Getting Around | Bowen Island

Getting Around

Psst. Wanna know a secret? You can leave your car at home and take public transit to Horseshoe Bay. When you arrive on Bowen you arrive in the heart of Downtown Snug Cove. Most shops and restaurants, Crippen Regional Park, trails and beaches are all within walking distance from the ferry terminal. But we also have public transit and active transportation options to help you explore more of the island.

Bowen Island Map

Bowen Island Overview Map

You can find this and other maps in the print or online brochure, as well as at the Visitor Information Centre and a variety of stores on island. We have some more detailed and downloadable trail maps here on the website as well. Click on the map to enlarge.

Bowen Island Community Shuttle Bus

Bowen Island Community Bus Map

Various areas of Bowen Island can be accessed by the Bowen Island Community Shuttle Buses, part of TransLink. You can pay for your fare with a Compass Card, credit card or cash and the transfer you received from the Vancouver buses will work on Bowen with no extra charge. Note: these are small community buses with limited seating. If an overload occurs, priority may be given to residents and commuters who need to get to work or return home.

There are three bus routes but the #282 Mt. Gardner has limited service and only operates on weekends and holidays. The #280 (Bluewater) services the western side of the island, with stops in Artisan Square. The #281 (Eagle Cliff) services the eastern side of the island. Please be aware that all buses have reduced service on weekends and holidays, so ensure that you check the schedules carefully, including your return trip. The bus schedules are designed to align with the ferry schedule. However, delays happen and missed connections may occur. Here’s the current bus schedule that is in effect until October 9, 2023.

Bowen LIFT

Bowen LIFT is all about neighbours helping neighbours giving and getting LIFTS. We want to make it easy to rideshare on Bowen Island by connecting riders and drivers. Visit  for ways to share lifts with islanders.