Duncan, at the heart of the Cowichan Valley, “the Warmland,” is located about half way between Victoria and Nanaimo near the south end of Vancouver Island.
There are flights from Vancouver and international connections to both Victoria (YYR) and Nanaimo (YCD). YYR can be accessed by the Victoria Regional bus service, while YCD requires the Nanaimo Airporter.
Harbour Air has scheduled flights from Vancouver harbour to Victoria and Nanaimo harbours and to Maple Bay, which is about 11 km east of Duncan (but with no bus service).
Driving directions from anywhere can be accessed by clicking on the map to the right.
BC Ferries has service from the north coast to Port Hardy, Powell River to Comox, Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Departure Bay in Nanaimo, and Tsawwassen to Duke Point near Nanaimo or Swartz Bay near Victoria. Reservations for cars are recommended, particularly around weekends. The drive from Nanaimo is about 1 hour and from Swartz Bay is about 1.5 hours. There is a ferry from Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay which shortens the drive from Swartz Bay.
Buses to Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminals are available from Metro Vancouver’s TransLink. See the Victoria Regional bus service for service from Swartz Bay to Victoria and Duncan. Another option between Vancouver locations and downtown Victoria is the BC Ferries Connector.
Island Link Bus and Tofino Bus provide scheduled bus service from various Vancouver Island locations and between Departure Bay Ferry Terminal and Duncan. Tofino Bus also has a service from the Vancouver Bus Depot to Duncan. There is no bus service to Duke Point.
Once here in the Warmland, the Cowichan Valley Regional District operates numerous local bus routes.
Duncan Taxi (250-746-4444)
Cobble Hill Taxi (250-743-5555)
Country Cabs (250-746-0009)
There are several bicycle routes from the mainland to the Cowichan Valley. From Swartz Bay via the Mill Bay Ferry, from Swartz Bay via the Great Trail, from Saltspring Island via the Crofton Ferry, or from Nanaimo via a combination of roads and the Great Trail. A few local recreational rides are described at https://www.naturecowichan.net/wp/outdoors/bicycling/.