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Arriving to Vancouver Island is easy. Ferries run regularly, operated by BC Ferries, and make the journey about every two hours, making the trip there incredibly convenient. There are several ways to set up your ferry ride. Most often people get on in a city just outside Vancouver called Tsawwassen and take the ferry to a town near the capital, Victoria: Sidney, near Swartz Bay. These are not the only cities by any means that operate ferry service however, check with BC Ferries for the route that suits you best. If you have an overheight or overlength vehicle (e.g. boat trailer, RV) ferry reservations are a good idea. If you are going to be travelling on a weekend, you may also wish to make a reservation.
There are also ferries from Port Angeles to Victoria and back on the MV Coho. Homeland security and customs require that passengers in cars be in line an hour and half, no later, before the ferry departs. One can leave the car in line even before then, and continue enjoying waterfront activities before returning for the customs interviews and check. Food is on board, if modest and overpriced.
Flying into Vancouver Island is also an option. Victoria has one airport, the Victoria International Airport ,which is a destination from many locations. This is a major hub so you will have no problem getting a taxi or rental car to continue your journey elsewhere. Click here to visit the airport's guide to rental car and shuttle service companies that are available.
Remember that if you are coming from an international location a valid passport will be necessary at customs. For details, and more information on visiting Canada from the U.S. and other countries, see TripAdvisor's Inside Page on Canada: Crossing the Border.