Traveling To And From Canada

March 7, 2022

**The Canadian border reopened to American citizens on August 9, 2021.  Requirements for entering Canada can be found HERE.

**COVID-19 Testing for entry to Canada is not routinely offered in the San Juan Islands.  Testing for travel purposes will need to be done on the mainland.

**The Washington State Ferry International service between Anacortes/Friday Harbor to Sidney, B.C. has been cancelled for Spring of 2022 and Summer is TBD. Updates can be found through the Washington State Transportation website.

Whatever your route, include the San Juans in your journeys! Travel between the islands and Canada as you explore the great pacific northwest! 

From British Columbia, Canada to the San Juans

You can plan your trip to or from Vancouver, British Columbia several different ways. The ferries run between Sidney and Friday Harbor. From there, you can take an interisland ferry to visit Orcas, Lopez and Shaw Islands.

From Vancouver to Victoria, B. C.

Drive from Vancouver to Tsawwassen (about an hour from downtown Vancouver) to catch the Tsawwassen ferry to Sidney BC on Vancouver Island. Then drive south to Victoria (about a 40-minute drive).  For more information, check out the B.C. Ferries website.

From Victoria, B. C. to Friday Harbor

For an easy connection from Victoria (on Vancouver Island) to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, drive or walk onto the Washington State ferry from Sidney, B.C., about a 30-minute drive north of Victoria. The ferry ride from Sidney BC to Friday Harbor is just over an hour. Ferries run one or two sailings per day from April to January; check the Washington State Ferries schedule for travel times and more information about how to make your trip go more smoothly. Vehicle reservations are recommended for ferry travel to and from Canada. International trips to Sidney BC are one-way fares. You need a valid passport to travel between the U.S. and Canada. 

From Victoria to Vancouver, B. C.

To travel between Victoria (on Vancouver Island) and the city of Vancouver (on the mainland), drive from Victoria north to Sidney (about a 40-minute drive) where you can get on the ferry to Tsawwassen. The Tsawwassen ferry landing is about an hour drive to or from downtown Vancouver. For more information, check out the B.C. Ferries website.

Fly to Canada

You can also take a charter flight from the San Juan Islands to Canada.

Find a Flight

Pacific Northwest Loop / Olympic Peninsula

If you’d like to enjoy several days on the Olympic Peninsula and the islands, consider taking your car onto the Black Ball Ferry Line that runs from Victoria, B.C. to Port Angeles, Washington. From there, a scenic 47-mile drive east takes you to the historic town of Port Townsend, where you can catch a Washington State ferry to Coupeville on Whidbey Island. From Coupeville, drive north about 35 miles up Whidbey Island and over beautiful Deception Pass to Anacortes, where you can catch a Washington State Ferry to the San Juan Islands.

From Vancouver, B. C. to Friday Harbor

Drive from Vancouver to Blaine to cross the border - about an hour and fifteen minute drive. Then, from Blaine, drive another hour and fifteen minutes to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal. From there, you can take the Washington State Ferries to Lopez, Orcas, Shaw or San Juan Island.

Contact Us:
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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