Getting to Sayward

Getting Here

Sayward can be reached by air, road, or water.

Sayward by Air

The closest airport is 82km south in Campbell River. Pacific Coastal Airlines and Air Canada offer up to six return flights daily between Vancouver and Campbell River. Westjet offers direct flights to and from Edmonton and Calgary and on to all their eastern and US destinations from the Comox Airport. This makes flying anywhere in North America very fast and convenient. There is a helicopter pad located near Kelsey Bay which can be used with the permission of the owner. Sayward also has a gravel runway that can be used for emergency landings.

Sayward by Road

Sayward is accessed by Highway 19, the main highway serving the east coast of Vancouver Island from Victoria to Port Hardy. The Village of Sayward is 10 km off the highway on Sayward Road.

Distances from Major Centres to the Village of Sayward

Campbell River 75 km 50 min
Nanaimo 238km 2 hrs
Port Hardy 153 km 2 hrs
Victoria 336 km 4 hrs

Sayward by Water

Sayward has the only Federal Wharf and Small Craft Harbour on the Johnstone Strait, midway between Campbell River and Port McNeill. Cruise ships, recreational and commercial vessels travel this section of the Inside Passage en route north to Alaska and points south.

Located in Kelsey Bay, the small Craft Harbour is managed by the Sayward Harbour Authority and has a new loading ramp, derrick and wave reduction system.

The Port of Kelsey Bay Wharf is located just west of the small Craft Harbour and offers moorage in fair weather as well as pier fishing and a fish cleaning station. Three small boat launch ramps are available.

There is no marine fuel available at either wharf. Diesel fuel can be delivered by truck when ordered.