British Columbia Highway 19A

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Coordinates: 49°12′18.1″N 124°0′21.4″W / 49.205028°N 124.005944°W / 49.205028; -124.005944

Highway 19A shield

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

British Columbia provincial highways

BC 19 BC 20

Highway 19A, known locally as the Oceanside Route or the Old Island Highway, is composed of the original 1953 alignments of Highway 19 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]

Route Details[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][3]

Oceanside Route[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.

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.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Landmark Kilometre Inventory (PDF). British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Report). Cypher Consulting. July 2015. pp. 298–305. 
  2. ^ "BC-19A northbound". Google Maps. June 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "BC-19A southbound". Google Maps. April 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.