British Columbia Highway 19A

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Highway 19A
Old Island Highway
Oceanside Route
Route information
Existed 1953 – present
Nanaimo setion
Length 12 km (7 mi)
South end Hwy 1 in Nanaimo
North end Hwy 19 in Nanaimo
Oceanside section
Length 123 km (76 mi)
South end Hwy 19 at Craig's Crossing
Hwy 4A in Parksville
Hwy 4 in Qualicum Beach
North end Hwy 19 / Hwy 28 in Campbell River
Highway system

British Columbia provincial highways

Hwy 19Hwy 20

Highway 19A, known locally as the Oceanside Route or the Old Island Highway, is a provincial highway in British Columbia, Canada. It runs along two former sections of Highway 19 on Vancouver Island, within Nanaimo and between Craig's Crossing and Campbell River. The section of Highway 19A between Craig's Crossing and Campbell River is 123 km (76 mi) long, and the Nanaimo alignment covers 12 km (7 mi).[1] The highway was established after Highway 19 was realigned to a new road in 1953.[citation needed]

Route description[edit]


Highway 19A's Nanaimo alignment begins at Stewart Avenue (Trans-Canada Highway / Highway 1) at the entrance to the Departure Bay ferry terminal and proceeds up Brechin Road to Terminal Avenue. The highway then turns north and proceeds through the northern business district of the city to northern end of the Nanaimo Parkway (Highway 19).

Terminal Avenue between Stewart Avenue and Brechin Road is signed as an alternate connection between Highways 1 and 19A and a bypass to the Departure Bay ferry terminal.[2]

Oceanside section[edit]

Highway 19A's northern alignment begins at the junction of Highway 19 at Craig's Crossing and hugs the coastline for 14 km (9 mi) through Parksville and the town of Qualicum Beach. The highway continues northwest for 37 km (23 mi) through the settlements Bowser, Deep Bay, and Fanny Bay before it meets a junction with Highway 19 at the Buckley Bay B.C. Ferry terminal.[3]

From Buckley Bay, Highway 19A once again hugs the coastline as it proceeds northwest through the hamlets of Union Bay and Royston for 20 km (12 mi) before entering the city of Courtenay. Highway 19A proceeds through the southern part of the city of Courtenay on Cliffe Avenue, then crosses the Courtenay River on one of only two road drawbridges on Vancouver Island, intersects with the main road into Comox, and travels along a bypass around the city centre. Highway 19A then intersects Ryan Road, which provides access to the Comox ferry terminal in Little River and CFB Comox, and leaves Courtenay at the intersection with Headquarters Road. The highway continues inland for 26 km (16 mi), through the communities of Grantham, Merville, Black Creek, and Oyster River before rejoining the coastline at the intersection with Oyster Garden Road. From there, the highway hugs the coastline for 18 km (11 mi), entering the city of Campbell River, passing by the B.C. Ferry terminal at Discovery Pier, and going north and west around the City Centre before terminating at the junction of Highways 19 and 28.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

Regional districtLocationkm[1]miDestinationsNotes
NanaimoNanaimo0.000.00 Hwy 1 (Stewart Avenue)
2.601.62 Brechin Road – to Departure Bay ferry terminal
12.107.52 Hwy 19 northNorthern terminus of Nanaimo segment
 Gap in highway
NanaimoParksville29.2018.14 Hwy 19 – Port Alberni, Campbell River, NanaimoSouthern terminus of Oceanside Route segment
36.522.7 Hwy 4A south (Alberni Highway) – Port Alberni, Tofino
Qualicum Beach47.9029.76 Hwy 4 (Memorial Avenue) to Hwy 19 – Qualicum Beach Town Centre, Port Alberni
Buckley Bay69.9043.43 Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal – Denman Island, Hornby Island.
Courtenay109.0067.73 Ryan Road – Powell River Ferry, CFB Comox
Campbell River157.0097.56 Hwy 19 (Tamarac Street) / Hwy 28 west (Campbell River Road) – Gold River, Nanaimo, Port Hardy
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Cypher Consulting (July 2016). Landmark Kilometre Inventory (PDF) (Report). British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. pp. 306–313. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 
  2. ^ Google (July 4, 2018). "BC Highway 19A (Nanaimo section)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Google (July 4, 2018). "BC Highway 19A (Oceanside section)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 

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