The days may be shorter and the nights a bit cooler, but autumn is a lovely time to explore Bowen Island’s naturescapes, specialty foods & drinks, and cultural offerings. We invite you to stay longer and relax more when you overnight at one of the island’s unique vacation rentals.
Shift into a slower pace of life. Breathe fresh, cool air. Meander forest trails festooned with colourful leaves. Listen to the quiet sounds of nature. Nourish your soul. Bowen Island offers a network of trails including the island’s most popular walk Killarney Lake and a short hike Dorman Point. Learn more here.
Savour warm comfort foods. Sink into a comfy couch in front of a wood-burning fire. Bring a good book. Grab a cuppa of your favourite beverage… and just be.
That’s right. We invite you to pause, unplug and just be for a while. Leave the to-do lists behind. Set your phone to call forwarding. Tell ’em you’ll be back… sometime in the not-too-distant future.
Bowen Island is a short scenic 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay and less than one hour from Downtown Vancouver. But when you’re here, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported far away, to a simpler, quieter place and time. The locals call this island time.
Want to stay longer and relax more? Bowen Island offers a small collection of vacation rentals, including cottages, guest suites, retreats and a float home, so no matter where you stay, you’re guaranteed an authentic experience. You wont find any hotels, franchises or big box stores on Bowen! All businesses are small independently owned and operated. Thank you for supporting local!
Visit our Accommodations webpage for more information. Please be aware that weekends and holidays are often booked well in advance, so sometimes it can be difficult to find last-minute bookings. Also, if you’re interested in shopping and dining at a specific establishment, please confirm days and hours of operation in advance. Generally speaking, you’ll find more places open Thursdays through Sundays. Don’t worry though, you won’t go hungry because there’s always someplace to dine and the island’s two grocery stories are open daily, except major holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Sip and savour all the different flavours of Bowen Island. From oceanview patio cafés to globally-inspired dining to freshly-made specialty foods … and not to be missed – an organic boutique distillery and two cideries. Just be sure to leave room for dessert! Learn more here.
Many artists, writers, performers and musicians call Bowen Island home. You’ll find live music and theatrical performances at different venues throughout the year and be sure to check out the galleries that feature many local artists and artisans. Each of Bowen’s boutiques and shops are small independent owner-operated businesses. You’ll fine a lovely selection of unique items and many one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, clothing, jewelery and body-care products. Learn more here.
When you’re planning your trip, be sure to check out our Need to Know webpage, where you’ll find lots of information and tips. For more inspiration, watch this short video – Autumn Adventures Bowen Island. If you have any questions or need assistance, send us an email – we’re here to help. See you soon.