BC Ferries offers three routes to Vancouver Island from the Mainland. Tsawwassen to Schwartz Bay (Victoria) on the South Island is joined by the Tsawwassen to Duke Point (south of Nanaimo), and Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay (Nanaimo) routes for mid-island travellers who are likely to take the drive to Port Alberni for Mainstage, July 5 – 13. From the Nanaimo Departure Bay terminal, drive time to Port Alberni is a bit more than one hour, depending on traffic.
Discounts on select sailings have been announced by BC Ferries throughout the summer to help balance travel load. The “Sunrise Savings, Sunset Savings” promotion runs from May 16 to September 4, 2019. For more details, visit this page on BC Ferries website. Reservations on BC Ferries sailings are also available.
Accommodation options can be viewed on the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce website.