Getting here + other info

Ferry to Denman Island

Denman Island is located off of mid-Vancouver Island, between Nanaimo and Courtenay.

The Buckley Bay ferry terminal is where you connect to Denman Island, about one-hour north of Nanaimo and about one hour south of Campbell River.

The Baynes Sound Connector is the first cable ferry to be introduced to the BC Ferries’ fleet and the longest salt-water cable ferry in the world.

The 10-minute ferry ride is scheduled once per hour, but when it’s busy the ferry may shuttle off of schedule to get people over sooner.

Check the current BC Ferries schedule

Getting around Denman Island

There is no public transportation on Denman Island.

Car or bicycle are the best ways to explore Denman Island’s 51 square kilometres.

Please be mindful of speed limits and patient with tractors and slower drivers.

Don’t rely on Google Maps or your car’s GPS!

On rural Denman Island, not all roads and locations have been mapped correctly. Some newer roads don’t show on GPS at all.
< < Look for the signs shaped like the pot in our logo.

If you’re on foot, there are two studios: Lilac Sun and Gilded Petunia, and the Denman Craft Shop within walking distance of the Denman West ferry terminal.

Restrooms

You will find public restrooms at the Denman West ferry terminal (connecting to Buckley Bay) and the Denman East ferry terminal (connecting to Hornby Island – this will be difficult to access).

There are also outhouses at Filongley Park campground and at Bill Mee Park boat launch.

Food

The Saturday Farmer’s Market at the Old School, 5901 Denman Road is open from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and has a variety of homemade foods.

Earth Club Factory Bistro at 3808 Denman Road has fresh roasted coffee, home-style food, fresh baking, breakfast, fresh soups and plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Usually open 8 am – 3 pm, check for Saturday dinner specials.

Abraxas Books, Gifts & Coffee Bar at 1071 Northwest Road, serves specialty coffee, regular drip and tea (including some from Denman Island Tea Company!), plus hot and cold sandwiches, and snack foods – all sourced as locally as possible.

Accommodations

There are very limited accommodations on Denman Island.

Book early at one of the bed and breakfasts or the guesthouse accommodations at the Earth Club Factory.

Check Places to Stay on VisitDenmanIsland.ca

See the About page for more information about the Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour!

photos by Tyler Cave (except Earth Club Factory Bistro photo)