There are 5 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.

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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

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Bus and ferry, bus  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Vancouver, BC to Victoria, BC Vancouver
  2. Take the bus from Victoria, BC to Honeymoon Bay West Coast Trail

$137 - $177

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

$197 - $233

Fly Coal Harbour Spb to Nanaimo  •  1 h 16 min

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

$209 - $345

Fly Vancouver to Nanaimo  •  2 h 34 min

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

$199 - $409

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan is to car ferry and drive which costs $26 - $95 and takes 2 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan is to fly which costs $270 - $450 and takes 1 h 16 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 bus and ferry and bus which takes 8 h 31 min and costs $170 - $230.

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

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The quickest flight from Coal Harbour Spb Airport to Nanaimo Airport is the direct flight which takes 20 min.

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Helijet International offers flights from Coal Harbour Spb Airport to Nanaimo Airport.

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There are eight+ 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?

Helijet International flies from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan 4 times a day.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Vancouver to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $310
Helijet International
Website
helijet.com
Flights from Coal Harbour Spb to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Vancouver to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Bus operators
BC Ferries Connector - Wilson's Group
Phone
+1 888 788 8840
Email
reservations@bcfconnector.com
Website
bcfconnector.com
Bus and ferry from Vancouver, BC to Victoria, BC
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$54
Schedules at
bcfconnector.com
Book at
bcfconnector.zaui.net
West Coast Trail Express
Phone
1-250-477-8700
Email
bus@trailbus.com
Website
trailbus.com
Bus from Victoria, BC to Honeymoon Bay
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $100
Schedules at
trailbus.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
$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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