Directions

Getting to OUR Ecovillage

O.U.R. Ecovillage
1565 Baldy Mountain Road
Shawnigan Lake, BC

Depending on where you are coming from, there are plenty of options for traveling to OUR Ecovillage.

Though we do not have a shuttle service for guests and participants, our hope is to reach out and conserve resources by linking those who can mutually create ride opportunities. If you can give us a good deal of advanced notice we will attempt to link people for rideshare.

We’ve tried to provide options for many of them below. Please let us know if you need further clarification. If you wish more information than this Google Map, just scroll down for directions by AIR, TRAIN, COACHLINE or BOAT, as well as:

Travel Options

Local Directions

Important Addresses

GOOGLE MAPS

SPECIFIC TRAVEL OPTIONS

BY AIR:

The closest fairly well-accessed international airport to OUR is Victoria International Airport (YYJ, www.victoriaairport.com), which is served by flights to and from Abbotsford, Calgary, Cancun, Edmonton, Honolulu, Kelowna, Las Vegas, Los Cabos, Nanaimo, Pheonix, Puerta Vallarta, San Francisco, Seattle, Tofino, Toronto, and Vancouver. You may also fly into Nanaimo airport (YCD, http://nanaimoairport.com), which is a smaller regional airport with flights from places such as Vancouver, Victoria, and Abbotsford. Guests arriving from overseas are most likely to find direct flights or less expensive tickets from their home airport to either Vancouver International Airport (YVR, http://yvr.ca), or Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA https://www.portseattle.org/sea-tac).

Read below for ground transportation options to complete your journey. Passengers flying domestically within the US may find it more economical to fly into Bellingham International Airport (BLI https://www.portofbellingham.com/85/Directions-Area-Maps) and travel north on ground or water transport, as domestic US flights, especially on discount carriers such as Allegiant, can be much cheaper than international flights to Canada.  Even factoring in additional travel costs to complete the trip to Shawnigan, flying to an alternate airport can be more economical.

LOOKING FOR FLIGHTS?

http://kayak.com aggregates flight data from many major websites and carriers and allows you to search for 3 days before or after your desired dates, in case there happens to be a seat sale just around the corner. Also, search for nearby airports or specify only non-stop flight options. A powerful website that often finds the best price.

http://studentuniverse.com offers great deals for students, but also extends some of their flight and travel discounts to youth under 25. Either way, you need to verify your status but the extra step can be worth the savings!

BY TRAIN:

Vancouver is served by North America’s train networks and it is quite easy to travel to the island from Vancouver by other means. Traveling from within Canada, Via Rail is our main service provider, with main routes running from Vancouver to Toronto and then East to Halifax. Check http://viarail.com for ticket prices, schedules, and routes. US  Amtrak winds up in Vancouver via Portland and Seattle but has routes originating from all across the mainland US. Visit http://amtrak.com to find out more.

BY COACHLINE:

Greyhound (http://greyhound.ca) has service to nearby Mill Bay as well as Victoria, Duncan, and Nanaimo, all from points originating across North America. For a no-frills but inexpensive way to get to Vancouver from Bellingham, Seattle, or Portland, consider Greyhound subsidiary Bolt Bus, which is always cheap but runs some incredible deals if you book early enough. Perks include free Wi-Fi, extra legroom, and fares as low as $1.00 on all routes. http://boltbus.com

BY FERRY:

FROM VANCOUVER: BC Ferries serves the Island with trips from Tsawassen Ferry Terminal (south of Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (north of Victoria) every two hours from 7am–9pm (hourly during the summer holidays and on peak holiday weekends). You can also sail from Tsawassen to Duke Point (Nanaimo, 1.5 hours north of us), 6–8 times a day, depending on the day of the week. Coming from north of Vancouver, you can take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay (North Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo) 8–14 times a day, depending on volume. The above ferries are large car and passenger ferries with multiple food service options. www.bcferries.com

FROM PORT ANGELES: The Coho, operated by Black Ball ferries, travels between Port Angeles and downtown Victoria, with schedules varying depending on the season. The large car ferry offers several amenities for the 90-minute trip. www.cohoferry.com

FROM ANACORTES: The Washington State Ferries offers a twice-daily sailing from Anacortes Washington, to Sidney, BC, via Friday Harbor. The large car and passenger ferry offers food and other amenities and runs seasonally in the warmer months. Check the website for details. http//wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/

FROM SEATTLE: Provided you are traveling on foot, the Clipper provides high-speed passenger-only ferry service from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria once or twice a day, depending on the season. http://www.clippervacations.com Local Public Transit Directions: Once you’ve made it to a major hub (Seattle, Bellingham, Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo), how do you get to us?

