Bowen Island is a very small community with limited resources. At this time, Bowen businesses are either closed or are only offering limited services. Once BC moves into Phase 3 of the Restart Plan, the community of Bowen Island will welcome you to visit.
In the meantime, we encourage you to view our website and to plan your future visit once travel restrictions and health advisories have been lifted. Thank you for your patience, understanding and for helping to flatten the curve of this pandemic. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful island soon, perhaps late June or July. Check back for updates. Please contact us by email if you have specific questions.
May 28, 2020 – Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Continues – Stay in Your Home Community
BC moved into Phase 2 of the province’s restart plan on May 19. This means that some businesses have reopened under new and strict health protocols. BC residents are still requested to stay home as much as possible and to remain in our home community. We request people to postpone visiting Bowen Island until the province moves into Phase 3, which my occur in late June or early July, depending on COVID-19 transmission rates.
In the meantime, please #ExploreBCLocal. Get outside, explore your neighbourhood, and support your local shops, restaurants and services. Our community businesses need our support more than ever!
Bowen Island shops and restaurants welcome your support – please check out our listings. Buy a gift certificate now and enjoy your purchase when you visit. The Island Comeback campaign is a new initiative that makes gift-certificate purchases easy and convenient.
May 11, 2020 – Travel Restrictions Still In Effect for Holiday Weekend
Health Minister Adrian Dix requests British Columbians to stay home this holiday weekend and to avoid unnecessary travel for recreation or tourism pursuits. “Stay apart, stay local, stay safe,” Dix said. “We can’t let up.”
Dr. Bonnie Henry continues to stress the importance of physical distancing, warning that despite her encouragement for people to get outside, people should still stick to their families and keep a safe distance from others.
BC Ferries is asking customers to follow the direction of the Province of British Columbia to avoid non-essential travel and #StayHome this Victoria Day long weekend.
Measures have been put in place for customers that must travel for essential reasons:
☑ #COVID19 screening is in effect
☑ Routes are operating at 50% capacity
☑ Food & retail outlets at terminals and on board are closed until further notice
Our crews remain focused on transporting vital goods & services, healthcare workers & first responders to coastal communities.
Bowen Island Municipality reminds everyone to avoid non-essential travel.
With the long weekend approaching and warm weather in the forecast, Bowen Island Municipality is reminding people who want to visit Bowen Island that now is not the time. We are asking you to stay close to home and avoid non-essential travel such as for tourism and recreation. We also suggest islanders continue to limit community interactions and refrain from extending invitations to visitors. Read full May 11 news release here.
March 25, 2020 – BC Ferries restrictions
BC Ferries asks all travellers to avoid all non-essential ferry travel during the COVID-19 outbreak. Avoid travel for recreational activities and tourism pursuits. “None of us should be travelling if it is not essential,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries president and CEO. Here’s the link to Mark Collin’s video statement.
March 22, 2020 – Visit Bowen Island Later
Stay home. Stay safe. Let’s flatten COVID-19.
Please stay home and stay safe. Even if you feel well, please don’t travel or socialize in groups. Each of us is vulnerable to COVID-19 and we may, without knowing, become exposed to the virus and then transmit it to others. We need to act now to minimize the spread of COVID-19. It is very important to follow the recommended health protocols of social distancing, proper hygiene, and, if needed, social isolation. If we all do our best efforts now, we may be able to avoid infection, flatten the curve and get back to a normal life sooner. So, please, visit #bowenisland…later. Think very carefully about even leaving your own home. You’re much safer if you simply stay home.
March 20, 2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic Press Release
Please do not visit Bowen Island at this time.
Today, the Bowen Island Municipality and Tourism Bowen Island are asking individuals to please postpone visiting Bowen Island until after federal and provincial health officials lift COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions and social-distancing advisories. Bowen Island is a very small community and most businesses are currently closed or are only operating limited services. It is important that these services be focused on helping and protecting residents. We look forward to welcoming you sometime in the future. Please read the March 20, 2020 press release here.