Getting Here

The Institute of Ocean Sciences is located at 9860 West Saanich Road in North Saanich on Patricia Bay. You can get here by car, public transit, or bicycle. See below for directions for each method of transportation. Everyone is welcome, but please no animals except certified guide and assistance dogs.

Driving:
For the day of the Open House there will be no on-site parking at 9860 West Saanich Road*. We will have FREE shuttle buses running from two locations:
– YYJ Airport Parking, northwest corner lot (lot 2F), with the entrance on Willingdon Road to the west of the main airport entrance. Follow the signs to the parking lot from either the Pat Bay Highway or West Saanich Road. Parking is FREE in this lot. See map to right for location, including the entrance to the lot off Willingdon Road (yellow arrow).
– BC Transit’s McTavish Park and Ride. Parking is also FREE in this lot.
Shuttle buses will run on demand from both locations from 08:15-16:30 (8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) during the Open House.

Scan the QR code below on your phone to set your driving navigation to the YYJ Airport parking lot.

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* Accessible parking will be available on-site for those with limited mobility, please identity yourself at the front entrance at 9860 West Saanich Road.

BC Transit Options:

  • The Institute of Ocean Sciences has a bus stop near the entrance serviced by the #83 bus. It runs approximately every two hours.
  • You can also take any bus that runs to the McTavish Park & Ride and hop on our free shuttle from there. It is serviced by the 70, 71, 72, 81, 82, 87, and 88 routes.
  • For routing assistance, use the BC Transit websiteRider’s GuideTransit App (mobile only), Google Maps, or Umo Mobility (mobile only)

Cycling:

  • Parking is available for bicycles on-site. Please bring your lock with you.
  • To access the Institute of Ocean Sciences by bicycle, the recommended route is to take the Lochside Regional Trail to McTavish Park & Ride. From there you can lock your bike and take a bus or the free shuttle, or you can continue by bicycle to the Flight Path multiuse pathway which brings you near the entrance.
  • For maps and route-finding see the print or digital CRD Bike Map, or use your favourite service like Google Maps, the Transit App (mobile only), or Cyclosm

Walking:

  • The Institute of Ocean Sciences can be accessed via the Flight Path pathway near the corner of West Saanich Road and Willingdon Road. Please do not park in the nearby Patricia Bay Park and Jubilee Park Area as these areas are for visitors of those parks. Widgeon Drive (float plane base) will be reserved for staff working during the open house.

Boating/Kayak:

  • We will not be offering any tie-up options at our docks for private boats unfortunately.