca.