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

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Car ferry, drive  •  2 h 54 min

  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

Line 250 bus, car ferry, bus  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Take the line 250 bus from Westbound W Georgia St @ Seymour St to Bus Stop @ Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal 250 / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Horseshoe Bay, BC to Nanaimo Departure Bay
  3. Take the bus from Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada to Duncan, BC - Bus Depot

$33 - $90

Bus and ferry, bus  •  7 h 49 min

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

$74 - $82

Fly, 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

$196 - $232

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan is to car ferry and drive which costs $27 - $95 and takes 2 h 54 min.

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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 1 h 18 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan. However, there are services departing from Vancouver Cruise Ship Terminal and arriving at South Shore 10 block via Victoria, BC - Conference Center and Canada at Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 49 min.

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The distance between Vancouver and Lake Cowichan is 85 km.

The best way to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan without a car is to line 250 bus and car ferry and bus which takes 6 h 58 min and costs $40 - $120.

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It takes approximately 2 h 54 min to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan, including transfers.

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Vancouver to Lake Cowichan bus services, operated by BC Ferries Connector - Wilson's Group, depart from Vancouver Cruise Ship Terminal station.

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Vancouver to Lake Cowichan bus services, operated by Island Link Bus, arrive at Duncan, BC station.

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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: 53.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 54 min

What companies run services between Vancouver, 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 Bus Stop @ Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, Horseshoe Bay, BC, Nanaimo Departure Bay, Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada, and Central at Cowichan in around 6 h 58 min.

Bus operators
TransLink CA
Phone
+1 604-953-3333
Website
translink.ca
Bus from Westbound W Georgia St @ Seymour St to Bus Stop @ Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
translink.ca
Tofino Bus
Phone
Toll Free: 1.866.986.3466 Local: 250.725.2871
Email
info@tofinobus.com
Website
tofinobus.com
Bus from Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada to Duncan, BC - Bus Depot
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
tofinobus.com
Book at
tofinobus.com
BC Ferries Connector - Wilson's Group
Phone
+1 888 788 8840
Email
reservations@bcfconnector.com
Website
bcfconnector.com
Bus and ferry from Vancouver Cruise Ship Terminal to Victoria, BC
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$53
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
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Book at
islandlinkbus.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
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
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
$83
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
$77
Schedules at
seairseaplanes.com
Taxi from Nanaimo Harbour to Lake Cowichan
Ave. Duration
58 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150

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