How to Get Here

Powell River          

Students should arrive on June 11, 2017 and depart on June 25, 2017. We recommend students fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). From there there are several options to get to Powell River.

Alternatively, students can fly into Comox Airport on Vancouver Island. From Comox there is a 80 minute ferry ride (see below). 

Powell River is located 124 km (77 miles) northwest of Vancouver on the Upper Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. It lies east of Vancouver Island, just across the Georgia Strait from the towns of Courtenay and Comox.

Please be aware that there are limited flights and bus trips to Powell River. Plan your trip carefully and make sure there is enough time to make your connections to Powell River.


powell river map

Getting Here by Car

From Vancouver

Powell River is a pleasant, scenic drive up the Sunshine Coast. It takes about five hours total travel time to go by car from downtown Vancouver to Powell River. The trip includes two 45-50 minute ferry rides and a nice drive in between.

The trip starts by taking BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale. From that point drive north for 88 km (55 miles) along the well-marked route up the Sunshine Coast Highway (Hwy 101) through Gibsons and Sechelt. A second BC Ferry takes you from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay where you will continue on Hwy 101 for 27 km (16 miles) to Powell River. 

Horseshoe Bay to Langdale ferry scheduleEarls Cove to Saltery Bay ferry schedule.

From Vancouver Island

To get to Powell River from Vancouver Island, take the ferry from Little River in Comox (near Courtenay). The passage across the Georgia Strait is an enjoyable 80 minutes and the ferry docks in the heart of Powell River.  Bus or taxi  is available to get to the ferry terminal at Little River.

Comox to Powell River ferry schedule

By Air

From Vancouver

Pacific Coastal Airlines offers multiple daily direct flights from the South Terminal at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). There is a free shuttle from the YVR Domestic and International Terminals to the South Terminal. Flight time to the Powell River Municipal Airport is approximately 25 minutes. To reserve, call toll-free 1-800-663-2872.

PRISMA Charter Flight

The charter is a great way to start meeting other PRISMA participants.

The charter departs the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) South Terminal at 7:30 pm on Sunday, June 11 to allow students time to fly into Vancouver, and at 9:00 am on June 25 to allow students time to make their connecting flights. There is a free shuttle between the Vancouver International Airport Main Terminal and the South Terminal.  You should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the charter’s take off time.

We advise students taking the charter to arrive no later than 5:00pm at Vancouver International Airport on June 11 and depart no earlier than 11:30am from Vancouver International Airport for domestic flights and no earlier than 12:30pm for international flights on June 25.


Price:  $265 CAD return


Click here to book your seat on the charter.


By booking this charter, the passenger agrees that PRISMA will not be responsible for expenses or airline fees incurred as a result of delay or cancellation due to situations and events not within PRISMA's control, including weather, air traffic delays or the failure of Pacific Coastal Airlines to meet its contract or promises. The passenger agrees that this charter is subject to the terms and conditions set by Pacific Coastal Airlines.  

Please note that the charter has a luggage weight limit of 25lbs including instruments and carry-on.


Regular Pacific Coastal Airlines Flight Schedule

Vancouver South Terminal (YVR) to Powell River (YPW)
Effective June 5th, to June 29th, 2017
201 Mon-Sat 0825 0900 non-stop
205 Sun 1005 1040 non-stop
209 Sat 1145 1220 non-stop
207 Mon-Fri, Sun 1330 1405 non-stop
217 Daily 1630 1705 non-stop
219 Mon-Fri, Sun 1835 1910 non-stop
Powell River (YPW) to Vancouver South Terminal (YVR)
Effective June 5th, to June 29th, 2017
200 Mon-Fri 0650 0725 non-stop
204 Sun 0900 0935 non-stop
202 Mon-Sat 0920 0955 non-stop
206 Sun 1100 1135 non-stop
210 Sat 1240 1315 non-stop
208 Mon-Fri, Sun 1425 1500 non-stop
218 Daily 1730 1805 non-stop

*Schedule is subject to change. Please visit the Pacific Coastal Airlines website for updated information