Welcome to Victoria, BC!

Where we’re located

Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia, on the West Coast of Canada. As a major destination and home to the province’s capital city, travel by both air and sea are easily accessible.

Getting to Victoria by Air

Victoria’s International Airport (YYJ) is located 22 km north of downtown Victoria and the conference location. Recommended flight connections for international travelers to Victoria are via:

  • Vancouver, CAN (YVR)
  • Calgary, CAN (YYC)
  • Toronto, CAN (YYZ)
  • Seattle, USA (SEA)

For the most convenient travel arrangements, ensure you book your flight straight through to Victoria.

Arrivals into Victoria

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The shuttle service from the Victoria International Airport has been recently discontinued.  The cost of taxi service from the airport to the Fairmont is estimated to be $57, depending on traffic conditions.

Transfers through Vancouver
  • Additional airlines (ie. Pacific Coastal, Hawkair, etc.) provide service to Victoria from the South Terminal on the mainland.
  • If connecting to ground transportation for the final leg of the journey, BC Ferries Connector Bus offers regular scheduled bus service to Victoria. Departures from the airport are timed to connect with BC Ferry departures to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, north of Victoria.
  • Daily scheduled harbour to harbour float-plane service is also available to downtown Victoria from Vancouver (Coal Harbour) and Seattle (Lake Union) on a variety of carriers, including Harbour Air and Kenmore Air.

Getting to Victoria by Sea

There are four major ferry routes to Victoria.

BC Ferries from Vancouver (Tsawassen Ferry Terminal)

BC Ferries runs regularly scheduled vehicle and passenger ferries from Vancouver (Tsawassen Ferry Terminal) to Victoria (Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal). Reservations are available. Unless you have a reservation, travel is first come first served. It is recommended that you arrive at the ferry terminal a minimum of half an hour prior to sailings, and earlier if you wish to board during a popular travel time (such as Friday or Sunday evenings). For more information, reservations or to check schedules, visit

The Victoria Clipper from Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC

The Victoria Clipper is a passenger only high-speed ferry running between Pier 69 in downtown Seattle and Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour. The trip takes between 2 & 3 hours, depending on weather conditions. Reservations are available. For more information and to view schedules and fares, or to make a reservation, visit

The Washington State Ferries from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC

Washington State Ferries sails from Anacortes (90 miles north of Seattle) to Sidney, BC (25 minutes north of Victoria). The ferry runs twice daily in the summer months, and the scenic crossing takes approximately 3 hours. This is a vehicle and passenger ferry. Vehicle reservations are recommended. To view schedules, fares, or make reservations visit

The Coho Ferry (Blackball Transport Inc.) from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, BC

The Coho Ferry sails four times daily between Port Angeles and Victoria, arriving in Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour. This is a vehicle and passenger ferry. Reservations are available. For more information on sailing schedules and fares visit


During the conference, delegates can take advantage of an excellent conference rate at one of North America’s most prestigious hotels, The Fairmont Empress, where Maritime Security Challenges 2022 will be held.


We are pleased to announce that the next in-person MSC meeting will take place on: November 14-16, 2022 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. More information on registering for this meeting will be available in the future.


The opportunity to show your brand to naval officers, academics, political representatives, scientists and students from around the world.  Increase your company’s visibility or introduce your new products to this unique group.