Referred to as The Harbour City, Nanaimo is a vibrant community of 84,000 people along the east coast of Vancouver Island. Located on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, Nanaimo is sheltered by the mainland with views of the Georgia Strait.

Travel to Vancouver Island Conference Centre

Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC) is located at 101 Gordon Street in downtown Nanaimo.

By Seaplane & Helicopter

Harbour Air provides service from Vancouver Harbour (20 min.) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) (20 min.) to Nanaimo Harbour, docking 2 blocks from VICC. 

Subject to availability, attendees will receive a 20% discount on our goFlex and goGold fares for confirmed domestic travel to/from Nanaimo. Please note that all rates are subject to tax and fees. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions or be paid by Airbucks or TurboBucks and cannot be applied to private charters.
In order to receive this special discounted rate, attendees must contact our Reservation Department directly by phone at 1.800.665.0212, by e-mail at or online at and quote the coupon code ‘IROC2019’. Also be advised that attendees will need to present their conference registration upon check-in. All schedules and location information can be accessed through the website at

Helijet offers scheduled and chartered helicopter flights from the Vancouver Harbour, Vancouver Airport, and Nanaimo Harbour.

Use the promo code BCIROC19 to receive a 30% discount on Helijet fares (excluding sales fares).

Seair Seaplanes offers service between YVR (15 min.) and its Departure Bay terminal, which is less than a five-minute drive from VICC. Tofino Air offers 12 flights daily to and from Nanaimo Harbour and Vancouver Harbour.

By Car

The Conference Centre is situated near Commercial Street, where Gordon Street intersects the Trans-Canada Hwy/Hwy 1/Terminal Avenue. While on-street parking is limited, there is a public parkade behind the building on Gordon St.

By Ferry

BC Ferries provides passenger and vehicle service to Nanaimo from Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay (1 hr., 40 min.) terminal and Tsawwassen (2 hrs.) terminal. Ferries arrive in Departure Bay (5 min. from VICC) and Duke Point (20 min. from VICC). Taxi, bus and shuttle services are available at terminals. Other ferry services, with 90-minute to 3-hour crossing times, link various points in Washington State with Victoria or nearby Sidney, BC.

By Commercial Flight

Air Canada runs 20-minute flights from Vancouver International Airport to Nanaimo Airport, located 15 minutes from VICC. Westjet Airlines and Air Canada offer connecting flights from Calgary International Airport to Nanaimo Airport. Various US and Canadian airlines fly into Victoria International Airport (2 hrs. from VICC). Taxi, bus and shuttle services are available at terminals.


In Nanaimo you can settle in with a well-appointed suite at a high-rise hotel overlooking the sailboats in Nanaimo Harbour, or you can book a room in an affordable guest house or hostel in the midst of lively cafes, restaurants and nightlife.

Find the perfect place to stay on the Tourism Nanaimo website: