Inland Island Highway
|Maintained by British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure|
|Length||403 km (250 mi)|
|South end||Duke Point Ferry Terminal|
| Hwy 1 (TCH) in Nanaimo|
Hwy 19A south in Nanaimo
Hwy 19A north at Craig's Crossing
Hwy 4A near Parksville
Hwy 4 near Qualicum Beach
Hwy 19A / Hwy 28 in Campbell River
Hwy 30 between and Port McNeill and Port Hardy
|North end||Bear Cove Ferry Terminal|
Highway 19 is the main north-south thoroughfare on Vancouver Island from Nanaimo to Port Hardy. A highway has existed on the Island since about 1912. Originally gravel and rough, the highway was an essential link together with the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway. The paved highway first opened in 1953, replacing a stretch of Highway 1 between Nanaimo and Campbell River, finally being extended to the northern tip of the island in the late 1970s. The total length of the highway is 403 kilometres (250 mi).
Highway 19's northern end is located at the Bear Cove ferry terminal, across the bay from Port Hardy. The highway proceeds southwest from the ferry dock for 5 km (3 mi) to a junction with the main road to the centre of Port Hardy, then turns southeast, travelling for 16 km (10 mi) to Highway 30, and then further east for 20 km (12 mi) to the main road to Port McNeill. The highway then follows the eastern shore of Nimpkish Lake and the Nimpkish River through a long stretch of dense forest terrain for 64 km (40 mi) southeast, until reaching a junction with the community of Woss, then travelling another 65 km east (40 mi), through the boundary between the Regional Districts of Mount Waddington and Strathcona, to a junction with Sayward, and finally entering the city of Campbell River another 64 km (40 mi) southeast, at a junction with Highways 28 and 19A, just past the river that the city is named for.
The entire stretch of Highway 19 north of Campbell River is an undivided two-lane configuration. Once at the junction with Highways 28 and 19A, Highway 19 separates into an expressway configuration, built between 1996 and 2001. In Campbell River, the expressway shares its northbound lanes with Tamarac Street, and its southbound lanes with Willow Street. The entire stretch of Highway 19 between Campbell River and the city of Parksville alternates between a divided four-lane expressway and freeway, with a nominal speed limit of 110 km/h (68 mph), and is referred to as the "Inland Island Highway".
South from Campbell River, Highway 19 is divided primarily by a concrete wall, and goes through a series of six at-grade intersections, five of them possessing exit numbers. 52 km (32 mi) south of Campbell River, Highway 19 reaches its first interchange, with a four-lane arterial highway that goes west to the village of Cumberland and east to the communities of Courtenay and Comox. Past the Courtenay Interchange, Highway 19 is divided by a grass median. 16 km (10 mi) later, Highway 19 reaches another interchange, this time with a two-lane road that goes a short distance east to the B.C. Ferry terminal at Buckley Bay. There are two more at-grade intersections on Highway 19 in the 41 km (25 mi) between the Buckley Bay Interchange and the interchange with Highway 4, which goes north into Qualicum Beach. 9 km (6 mi) later, Highway 19 goes through another interchange, this time with Highway 4A, which goes east into Parksville. The next interchange, at Craig's Crossing, is another 5 km south (3 mi).
Past the Craig's Crossing Interchange, Highway 19 resumes its 1953 alignment, which today is a 4-lane, divided arterial highway with a concrete median barrier mostly constructed during the 1970s. The highway passes southeast through the communities of Nanoose Bay and Lantzville before finally entering the north part of Nanaimo. Highway 19 then veers south onto a 20 km (12 mi) long four-lane expressway known as the "Nanaimo Parkway", which has five at-grade intersections along its length. Highway 19's Nanaimo Parkway portion ends at an interchange with the Trans Canada and Cedar Road. At the interchange with Cedar Road, Highway 19 proceeds to share an alignment with the Trans-Canada Highway south for 2 km (1¼ mi) before turning eastward at another interchange (Duke Point Highway). Highway 19 then crosses over the Nanaimo River 2 km (1¼ mi) later, passes through an interchange at Maughan Rd and then goes northward for 5 km (3 mi), finally terminating at the B.C. Ferry terminal at Duke Point.
The 5 km (3 mi) long stretch of Highway 19 between Capilano Road and Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay is a single point of failure in Vancouver Island's highway system. The total closure of any part of that stretch of road would require a long detour for intra-island traffic, including four ferry segments.
