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Getting Here

Getting Here – Directions to Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel

The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel is one of Nanaimo’s most popular downtown hotels. Adjacent to the seawall connecting the hotel to the popular waterfront guests can enjoy many charming boutiques, restaurants, parklands, and outdoor adventure activities just steps away. We offer competitive rates for our business and leisure travelers.

Location and Nanaimo Local Attractions - Map

For detailed descriptions of how to get here by car please click the link below that best describes where you’re coming from or use our new interactive map feature.

Duke Point
Departure Bay
Victoria & the South Island
North Island
Bus Depot
Seaplanes

How to find us:

There are several options of travel available to you but the most popular is B.C. Ferries. Nanaimo is centrally located and serviced by two ferry routes from the mainland. From Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver a 1.5 hour scenic ferry ride will have you arriving in centrally located Departure Bay.

Tsawwassen, located south of Vancouver is the perfect option for visitors traveling from the United States. During the 2-hour ferry ride, enjoy the sights of the Gulf islands and Vancouver’s coastline arriving at Duke Point, just 15 minutes south of downtown Nanaimo. For convenient ferry reservations call 1-800-724-5223 or on-line at www.bcferries.com.

Duke Point:

Follow signs to Nanaimo/Campbell River; follow the Nanaimo City Centre sign lane route, (this becomes Terminal Avenue). The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel is located on the left hand side of the road, across from the Maffeo Sutton Park. The cross street is Comox. Turn left on Comox and then turn right into the hotel’s driveway. back to top

Departure Bay:

Follow the sign Nanaimo City Centre/Victoria, this is Stewart Ave. until you come to a Y junction. Turn left at the set of lights onto Terminal Ave. Cross a small bridge; the hotel is on the right hand side of the road. Turn right onto Comox Street , make a right into the hotel’s driveway. back to top

Victoria & the South Island:

Coming from Victoria to Nanaimo, this is highway number one; follow the Nanaimo city centre sign lane route, (this becomes Terminal Avenue). The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel is located on the left hand side of the road, across from the Civic Arena. The cross street is Comox. Turn left on Comox and then turn right into the hotel’s driveway. back to top

North Island:

From Campbell River, Parksville, Port Alberni, and other points north, follow the Nanaimo City Centre/Departure Bay ferry route sign. This is Highway 19A, stay on this roadway until you come to a Y junction (sign will say Nanaimo City Centre/Victoria) turn right at the set of lights onto Terminal Ave. Cross a small bridge, the hotel is on the right hand side of the road. Turn right onto Comox Street, make a right into the hotel’s driveway. back to top

Bus Depot:

If you wish to take a bus from downtown Vancouver you can reach Greyhound coach lines at 1-800-661-8747 or visit on line @ www.greyhound.ca

If you wish to travel around Vancouver Island, Laidlaw Coach lines runs frequent service north, south and west of Nanaimo. You can call them at 250-751-4371. back to top

Seaplanes:

If you prefer to travel by seaplane you can depart from downtown Vancouver and arrive just 20 minutes later in downtown Nanaimo harbour. The trip boasts spectacular scenery. Two airlines offer daily service:

Seair Seaplanes 1-866-692-6440 www.seairseaplanes.com Harbour Air Seaplanes 1-800-665-0212 www.harbour-air.com

Nanaimo Airport:

If traveling by air, a quick 15-minute flight from Vancouver International Airport to Nanaimo Airport is located 15 minutes south of downtown Nanaimo. Two airlines service Nanaimo. You can call the airport for more information at 250-245-2157 or visit the airport online @ www.nanaimoairport.com.

Transportation service to and from airport provided by Nanaimo Airport Shuttle Service, call 758-2133 or 1-800-209-7792 for schedules and fare.

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