2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships, Victoria BC Canada

Getting to Victoria

WRCC 2018 is taking place at Tulista Park beach in Sidney, which is located on the Saanich Peninsula, at the southern end of Vancouver Island. Sidney is approximately 25 km north of Victoria, 4 km from Victoria International airport and 5 km from the BC Ferries terminal in Swartz Bay. You can fly into Victoria International Airport or arrive via ferry from Vancouver or the USA. Accommodation is possible in both Sidney and in Victoria. Tourism Victoria has information on its website on getting to Victoria. We have provided details here, especially about how to get directly to Sidney.

 Flying into Victoria

Direct flights to Victoria airport come from Vancouver, Seattle, Toronto, San Francisco, Calgary and Edmonton. Arrival from the international destinations will require you to travel through one of these cities. Flights from Vancouver International Airport to Victoria International Airport are frequent and take about 30 minutes. Victoria International Airport is located 4 km from Sidney and about 25 km from downtown Victoria.

> Travelling from Victoria Airport to Downtown Victoria

You can take public transportation (bus), shuttle bus, taxi or rent a car. Downtown Victoria is approximately 25 km from the airport.
A taxi costs about $55. The airport shuttle bus service stops at many downtown hotels. It costs approximately $25 one way and runs every hour or more frequently.
The Victoria International Airport is serviced by BC Transit. Use the BC Transit trip planning tool once you know where you are staying to check current schedules and fare. Bus fares in Victoria currently cost $2.50 for an adult, with discounted fares for seniors and youth (children five and younger ride for free). Tickets are single boarding. Travel from the airport to Victoria requires a transfer to a second bus, so the total trip cost will be $5. A day pass is $5 and offers an unlimited number of rides (per day). Expect the 25-kilometre trip to take an hour, with possible delays during rush hour or when your trip coincides with the arrival of a BC ferry from Vancouver.

> Travelling from Victoria Airport to Sidney

You can take public transportation (bus), taxi or rent a car. Downtown Sidney is approximately 4 km from the airport. A taxi is about $10.
Those travelling to Sidney from the Victoria Airport by bus can board the 83 or 88 for direct service. Use the same trip planning tool.

Flying into Vancouver

On the mainland side, the BC Ferries terminal is in Tsawwassen, about 30 km from the Vancouver airport and 220 km north of Seattle. The ferry trip is about 1 hr 40 minutes. It arrives in Swartz Bay, about 5 km north of Sidney.

> Travelling to BC ferry terminal

The BC Ferries Connector service operated by Wilson’s Transportation operates a scheduled service from Vancouver Airport to downtown Victoria via BC Ferries. You can purchase bus tickets (which include the ferry fare) online or at the terminals. Buses leave every two hours starting 7 am, the trip is around 2.5 hours, and costs about $60 per person. Pacificcoach also offers a service from Vancouver Airport to the bus terminal in downtown Victoria.

You can use public transportation (SkyTrain then bus) to go from Vancouver Airport to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Check for schedule and price updates. Please check detailed instructions on this website. The trip from Vancouver Airport to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal typically takes about 90 minutes to 2 hours. Disembark the ferry at Swartz Bay. If you are heading to Sidney, it is a short taxi or bus ride away. The bus to downtown Victoria will take about one hour. Check BC Transit for routes and fare information.

> Driving yourself from Vancouver airport

Rental cars can be picked up at the Vancouver airport. From there you can drive to the BC Ferries terminal in Tsawwassen to catch the ferry to Swartz Bay (Victoria). Note that this can be an expensive choice. Look for destination signs leaving the airport terminal and follow Highway 99 South. On highway 99 take Exit 26, to the South Fraser Perimeter Road South. Drive south/southwest on the South Fraser Perimeter Road South to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Total estimated driving time is about 25 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

Ticket sales end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles. It is highly recommended you make a reservation in advance (requires payment at the time of booking). You must arrive 60-30 minutes in advance to claim your reservation. Please check current fares and information .

Travelling by Ferry from the USA

> Travelling by Ferry from the USA

The Black Ball Ferry (M.V. Coho) out of Port Angeles is the first option. The crossing takes about 90 minutes. It is recommended you make a reservation in advance. On most days in October the ferry runs twice a day (8 am and 2 pm).

You can also take a passenger-only ferry from Seattle by Victoria Clipper . The Clipper runs once a day at 8 am in October (with arrival in downtown Victoria at 10:45 am). Please check schedule and cost information.

Washington State operates the Anacortes Ferry that travels from Anacortes , WA, through the San Juan Islands to Sidney. The trip takes about three hours and runs once per day. It is also recommended that you make a reservation online.


Contact us

Renting a boat: rentaboat@wrcc2018.com
Media Inquiries: media@wrcc2018.com

Organising Committee

Rowing Canada
5100 Patricia Bay Highway,
Victoria BC V8Y 2T6
Contact Person
Brenda Taylor: askus@wrcc2018.com
Press Officer
Nancy Russell: media@wrcc2018.com