Bowen Island: The Perfect Day Trip from Vancouver


Bowen Island by Savage blackout

Bowen Island is only a short ferry ride form Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal and easily accessible from Vancouver by car or by transit. With mountain views, fresh local food, outdoor activities, and endless shorelines to explore; Bowen Island is a great adventure!

Even the 20-minute ferry ride over to Bowen Island is worth the trip. You can see the North Shore Mountains steeply meeting the shoreline of Howe Sound and gaze out to the Georgia Straight, Vancouver Island and other Gulf Islands.

The tiny town of Snug Cove is picture perfect. There are shops and cafes and a small park near the marina that is a perfect spot for a picnic. Beside the Ferry Terminal there are Kayaks that rent by the hour and are a great way to explore the beaches, coves and wild life around the Island. Kayaking is known as Bowen Island’s “Signature Activity.”  Hiking on Bowen Island is a popular pastime. You may want to hike the wetlands of Killarney Lake or up Mt. Gardener for a panoramic views. Catching the sunset on one of the rocky beaches on the west side of Bowen Island is the perfect way to end your day trip before heading back to Vancouver.

Bowen Island Fog photo by aliwithers on Flickr

There are regular ferries scheduled almost hourly between Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and Bowen Island. If you are travelling on foot, the Bus to Horseshoe Bay stops only a few blocks from The Residences on Georgia or you may want to take the Water Taxi from Granville Island or Canada Place. Find all your maps and travel options to Bowen Island here.  However you get there and whatever you do, be sure to take your camera. This is a trip you will not want to forget!

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