How to Get Here

How to Get Here

Powell River is located on the mainland, 124 km (77 miles) northwest of Vancouver on the Upper Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. It lies east of Vancouver Island, just across the Georgia Strait from the towns of Courtenay and Comox.

powell river map
Students should arrive on Sunday June 10 and depart on Sunday June 24, 2018. Students can either fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and take a Pacific Coastal Airline flight to Powell River (see options A and B), or fly into Comox Airport (YQQ) and take the ferry to Powell River (see option C). 

Alternatively students can get to Powell River by car.


Getting Here by Air


Option A - Vancouver (YVR) to Powell River (YPW) using PRISMA Round Trip Special Price (CAN $335)

Seats are limited, so book early using the PayPal button below, and then email us at to give us your preferred flight times. Please check in at least one hour in advance or you will lose your booking.

Flight times on Sunday June 10th – Vancouver to Powell River:
-departing Vancouver South Terminal at 18:35

Flight times on Sunday June 24th – Powell River to Vancouver:
-departing Powell River at 9:35
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Please note that Option A is on a first-come-first-served basis. Once these flights have been booked then students will have to use Option B or Option C.

Option B - From Vancouver (YVR) to Powell River (YPW) Direct Return (Self Booking)

Pacific Coastal Airlines offers multiple daily direct flights from the South Terminal at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Between the YVR Domestic or International Terminals and the South Terminal there is a free shuttle which takes about 30-40 minutes. Pacific Coastal Airlines requires checking in 1 hour prior to departure time.
Flight time to the Powell River Municipal Airport is approximately 25 minutes. To reserve, call toll-free 1-800-663-2872 or visit the Pacific Coastal Airlines website for updated information and schedules. Please be aware that there are limited flights between Powell River and Vancouver. 
When arriving: Allow for a minimum of 2 hours between arrival time and your Pacific Coastal Airline check in to get through customs, pick up your luggage, and for the shuttle bus to the South Terminal. Pacific Coastal Airlines require a minimum check in time of 1 hour prior to departure.  

When departingAllow for a minimum of 1 hour to get from the South Terminal to the Main Terminal. Check in time before departure is 3 hours for international flights.


Option C - Arrive in Comox (YQQ) and take the BC Ferry from Comox/Little River on Vancouver Island to Powell River.

If you can arrange for a flight to arrive into Comox before 14:00, take a taxi to the Little River ferry terminal for the 15:25 crossing to Powell River (arr. 16:55). If your flight arrives into Comox no later than 17:30, take a taxi to the Little River terminal for the 19:10 crossing to Powell River (arr. 20:40). (Please note that this is the last ferry crossing of the day and the ferries leave on time!)
As you walk off the ferry you will be met by PRISMA staff.


Getting Here by Car

From Vancouver

Powell River is a pleasant, scenic drive up the Sunshine Coast. It takes about five hours total travel time to go by car from downtown Vancouver to Powell River. The trip includes two 45-50 minute ocean ferry rides and a drive on winding highway in between. The trip starts by taking BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale. From that point, drive north for 88 km (55 miles) along the well-marked route up the Sunshine Coast Highway (Hwy 101) through Gibsons and Sechelt. A second BC Ferry takes you from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay where you will continue on Hwy 101 for 27 km (16 miles) to Powell River. (Horseshoe Bay to Langdale ferry schedule and Earls Cove to Saltery Bay ferry schedule.) (Check the "Schedule in Effect" dates carefully as there are schedules changes after June 22nd.)

From Vancouver Island

There is a ferry from Little River in Comox (near Courtenay). The passage across the Georgia Strait is an enjoyable 80 minute crossing and the ferry docks in the heart of Powell River. (Comox to Powell River ferry schedule.)