There are 7 ways to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan by car ferry, car, 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  •  3 h

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

$21 - $73

6 alternative options

Fly Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour, taxi  •  1 h 18 min

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

$198 - $234

Fly Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour, taxi #2  •  2 h 2 min

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

$198 - $234

Fly Vancouver to Nanaimo  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Nanaimo (YCD) YVR - YCD

$199 - $409

Fly Coal Harbour Spb to Nanaimo  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Coal Harbour Spb (CXH) to Nanaimo (ZNA) CXH - ZNA

$209 - $345

Fly Vancouver to Victoria, car ferry, drive  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Victoria (YYJ) YVR - YYJ
  2. Take the car ferry from Brentwood Bay, BC to Mill Bay, BC
  3. Drive from Mill Bay, BC to Lake Cowichan

$69 - $192

Fly Vancouver to Qualicum, drive  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Qualicum (XQU) YVR - XQU
  2. Drive from Qualicum to Lake Cowichan

$95 - $187

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

Air Canada and WestJet fly from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan every 4 hours.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Vancouver to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $310
Flights from Vancouver to Victoria
Ave. Duration
29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Pacific Coastal Airlines
Website
pacificcoastal.com
Flights from Vancouver to Victoria
Ave. Duration
25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $300
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Vancouver to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Vancouver to Victoria
Ave. Duration
31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $300
Helijet International
Website
helijet.com
Flights from Coal Harbour Spb to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
K D Air Corporation
Flights from Vancouver to Qualicum
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $230
Orca Air
Website
flyorcaair.com
Flights from Vancouver to Qualicum
Ave. Duration
33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $230
Ferry operators
BC Ferries
Website
bcferries.com
Car ferry from Horseshoe Bay, BC to Nanaimo Departure Bay
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $60
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Book at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$14
Standard Vehicle
$58
Motorcycle
$36
Car ferry from Brentwood Bay, BC to Mill Bay, BC
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $21
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$7
Standard Vehicle
$21
Motorcycle
$14
Other operators
Harbour Air
Phone
1.800.665.0212
Website
harbourair.com
Plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$84
Schedules at
harbourair.com
Seaair Seaplanes
Website
seairseaplanes.com
Plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$78
Schedules at
seairseaplanes.com
Taxi from Nanaimo Harbour to Lake Cowichan
Ave. Duration
58 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Vancouver and Lake Cowichan is 83 km.

The cheapest way to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan is to car ferry and drive which costs $27 - $95 and takes 3 h.

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

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