British Columbia promotes a ‘know before you go’ message for anyone planning to visit this beautiful and vast province.
If you are driving the highways, many – especially in the interior, including the southern part of British Columbia where you will find wine country — have high mountain passes and can be subject to active weather almost any time of the year.
Visit DriveBC online at DriveBC.ca for route information.
Taking a ferry from the mainland of British Columbia, or the Lower Mainland as it’s known around Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, to Vancouver Island and the smaller nearby “wine islands” requires a trip via B.C. Ferries. Schedules and pre-booking can be found at www.bcferries.com.
Passenger ferries from Washington state to the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island are operated by the Black Ball Ferry Line M.V. Coho. Information is available at CohoFerry.com; the Clipper operates from Seattle to Victoria. Check out their packages at ClipperVacations.com. Options are also available through Washington State Ferries, see WashingtonFerries.com.
Vancouver International Airport is the main air gateway to British Columbia and from there it’s a short flight to wine country hubs Kelowna, Penticton or Kamloops. You can also head to Calgary in the neighboring province of Alberta and fly into any of these three smaller airports to begin your wine tourism adventure.
The Kelowna International Airport, celebrating its 75th year in 2022, is one of the busiest in the province and is served by a number of airlines, including Alaska Air.