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There are 4 ways to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan by car ferry, car, bus and ferry, bus, plane or taxi

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Car ferry, drive  •  3h

  1. Take the car ferry from Horseshoe Bay, BC to Nanaimo Departure Bay
  2. Drive from Nanaimo Departure Bay to Lake Cowichan

$21 - $73

3 alternative options

Bus and ferry, bus  •  8h 12m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Victoria, BC Vancouver / ...
  2. Take the bus from Victoria, BC - Conference Center to Duncan, BC 1405-Y 1407-Y

$84 - $93

Bus and ferry, bus via Central at Cowichan  •  8h 20m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Victoria, BC Vancouver / ...
  2. Take the bus from Victoria, BC - Conference Center to Duncan, BC - Bus Depot Victoria to Nanaimo Northbound / ...

$82 - $93

Fly, taxi  •  1h 18m

  1. Take the plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
  2. Take a taxi from Nanaimo Harbour to Lake Cowichan

$196 - $232

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan is to car ferry and drive which costs $27 - $100 and takes 3h.

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The quickest way to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan is to fly and taxi which costs $250 - $310 and takes 1h 18m.

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The distance between Vancouver and Lake Cowichan is 83 km.

The best way to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan without a car is to bus and ferry and bus which takes 8h 12m and costs $100 - $130.

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It takes approximately 3h to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan, including transfers.

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There are nine+ hotels available in Lake Cowichan. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan.
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  • Distance: 51.8 miles
  • Duration: 3h

What companies run services between Vancouver, BC, Canada and Lake Cowichan, BC, Canada?

There is no direct connection from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan. However, you can take the drive to Horseshoe Bay, BC, take the car ferry to Nanaimo Departure Bay, then take the drive to Lake Cowichan. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan via Bridgeport Station Platform 1, Bridgeport Station @ Bay 12, Bus Access Rd @ Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, Victoria, BC, Victoria, BC - Conference Center, and Canada at Station in around 8h 12m.

Bus operators
BC Ferries Connector - Wilson's Group
Phone
+1 888 788 8840
Email
reservations@bcfconnector.com
Website
bcfconnector.com
Bus and ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Victoria, BC
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$57
Schedules at
bcfconnector.com
Book at
bcfconnector.zaui.net
Island Link Bus
Email
info@islandlinkbus.com
Website
islandlinkbus.com
Bus from Victoria, BC - Conference Center to Duncan, BC
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Book at
islandlinkbus.com
Tofino Bus
Phone
Toll Free: 1.866.986.3466 Local: 250.725.2871
Email
info@tofinobus.com
Website
tofinobus.com
Bus from Victoria, BC - Conference Center to Duncan, BC - Bus Depot
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
tofinobus.com
Book at
tofinobus.com
Ferry operators
BC Ferries
Phone
+1 250-386-343
Website
bcferries.com
Car ferry from Horseshoe Bay, BC to Nanaimo Departure Bay
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $60
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Book at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$14
Standard Vehicle
$58
Motorcycle
$36
Other operators
Harbour Air
Phone
1.800.665.0212
Website
harbourair.com
Plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$83
Schedules at
harbourair.com
Seaair Seaplanes
Website
seairseaplanes.com
Plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$77
Schedules at
seairseaplanes.com
Taxi from Nanaimo Harbour to Lake Cowichan
Ave. Duration
58m
Estimated price
$120 - $150

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