FROM SEATTLE INT’L AIRPORT

The Quick Shuttle (www.quickcoach.com) departs SeaTac Airport 5–7 times a day, arriving at River Rock Casino in Vancouver approximately four hours later. The casino complex is attached to a major Translink bus depot.

Make your way to the bus loop. Ask for bus 620 Tsawassen (or look for all the travelers!) The bus leaves just before the hour, arriving approximately 40 minutes later, but in time to get that hour’s ferry. For example, a 9:55 am the departure from Bridgeport would have you on the 11 am the ferry. Some express buses are available.

Walk on the ferry to Swartz Bay (approximate sailing time 1 hour 35 minutes) and take BC Transit buses to the Brentwood Bay Ferry terminal (Take the 70 or 72 to Saanichton Exchange and transfer to the 75, getting off at 7150 block Brentwood Bay. You will have to walk about 400 meters to the Brentwood Ferry terminal.) Take the ferry to Mill Bay (www.bcferries.com, last ferry is at 5:55 pm).

FROM BELLINGHAM INT’L AIRPORT

The Quick Shuttle (www.quickcoach.com) departs BLI 5–7 times a day, arriving at River Rock Casino in Vancouver approximately 1.5–2 hours later. Please note 24-hour notice is required for the bus to pick you up.

The casino complex is attached to a major Translink bus depot. Make your way the bus loop. Ask for bus 620 Tsawassen (or look for all the travelers!) The bus leaves just before the hour, arriving approximately 40 minutes later, but in time to get that hour’s ferry. For example, a 9:55 am the departure from Bridgeport would have you on the 11 am the ferry. Some express buses are available.

Walk on the ferry to Swartz Bay (approximate sailing time 1 hour 35 minutes) and take BC Transit buses to the Brentwood Bay Ferry terminal (Take the 70 or 72 to Saanichton Exchange and transfer to the 75, getting off at 7150 block Brentwood Bay. You will have to walk about 400 metres to the Brentwood Ferry terminal.) Take the ferry to Mill Bay (www.bcferries.com, last ferry is at 5:55 pm).

FROM VANCOUVER INT’L AIRPORT:

(YVR) Take the Skytrain light rail system (the station is outside arrivals terminal) towards downtown. Get off at Bridgeport Station and walk down the stairs to the bus loop. Ask for bus 620 Tsawassen (or look for all the travelers!) The bus leaves just before the hour, arriving approximately 40 minutes later, but in time to get that hour’s ferry. For example, for the a 9:55 am departure from Bridgeport would have you on the 11 am ferry. Some express buses are available.

Walk on the ferry to Swartz Bay (approximate sailing time 1 hour 35 minutes) and take BC Transit buses to the Brentwood Bay Ferry terminal (Take the 70 or 72 to Saanichton Exchange and transfer to the 75, getting off at 7150 block Brentwood Bay. You will have to walk about 400 metres to the Brentwood Ferry terminal.)

Take the ferry to Mill Bay (www.bcferries.com).When taking the Brentwood Bay/Mill Bay ferry crossing you will find that there is no terminal or shelter on the Mill Bay side.  If walking on it is best to arrange for a ride/taxi/hitchhike from there (or some folks check with people on the ferry and ask if they can get a ride to Mill Bay grocery store where it is easier to hitchhike from) OR take the BC Ferries Connector bus from YVR to Victoria. Tickets are available online or at the YVR SkyLynx kiosk at Vancouver International Airport (located at International arrivals on Level 2).  The bus will drive you on to the ferry and all the way to downtown Victoria (https://bcfconnector.com/travel-information).

From downtown Victoria, take BC Transit bus 99 to Shawnigan Lake Village.  From SL Village you can call Cobble Hill Taxi or easily hitchhike to OUR ECOVILLAGE. Office hours are 9am–4pm Monday to Friday; please try to arrange a pick up in advance if you will be arriving outside office hours. NB: as of March 2018, bus 99 leaves Victoria twice a day.

FROM DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER (arriving via Bolt Bus, Amtrak, Via, etc).

  • Take the Skytrain light rail system towards YVR or Richmond-Brighouse (if you aren’t near a Skytrain station, any bus driver will be able to help you plan a route).
  • Get off at Bridgeport Station and walk down the stairs to the bus loop. Ask for bus 620 Tsawassen (or look for all the travelers!) The bus leaves just before the hour, arriving approximately 40 minutes later, but in time to get that hour’s ferry. For example, a 9:55 am departure from Bridgeport would have you on the 11 am ferry. Some express buses are available.
  • Walk on the ferry to Swartz Bay (approximate sailing time 1 hour 35 minutes) and take BC Transit buses to the Brentwood Bay Ferry terminal (Take the 70 or 72 to Saanichton Exchange and transfer to the 75, getting off at 7150 block Brentwood Bay. You will have to walk about 400 metres to the Brentwood Ferry terminal.)
  • Take the ferry to Mill Bay (www.bcferries.com, last ferry is at 5:55 pm).

