• Good Catch
  • Tyee Boat
  • Great Fishing
  • Lodge Deck
  • Tyee Crew
  • Fine Dining
  • Sunset
  • Evening Bite

If Tyee Resort had been open for business in the 1930s, it would have been possible to travel to Bamfield from Victoria, or other towns on the island's west coast, on the steamship Princess Norah. The photo below of the Princess Norah in Bamfield circa 1930 was supplied by Jon Duggan of Sydney, Australia. Jon's father, Nick Duggan, was employed by Cable & Wireless and worked in Canada during the 1930s ‘till the late 1940s.

The Princess Norah travelled up and down the west coast from Victoria to Port Alice three times a month, leaving Victoria on the 1st, 11th and 21st day of the month.


Bamfield in 1930



According to Wikipedia, Norah's engines were removed in 1964 and the powerless hulk was converted to the Beachcomber, a floating restaurant and dance hall in Kodiak, Alaska.


Getting to Bamfield Today


Via Air Plane


Several companies specialize in providing commuter service from Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria to Bamfield. We will be pleased to assist with flight arrangements.

A new small airline, Northstar Air, is planning to start flights from Victoria to Bamfield. Click here for more details.


Via Car Ferry


BC Ferries
Phone: toll-free 888-223-3779 or 250-386-3431 outside BC
Reserved boarding: 888-724-5223 or 604-444-2890 outside BC
Service: Ferry service from Tsawwassen (45 minutes south of Vancouver) to Victoria or Duke Point (Nanaimo), two hours.
Ferry service from Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Nanaimo, ninety minutes.

Black Ball Ferries
Phone: 360-457-4491
Service: Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, ninety minutes.

Victoria Clipper Ferry

Phone 206-448-5000
Service: Ferry service from Seattle, WA to Victoria, two hours.


Driving instructions

Once you have arrived on Vancouver Island (see the maps below) you can drive to Bamfield from Victoria or Nanaimo. Some logging road travel is involved, so don't forget to check your spare tire! It is a well-marked, excellently maintained gravel road, but there are no gas or service stations available. Upon arrival in the village of Bamfield, park vehicles in our designated safe area. Please get maps from us before departure.


Approximate Driving Time
Victoria to Bamfield (via Lake Cowichan and Youbou): Four hours, (this includes two hours on logging road).
Nanaimo to Bamfield (via Port Alberni): Three hours, (this includes ninety minutes on logging road).


Other Transportation to Bamfield


MV Lady Rose
Phone: 250-723-8313
Service: Historic freight and passenger boat from Port Alberni to Bamfield, departing from Port Alberni four times each week during the summer.
Click here for more information.


Empress Water Taxi
Phone: 250-724-9495 or 250-724-4996
Service: Private water-taxi charters which take up to twelve passengers from Port Alberni (four hours).
Prices for Port Alberni to Bamfield:
13 passenger Water Taxi $350
8 passenger Water Taxi $300

Juan de Fuca Express
Phone: 888-755-6578
Service: Cruise from Port Renfrew to Bamfield all along the West Coast Trail. Scenic eco-historical tour.

Neah Bay Boat Launch
Service: Many guests launch their own boats from Neah Bay in WA and run across the Juan de Fuca Strait to Barkley Sound and into Bamfield.

Clutesi Haven Marina
Phone: 250-724-6837
Service: Others prefer to launch their boat in Port Alberni and cruise up the Alberni Canal to Bamfield (one and a quarter hours).

China Creek Boat Launch
Phone: 250-723-9812
Service: Fifteen minutes from Port Alberni; launch and cruise to Bamfield.

Bamfield Village Boat Launch
Phone: 250-728-3006
Service: Launch your boat right at the village for use in Barkley Sound.



The West Coast Trail Bus
Phone: 888-999-2288
Service: Departs Victoria daily to Bamfield (three hours).


Forest Transportation Co.
Private Coach Charters:  a great way for groups of 12 or more to travel to the lodge economically.  Pick up service at Vancouver Island ferries, airports or float plane terminals.
Phone: 888-248-4525    email: bustours@shaw.ca Web site www.forestbustours.com 


Maps (Click to enlarge)



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The Pacific Northwest

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Vancouver Island, Canada

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Village of Bamfield

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Tyee Resort
(Northern Tip of Peninsula)