"One of the best days out
you can have from Vancouver."
- Lonely Planet

We hope you enjoy this video produced by Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism Association showing why Bowen Island is not only a great place to spend a weekend or a week, but the perfect day trip destination for visitors from the mainland.

Discover Bowen Island.

Bowen Island is an idyllic destination in the middle of Howe Sound, just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Quiet and alluring, a short distance from Vancouver, it’s a welcome escape from the stresses of city life.

Take a digital journey through these pages and see all Bowen has to offer.

A Slice of France on Bowen Island – Cottage Life

Rain streaks the windows of Babette Deggan’s pottery studio as she lights a fire to banish the chill and lines up yesterday’s pots to dry on top of the woodstove. Classical music tinkles from the stereo as she wedges a lump of clay and then settles behind the wheel to shape a vase. Firelight flickers across a romantic landscape painting on the wall by her husband, Paul, and illustrations of dreamy female figures by her son Adrien. “I need to have clay under my fingernails,” she says with a lilting French accent. “Pottery is my happiness.”

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5 Things to Do on Bowen Island – Vancity Buzz

If you need to get away from the city for a weekend, or even just the day, hop on a ferry and sail across to Bowen Island. Just a 20-minute ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, this idyllic island with its pristine beauty and tranquil shores is the perfect getaway.

Here are five things to do once you’re on Bowen Island.

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Tourism Vancouver Reviews Bowen Island

Just off the coast of West Vancouver, Bowen Island has long attracted Vancouver visitors with its rural charm, forest and shoreline trails. Take the 20-minute journey over on BC Ferries (the vessel also takes vehicles), and you’ll arrive into charming Snug Cove.

Wrapping around Snug Cove is the 323-hectare (800-acre) Crippen Regional Park, a great place for picnickers, and hikers will love the 11 kilometre (6.8 miles) of trails.

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Bowen “The Happy Isle” – Pacific Yachting


We got more than we bargained for on our latest trip to Bowen Island’s Snug Cove. What we were expecting was the usual laid back ambiance of this small historic port at the mouth of Howe Sound. What we received was vintage yachts, classic cars, period fashion shows, an elaborate tea party, music on the dock, and plenty of island history thanks to Bowen Island Steamship Days.

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Best Places to Live in the World – The Sunday Times

Most Brits who emigrate to Canada settle on the west coast, in or around Vancouver, because the climate is so mild. It rarely drops below freezing; winters may be rainy, but the resulting greenery is dazzling. For those who work in Vancouver, but don’t want to live in the Big Smoke, Bowen Island is a natural haven – it’s an hour’s commute to downtown, including a 20-minute ferry crossing, but the 20 sq mile coastal island feels worlds away.

Densely forested with douglas fir, spruce and cedar, dotted with lakes, valleys and beaches, with views of snowcapped mountains on the mainland, this is wild, vintage Canadiana: blackberries grow on the roadsides, eagles soar above, deer roam the woods (and eat the gardens), and the population is only 3,400.

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