planning your visit to Bowen Island

Bowen Island (pop. 3,362) is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. The quiet, forested island of 52sq km/20sq mi lives up to its slogan of "Within Reach. Beyond Comparison." Water lovers enjoy kayaking around Bowen Island's sheltered bays, swimming at sandy beaches, and mooring their boats at local marinas. And from mighty Mount Gardner to the shores of Killarney Lake, hiking and mountain biking offer both hilly challenges and pure relaxation.

Just 25km/15.5mi northwest of Vancouver, Bowen Island is also easily accessible by water taxi from downtown's Granville Island. Shopping and dining await a short stroll from the ferry in Snug Cove. Dilly-dally happily with artwork, jewelry, fair-trade goods, and Mediterranean and West Coast food in Village Square, Artisan Square, and the Marina on the Pier.

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Nearest airport serving Bowen Island
Vancouver International Airport
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for flights throughout Canada and International destinations

   
   

Scheduled floatplane services
There are no scheduled floatplane services to Bowen Island

 

Car and Passenger Ferries to Bowen Island and Horseshoe Bay
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Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Bowen Island (Snug Cove)
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No advance
reservations
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Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Nanaimo (Departure Bay)
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Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Langdale (Sunshine Coast)
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getting around by local public transit
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From downtown Vancouver, the Horseshoe Bay Express bus (route 257) operates every 20-30 minutes to Horseshoe Bay Ferry terminal

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The following public transit routes operate on Bowen Island
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route C10 : Snug Cove - Bluewater
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route C11 : Snug Cove - Eaglecliff
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For full details of public transit routes in West Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay 
and Bowen Island click on the Rider's Guide alongside.

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Bowen Lift Stops

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Want a lift ?

Our goal is for LIFTs and hitching to be friendly, dependable, everyday community transportation, and to reduce our car use on Bowen. Look for a Bowen Neighborhood LIFT Tag for your destination on vehicles parked on the ferry, at the general store , the post office or any place where Bowen Islanders gather.
Politely ask the vehicle driver if they have room for you to share a ride.

Bowen LIFT has installed signed roadside pullouts at safe strategic places around the island for picking up hitchhikers in addition to traditional thumbing. There are four simple messages to remember:
  -  Drivers don't have to take the first in line
  -  You're not obliged to accept a ride, that's fine
  -  You accept a ride at your own risk
  -  But the ride is free, so consider it a gift.

Water Taxis

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A frequent water taxi runs between Granville Island in downtown Vancouver and Snug Cove on Bowen Island, operated by English Bay Launch. 

A late night water taxi runs every day between Horseshoe Bay and Bowen Island, operated by Cormorant Marine. This service leaves Snug Cove at 11.15 pm and returns from Horseshoe Bay at 11.30 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays the service runs one hour later in both directions

 

Bowen Island map


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where to find more information about Bowen Island
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official BC tourism site

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Bowen Island Toursim


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