ARS 2019 Fall Conference Travel Options

The 2019 ARS Fall Conference
In Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

Zoom Into Parksville, BC!

The conference will be held in at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre.  Parksville is located on the east shore of Vancouver Island, and is accessible by air and road/ferry.

Click here for airline connection information

Click here for ferry/driving connection information

Click here for map thumbnails showing travel routes

Click here for late September weather statistics

 

Airline Connections:

Commercial flights to Vancouver Island:

  • Air Canada or Westjet:  To Nanaimo (YCD), then drive 50 km (31 miles) north.  Driving from Nanaimo Airport to Parksville takes approximately 40 minutes.
  • Air Canada or Westjet:  To Comox (YQQ), then drive 92 km (57 miles) south.  Driving from Comox Airport to Parksville takes approximately 1 hour.
  • Multiple commercial carriers:  To Victoria International (YYJ), then drive 164 km (102 miles) north. Driving from Victoria Airport to Parksville takes approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Other flight options:

    • Harbour Air and Seair Seaplanes from either Vancouver (YVR) or downtown Vancouver harbour to Nanaimo harbour, then drive 37 km (23 miles) north.  Driving from Nanaimo to Parksville takes approximately 30 minutes.
    • Private plane:  Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Qualicum Beach (XQU), then drive 15 km (9 miles) south.  Driving from Qualicum Beach Airport to Parksville takes approximately 15 minutes.

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Vehicle/Ferry Connections:

If you are planning to drive to Parksville, you will need to take a ferry to Vancouver Island.  September is still a busy tourist season, so we recommend you reserve your space on the ferry. The following ferries are available:

From Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver, BC) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo, BC), then drive 31 km (19 miles) north.  The ferry crossing takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, and driving from Nanaimo Harbour to Parksville takes approximately 30 minutes.  Click here for Horseshoe Bay/Departure Bay BC Ferry schedule.

From Tsawwassen (Vancouver, BC) to Duke Point (Nanaimo, BC), then drive 52 km (32 miles) north.  The ferry crossing takes approximately 2 hours, and driving from Nanaimo to Parksville takes approximately 30 minutes.  Click here for Tsawwassen/Duke Point BC Ferry schedule.

From Tsawwassen (Vancouver, BC) to Swartz Bay (Victoria, BC), then drive 146 km (91 miles) north.  The ferry crossing takes approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes, and driving from Victoria to Parksville takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.  Click here for Tsawwassen / Swartz Bay BC Ferry schedule.

From Port Angeles, WA, USA, to Victoria, BC, then drive 146 km (91 miles) north.  The ferry crossing takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, and driving from Victoria to Parksville takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.  Click here for Port Angeles / Victoria Black Ball Ferry schedule.

From Anacortes, WA, USA, to Sidney, BC, then drive 165 km (103 miles) north.  The ferry crossing takes approximately 2 hours 45 minutes, and driving from Sidney to Parksville takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.  Click here for Anacortes / Sidney Washington State Ferry schedule.

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Travel Route Thumbnails (click to view in Google Maps)

Victoria to Parksville

Nanaimo to Parksville

Comox to Parksville

Qualicum Beach to Parksville

Highway 19 to Parksville Community Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When driving, take exit 51 from BC Highway 19 and proceed northeast on BC Highway 4A (Alberni Highway).

Turn right (east) on Jensen Avenue and drive 2 blocks to the Parksville Community Centre on your right.

 

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Expected Weather

Weather in Parksville in late September is generally sunny and pleasant, but come prepared for rain and cool winds just in case!  Here are some links to weather sites:

Long-range forecast:

Parksville long-range weather forecast from Accuweather

Parksville long-range weather forecast from The Weather Network

 

Current conditions:

Parksville Accuweather

Parksville current conditions from The Weather Network

Nanaimo Environment Canada Weather

 

Climate averages

Nanaimo Environment Canada Climate

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