Route Services

  • BC Ferries operates a scheduled ferry service from Swartz Bay (Victoria) to Fulford Harbour on Saltspring Island, the largest of the Southern Gulf Islands.
  • Vehicles and Passengers
  • Distance: 5 nautical miles
  • Sailing Time: 35 minutes between Fulford Harbour and Swartz Bay (Victoria)
  • Sailings: 8 daily round-trip sailings between Swartz Bay and Fulford Harbour
  • Reservations cannot be made for the Victoria to Fulford Harbour route, but are recommended for travel between the Southern Gulf Islands and Tsawwassen (Vancouver).
  • Ticket sales at Swartz Bay will end 5 minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and 10 minutes before for walk-on passengers. Loading at Fulford Harbour will end 3 minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and 5 minutes before the scheduled sailing time for walk-on passengers.

Community Information

Visitors wishing to get to Saltspring Island can also take ferries from the Vancouver Island community of Crofton to Vesuvius Bay, or from the Vancouver ferry terminal at Tsawwassen to Long Harbour on Saltspring Island.

Map of British Columbia Ferry RoutesClick on the map to view a large scale map of the BC Gulf Islands Ferry Routes, or view BC Ferries’ map of Ferry Routes in BC (PDF format). Make vehicle reservations and check current ferry schedules, ferry fares, capacity conditions at major ferry terminals, and the departure and arrival status of current sailings directly on the BC Ferries website.

BC Ferries Schedule for this Route

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Picturesque Fulford Harbour provides a warm, friendly welcome to Saltspring Island. The relaxed little community of Fulford is a favourite hangout for the locals and visitors alike, consisting of delightful old clapboard buildings that house cafes, a few craft shops, and bike and kayak rentals.

Island Hopping
Travelling between the Southern Gulf Islands and Northern Gulf Islands can be accomplished in small hops. Each of these islands is a world unto itself, each with its own history, culture and colourful characters – each island deserves at least a day or two for exploring.