Completed in 1953, the highway was built mostly built along the same route that Highway 19A follows today. By 1979, the highway was extended north to Port Hardy, where it now terminates at the Bear Cove ferry terminal. Before the extension, the northern terminus of the highway was at Kelsey Bay, where BC Ferries originally began its northern route to Prince Rupert until moving its southern terminus north to Port Hardy after the highway was extended. Surveying for the extension had started 1970.  with the project being fully complete by the summer of 1980. Between 1996 and 2001, an express route was built further inland between Parksville and Campbell River, while another express route was built as a western bypass of Nanaimo, extending the highway further south to the Duke Point ferry terminal. This makes Highway 19 the only numbered highway in B.C. to have ferry terminals at both ends.
|0.00||0.00|| Duke Point ferry terminal – BC Ferries to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal|
South End of Duke Point Highway segment and southern terminus (Hwy 17 east)
|0.27||0.17||(0)||private road – Harmac Sawmill||At grade, traffic signals; no westbound exit|
|1.92||1.19||(2)||Maughan Road – Biggs Park, Jack Point||At grade; no westbound entrance|
|Cedar||4.26||2.65||(4)||Maughan Road – Duke Point Industrial Park||Interchange; eastbound exit, westbound entrance|
|Nanaimo||8.03||4.99||7||Hwy 1 (TCH) south – Nanaimo Airport, Victoria||Duke Point Interchange|
Hwy 19 branches north; south end of Hwy 1 concurrency; North end of Duke Point Highway segment.
|9.97||6.20||9||Hwy 1 (TCH) north / Cedar Road – Departure Bay, City Centre, Vancouver||Grade separated; left-side exit; north end of Hwy 1 concurrency|
|South end of Nanaimo Parkway segment|
|16.49||10.25||16||College Drive, Fifth Street – Vancouver Island University|
|18.45||11.46||18||Jingle Pot Road|
|24.55||15.25||24||Jingle Pot Road, Mostar Road|
|28.60||17.77||(28B)||Mary Ellen Drive||Northbound right-in/right-out; northbound access to Hwy 19A|
|29.11||18.09||29||Hwy 19A south (Business Route) to Hwy 1 (TCH) – Departure Bay, Vancouver||Southbound only; jughandle intersection; signalized|
|North end of Nanaimo Parkway segment|
|Nanoose Bay||40.00||24.85||(39)||Northwest Bay Road|
|44.39||27.58||(44)||Northwest Bay Logging Road|
|Parksville||46.19||28.70||46||Hwy 19A north (Oceanside Route)||Craig's Crossing Interchange|
|South end of Inland Island Highway|
|51.75||32.16||51||Hwy 4A west / Alberni Highway – Coombs||Allsbrook Interchange|
|Qualicum Beach||60.71||37.72||60||Hwy 4 west / Memorial Avenue – Port Alberni||Hilliers Interchange|
|||75.15||46.70||75||Horne Lake Road – Qualicum Bay, Bowser|
|Comox Valley||||87.25||54.21||87||Cook Creek Road – Deep Bay, Fanny Bay|
|101.08||62.81||101||Buckley Bay Road (Hwy 964:2360 east) – Buckley Bay, Union Bay, Royston||Interchange; access to Denman Island/Hornby Island ferry; Hwy 964:2360 is unsigned|
|South end of Ginger Goodwin Way|
|Cumberland||117.80||73.20||117||Comox Valley Parkway (Hwy 964:2349 east) – Courtenay, Comox, CFB Comox, Ferries||Interchange; access to Powell River via ferry; Hwy 964:2349 is unsigned|
|North end of Ginger Goodwin Way|
|||127.27||79.08||127||Piercy Road – Courtenay, Comox|
|130.88||81.33||130||Dove Creek Road, Strathcona Parkway – Mount Washington|
|144.10||89.54||144||Hamm Road – Black Creek|
|Campbell River||161.36||100.26||161||Jubilee Parkway (Hwy 964:2364 east) – Campbell River Airport||Hwy 964:2364 is unsigned|
|170.43||105.90||(169)||Hwy 28 west / Hwy 19A south (Oceanside Route) – Gold River, City Centre, Quadra Island|
|North end of Inland Island Highway|
|||234.24||145.55||Sayward Road (Hwy 964:2371 north) – Sayward||Hwy 964:2371 is unsigned|
|Mount Waddington||||320.96||199.44||Zeballos Mainline – Zeballos|
|||355.83||221.10||Beaver Cove Road (Hwy 964:2391 east) – Telegraph Cove||Hwy 964:2391 is unsigned|
|Port McNeill||363.08||225.61||Campbell Way (Hwy 964:2396 north) – Alert Bay, Sointula||Hwy 964:2396 is unsigned|
|||382.69||237.79||Hwy 30 west – Port Alice|
|Port Hardy||398.98||247.91||Douglas Street (Hwy 964:2398 north) – Port Hardy||South end of Bear Cove Highway segment; Hwy 19 branches right; Douglas Street is considered an unofficial alternate route of Hwy 19; Hwy 964:2398 is unsigned|
|403.63||250.80||Bear Cove Ferry Terminal – BC Ferries to Central Coast and Prince Rupert. North end of Bear Cove Highway segment and northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
() - Exit not officially numbered