While some instructions are listed, please visit www.bctransit.com for further route information, or try the fantastic directions on maps.google.com.

FROM VICTORIA INT’L AIRPORT

Take BC Transit bus 83 from the airport to westbound Verdier FS Keally and walk to the Brentwood Bay ferry terminal. Take the ferry to Mill Bay (www.bcferries.com, last ferry is at 5:55 pm).

Alternate BC Transit bus route from the airport to Brentwood Bay ferry terminal: Take the 88 to McTavish Exchange and transfer to the 72 to downtown. Get off at Saanichton Exchange and take the 75 towards Royal Oak/Downtown. Get off at 7150 block Brentwood and walk to the terminal.

FROM DOWNTOWN VICTORIA

Take the Greyhound to Mill Bay or Cobble Hill, or BC Transit bus 99 to Mill Bay.

FROM OTHER LOCATIONS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND (Nanaimo, Campbell River, etc.)

The Island Link bus company provides fairly extensive bus service between towns on Vancouver Island, linking Mill Bay with many other communities. Visit their website to find out more or make a booking. www.islandlinkbus.com.

LOCAL DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Driving from the South (Victoria) follow these Google Map directions

  • Leaving Victoria, Douglas St becomes Hwy 1/Malahat.
  • Follow signs to Duncan or Nanaimo.
  • Drive 41 km/40 minutes.
  • Just after you come over the Malahat, look out for Mill Bay, which has a Co-op gas station and a big shopping plaza on the right, and A&W, McDonald’s, and Tim Hortons in a small plaza on the left.
  • Go through those lights, and at the next set of lights, turn left onto Shawnigan/Mill Bay Road. Drive 3.5km/5 minutes to Sylvester Road.
  • Turn left on Sylvester. Drive 1.3 km/2 minutes, turn right on Baldy Mountain Road.
  • Slow down at postal boxes on the right.
  • Turn right at 1565 (orange fence) and take driveway all the way down to the Healing Sanctuary, which is at the bottom of the driveway, behind a small pond.
  • Park and walk up the hill to the office (go up the left fork of the driveway). Ask anyone and they will point you in the right direction.

DRIVING FROM THE NORTH (Nanaimo/Duncan/Crofton Ferry) follow Google directions here

  • Drive south on Hwy 1.
  • As you’re arriving into Mill Bay, yield off to the right onto Shawnigan/Mill Bay Road.
  • If you reach an intersection with a large Co-Op gas station, plaza, and McDonald’s, you’ve gone one set of lights too far.
  • Drive 3.5km/5 minutes to Sylvester Road. While on Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road you will go past Kerry Park Arena and come under a major power line.  Turn left on Sylvester.
  • Drive 1.3 km/2 minutes, turn right on Baldy Mountain Road.
  • Slow down at postal boxes on the right. Turn right at 1565 (orange fence) and take driveway all the way down to the Healing Sanctuary, which is at the bottom of the driveway, behind a small pond.
  • Park and walk up the hill to the office (go up the left fork of the driveway). Ask anyone and they will point you in the right direction.

DRIVING FROM COBBLE HILL AREA:

  • Drive south on Shawnigan Lake Road.
  • Turn left onto McKernan Rd.
  • Turn right onto Galland Rd.
  • Take the 2nd left onto Baldy Mountain Rd. Drive approximately 1 km and turn left at 1565 (orange fence) and take driveway all the way down to the Healing Sanctuary, which is at the bottom of the driveway, behind a small pond.
  • Park and walk up the hill to the office (go up the left fork of the driveway).
  • Ask anyone and they will point you in the right direction.

DRIVING FROM SHAWNIGAN LAKE VILLAGE:

  • Go East on Shawnigan/Mill Bay Road.
  • Slow down when you’ve passed Countryside Place on your right.
  • Keep looking to the left side for Sylvester Road street sign. It is immediately across from Sylvester Road.
  • Turn right. Drive 1.3 km/2 minutes, turn right on Baldy Mountain.
  • Slow down at postal boxes on the right.
  • Turn right at 1565 (brown fence) and take driveway all the way down to the Healing Sanctuary, which is at the bottom of the driveway, behind a small pond.
  • Park and walk up the hill to the office (go up the left fork of the driveway).
  • Ask anyone and they will point you in the right direction.

HITCHHIKING:

Hitchhiking on our part of the island is fairly common and generally quite safe, though of course uses your judgment. You may have good luck getting to us from the Mill Bay ferry and surrounding areas if that’s within your comfort level and interest.

Important addresses:

OUR Ecovillage
1565 Baldy Mountain Road
Shawnigan Lake, BC
Canada  V0R 2W2