Victoria is easy to get to... as long as you like multi-modal transportation. Situated on Vancouver Island (near Vancouver, which is not on the Island, confusingly enough), you will have to either fly or take a ferry of some sort to get here. Though driving is the most convenient, Victoria has a decent transit system for getting around and it is easy to get to by bus (at least from Vancouver).
- To festival sites
- Note that all festival sites are accessible on various buses. See here for route maps and schedules; tickets cost $2.50
- Central Middle School
- Metro theatre
- To Victoria
- Border information
To Festival Sites
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Central Middle School
Central Middle School is located at 1280 Fort St. Be warned: this is not the same location as last year's festival.
- From Downtown
- Follow Fort St. east; CMS is on your left at the top of the first hill, opposite Moss St.
- From UVic
- Leave campus by the South-East entrance, on Henderson Rd; follow Henderson (which shortly becomes Foul Bay Rd.) to Fort St., about 2.5km. Turn right (West) on Fort. CMS is on your left as soon as the road becomes one-way.
- From up-island/airport/ferries
- Follow the highway south; turn left on Fort St; follow the directions above "From Downtown"
- By city bus
- The #7/11/14/15x buses go between downtown (on Fort St.) and the UVic bus loop, and pass in front of CMS. See BC Transit for maps and schedules. There is a stop immediately in front of the school in each direction
Metro theatreThe Metro Theatre is at 1411 Quadra St.
- From downtown
- Johnson & Quadra is within easy walking distance of anywhere downtown.
- From UVic
- Leave campus by the south-east entrance (Henderson Rd/University Dr). Follow Henderson Rd (later Foul Bay Rd) south to Fort St; turn right on Fort. Find street parking downtown
- From CMS
- Follow Yates St west from CMS. Find street parking downtown
- Follow Richmond Rd. south to Fort; turn right on Fort. Find street parking downtown
- By city bus
- From CMS or UVic, take the #7/11/14/15 south. Get off the bus just after Vancouver St. and walk the remaining half-block to Quadra, then north to Johnson
Getting to Victoria
For general information on all ferries to Victoria, see here
- From Vancouver
- Take the 99 south towards Seattle. Just after the George Massey tunnel under the Fraser River, take the exit for Highway #17, signed for "ferries" and "Victoria via ferries". After about five or 10 minutes, you'll hit the ferry terminal. Get into one of the lineups marked "Victoria". The ferry takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes. After you get off the ferry, follow the directions to festival sites, above.
- From Seattle or further south
- Take the I5 north and go across the border, take Exit 28 for Highway #17, signed for "Tsawwassen" and
"Ferries". After taking the exit, keep left and turn left at the traffic light onto Highway 17. Once
you're on Highway 17 heading for the ferries, follow directions as above from Vancouver. If you're really
sneaky you can cut the corner and take Highway #10 from the 99 to Highway 17 in Tsawwassen - guaranteed
to save you about 10 seconds, or get you lost in darkest Ladner if you aren't carrying an experienced
If you're feeling adventurous, try taking the ferry from Anacortes over to Sydney. This will be far slower than the BC ferry from Tsawwasen.
Laidlaw runs busses from the length and breadth of Vancouver Island, most of the routes will get you to Victoria, some via Nanaimo. To take long-distance busses to Victoria from the mainland, take the bus to Vancouver and from the Vancouver main bus/train station take the PCL bus to Victoria; see directions from downtown, above.
Bus destinations in U.S. and Canada:
Greyhound Bus lines 1-800-231-2222(US)
For information on the bus to from Vancouver to Victoria, see:
For information on the bus to Victoria from up-island, see:
Laidlaw Coachlines 1-800-318 081
- From Vancouver
- Take the PCL bus from the main bus/train station or any of its various pick-up points in Vancouver to downtown Victoria (cost: $25 CDN including the ferry). From downtown Victoria, the bus terminal is right across the street from a local bus (BC Transit) stop. From that stop, take the # 4 UVic bus right to campus, which puts you at the transit exchange across the road from the SUB. Follow the directions to the SUB in "Driving: From Vancouver" if you can't find the SUB from that point!
- Using BC Transit Only (the Cheapest Possible Way, besides hitching or biking)
- From Vancouver, take the # 601 to Ladner exchange. From there, take the # 640 to Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Walk on the ferry to Victoria. From the other side, take the # 70 to downtown Victoria. Follow directions to festival sites from downtown Victoria, above
- From Seattle
- You can take the Victoria Clipper foot passenger ferry service between Seattle and Victoria. This
will get you from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria in a couple of hours.
Victoria Clipper 1-206-448-5000
- By Train
- To get to Victoria by train, take Amtrak to Vancouver and then see directions "Bus: From Vancouver" above.
- Via Rail runs a daily train from Courtenay on Vancouver Island to Victoria, arriving at about 6pm
For more information on the trains, see:
Border Information - for US travellers
The security situation at the border is ever-changing. If you are a juggler (which presumably you are, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this), be honest about all the equipment you are bringing and why you are bringing it; but do NOT say "I am a street performer" under any circumstances. If you are performing at the festival, tell them you won't be getting money for it. Bring your passport or at the least photo ID, birth certificate, and proof of residency (a utility bill, etc).
We have extensive experience going south to attend the Portland and Seattle festivals, but little experience going north: any US jugglers reading this who know more than we do, please email us and we'll update this page.
This page gives information for non-Canadians who will be performing at the show: according to this website
you will not need a work permit: