Bowen Island - The Perfect Getaway from Vancouver
Bowen Island is the closest inhabitable island from Vancouver. It's a mere 20 minute ferry ride after a 30 minute drive from downtown to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. In less than an hour you can escape every nuance that may bother you about Vancouver or city life in general and find yourself amongst an island community that seems so far detached from what's known as the Lower Mainland that it might as well be located off the shores of Southern California - as in a miniature version of Catalina Island - so to speak. On a warm sunny day, you could barely tell the difference.
Within minutes of disembarking the Queen of Capilano Ferry to Bowen Island our lost tourists without a map expression, given away by our 360 degree surveying of the surroundings, brought the helpful locals out of the woodwork. While visitor brochures are abound at the gateway of Bowen Island we sparsely had to look at the folded parchment as we were given tips about what to do and where to go (which we'll be sharing with you) from both counter staff and residents gathered around the local Bowen Island cafe.
Within a span of 6 hours we experienced the best of what Bowen Island had to offer. Follow the following photo stream for a visual taste of Bowen Island activities, attractions, healthy eats and sweet treats. We'll be returning soon so look for this montage to grow through the next few months.
Welcome to Bowen Island BC
Before hopping on the ferry from Horseshoe Bay, stop by the Lookout Coffee House
The Queen of Capilano ferry to Bowen Island
Bowen Island Marina vintage appeal
"What to do?"
Best place to start the day on Bowen Island - The Snug on Bowen Coffee House
Start with a BIG game of chess on the outside patio of Snug Coffee House
Snug Coffee House Mochas are amazing!
Time stands still when relaxing in the AM at Snug Coffee House
After coffee a Snug, head up to the village to browse the boutique shops
Even the tech shop on Bowen Island has character
Be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth at this cute candy shop
Follow the mural to the Bowen Island Candy in the Cove Candy Store
After shopping, head to Bowen Island Roasting Company and tell the owner you want an espreso with coconut in it - he'll take care of you!
Expect welcome company at any moment when relaxing with an Island Mocha
There are many activities to choose from on Bowen Island - biking, boating, hiking, swimming, kayaking...
There's no sand on Sandy Beach so skip the beach towel and just enjoy the walk instead
Take a sort walk from Snug Cove up to Artisan Square
Got a sweet tooth while at Artisan Square? This is the place to satisfy it.
The view from Artisan Square is the best on Bowen Island
Artisan Square's Artisan Eats Cafe & Bakery has character, so stop in for a visit
Grab a pastry, panini, or grilled cheese at Artisan Eats Cafe & Bakery
Wind down the late afternoon dockside at Bowen Island
Walk down the Bowen Island docks and explore the sites
Fuel up with some Bowen Island Tacos (and ice cream!)
Snack on some Mexican Wedding Cookies at the Bowen Island Taco stand
A Hawaiian Style Shave Ice Truck (Airstream actually) on Bowen Island? Sold.
It actually IS Hawaiian Style Shave Ice. This is a SMALL! Order the Coconut/Pineapple/RedVelvet - as good as Aoki's (Oahu)
But stop by early at Soylent Green's Airstream because the Shave Ice sells out fast
Save room for a Corona on the patio at Miksa
If you have only one sandwich on Bowen Island, the Big Moe (Peanut Butter, Cheese Curds, Banana, and Apple Smoked Bacon on Sourdough) from Miksa is it.
Thanks Bowen Island. We WILL be back soon! Aloha