Buckley Bay to Denman Island

Route Services

  • BC Ferries operates a scheduled ferry service from Buckley Bay, 20km south of Courtenay, to the offshore Denman Island.
  • Vancouver Island: Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal
    Denman Island: Denman Island Ferry Terminal
  • Vehicles and Passengers
  • Distance: 1.2 nautical miles
  • Sailing Time: 10 Minutes.
  • Sailings: 17 daily round-trip sailings between Buckley Bay and Denman Island
  • Ships running to Denman and Hornby Island shuttle back and forth when heavy traffic conditions exist and therefore sailing times may be altered.
  • The 9:40am sailing from Denman Island to Buckley Bay is usually a busy sailing and has the potential to overload.
  • Ticket sales and loading end 3 minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and 5 minutes before the scheduled sailing time for walk-on passengers.

Travellers wishing to visit Hornby Island must first take the ferry to Denman Island and drive across the island to Gravelly Bay on the east coast of Denman Island. A second ferry to Hornby Island makes the short crossing between Gravelly Bay on Denman and Shingle Spit on Hornby Island.

Denman Island to Hornby Island

Route Services

  • BC Ferries operates a scheduled ferry service from Denman Island to Hornby Island.
  • Denman Island: Gravelly Bay Ferry Terminal
    Hornby Island: Shingle Spit Ferry Terminal
  • Vehicles and Passengers
  • Distance: 1.2 nautical miles
  • Sailing Time: 10 Minutes.
  • Sailings: 11 daily round-trip sailings between Denman Island and Hornby Island
  • Ships running to Denman and Hornby Island shuttle back and forth when heavy traffic conditions exist and therefore sailing times may be altered.
  • The Hornby Island ferry’s crew collects fares. Fares can be paid using Experience Cards, Credit Cards, Cash and Travellers’ Cheques. Debit Cards cannot be accepted at this time. You can pay fares for both islands at Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island, where credit cards are accepted.
  • The last connecting ferry from Vancouver Island is 6pm daily except Friday when it’s 10pm.
  • Ticket sales and loading end 3 minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and 5 minutes before the scheduled sailing time for walk-on passengers.

Community Information

Map of British Columbia Ferry RoutesClick on the map to view a large scale map of the North and Central Vancouver Island Ferry Routes, or view BC Ferries’ map of Ferry Routes in BC (PDF format). Make vehicle reservations, and check current ferry schedules, ferry fares, capacity conditions at major terminals, and the departure and arrival status of current sailings directly with BC Ferries.

BC Ferries Schedule for these Routes

Island Hopping
Travelling between the Southern Gulf Islands and Northern Gulf Islands can be accomplished in small hops. Each of these islands is a world unto itself, each with its own history, culture and colourful characters – each island deserves at least a day or two for exploring.