Victoria travel information - Vancouver Island BC
Victoria travel information for Vancouver Island BC. Here are directions to Gazebo Bed and Breakfast and the nearby Butchart Gardens from ferries and Victoria Airport.
We are centrally located a short drive from Victoria, all ferry terminals, Victoria International Airport (YYJ), the Butchart Gardens and all the major tourist attractions of the area - in the centre of the Saanich Peninsula (where Victoria is located). We are an easy 20 minute drive to downtown yet situated away from the bustle of the city. We recommend you have a car to explore the sights of the area: we are not on a bus route.
This page gives travel information once you are on Vancouver Island. See the Ferries, Airlines page for a full guide to ferry and air travel to Victoria from mainland BC and Washington state.
Our gps coordinates are - Lat: 48:31:42N (48.5283) Lon: 123:25:02W (-123.4173). Click on the + / - symbols of the map below to see our location in different scales.
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How to find Gazebo Bed and Breakfast
From Victoria (and Seattle and Port Angeles ferries):
Take Hwy 17 north to exit for Quadra St. / W. Saanich Rd. Follow West Saanich Road (Hwy 17A) for 2 miles (4km). Turn right onto Old West Saanich Road. Follow for 1 1/2 miles (3km). The Gazebo is on the left, after a sharp downhill bend in the road. Click for a route map.
From the airport, or from the Vancouver BC or Anacortes / Friday Harbor ferries:
Head South on Hwy 17 for about 10 miles (20km). Turn right on Sayward Road. Turn left after 100 yards. Turn right after 100 yards onto Brookleigh Road. After 1 mile (2km), turn left onto Oldfield Road. Carry on straight until you see The Gazebo on your right (the entrance is actually on Old West Saanich Road).
From Nanaimo, Vancouver Island:
Travel South on Hwy 1 until you reach the Exit 8 for Helmcken Rd. Turn left at the exit. Pass the hospital. Follow for 3 miles (6km) (it becomes Wilkinson Road). At lights, turn left onto West Saanich Road (Hwy 17a). After 1 mile (2km) turn right onto Old West Saanich Road. Follow for 1 1/2 miles (3km). The Gazebo is on the left after a sharp downhill bend in the road. (Some GPS will send you via obscure, though pretty, roads so you may find it better to ignore your GPS after leaving the highway.) Follow this route map.
From the Butchart Gardens:
Drive along Benvenuto Avenue to the traffic lights (Butterfly Gardens on your right). Turn right onto West Saanich Road (Hwy 17A). After .5km/ .25 mile you will pass a 60km speed sign which is about 100 yards before you will turn left onto Old West Saanich Road. Follow for about 3.5km / 2 miles until you reach a stop sign. Turn left and drive 50 yards to a second stop sign where you turn right (still on Old West Saanich Road). Gazebo Bed and Breakfast is 200 yards on the right. See this Butchart Gardens map.
TAKE EXTRA CARE DRIVING HERE IN THE EVENING - WANDERING DEER CARE NOT FOR THE RULES OF THE ROAD! (For this reason we have gates which close at dusk - you can open them by entering 1331 on the touchpad.)
Click for Victoria maps - for a page which also includes maps of Vancouver Island, Vancouver and British Columbia and a distance chart for BC.
Travel to Victoria BC
Car rental. All the major companies have offices at the airport or downtown.
Coach services: Pacific Coach Lines serve the BC Ferries crossing to Vancouver Airport and downtown Victoria.
Taxi services: Victoria Taxi
The local bus service BC Transit (1-250 282-6161) does not serve our road so we recommend a car be rented for mazimum vacation flexibility. However we can pick you up at the Royal Oak Exchange from a bus from:
- the airport (route 75),
- from BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal (route 70),
- from Washington State ferries (route 70),
- from downtown Victoria including the Clipper and Coho ferries (routes 30 or 31).
Rail service on Vancouver Island: www.viarail.ca (1-888-VIA-RAIL) visits the eastern communities of Vancouver Island from Victoria to Courtenay.
BC Travel Distances
This guide shows approximate distances and travel times to Victoria from Vancouver Island cities:
Port Hardy: 560km/335 miles, 7.75 hours
Campbell River: 265km/160 miles, 4 hours
Courtenay/Comox, 220km/130 miles, 3.25 hours
Tofino: 315km/190 miles, 4.75 hours
Ucluelet: 290km/175 miles, 4.5 hours
Port Alberni: 195km/115 miles, 3 hours
Qualicum Beach: 160km/95 miles, 2.5 hours
Parksville: 150km/90 miles, 2.25 hours
Nanaimo: 110km/70 miles, 1.75 hours
Chemainus: 70km/40 miles, 1.25 hours
Duncan: 60km/35 miles, 1 hour
More centres are shown in a handy distance chart with area maps too.
See comments about our location in the Guest Book.
Some comments from our guests:
"We will not hesitate to revisit and recommend to all who wend their way to Victoria."Paul & Maureen, Phoenix, AR
"Fantastic accommodation, food out of this world and location ideal."Betty & Roy, Southampton, UK
"What a lovely spot! A restful sleep after a long hot soak in a comfortable tub and then a delicious breakfast, elegantly served."
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