Bowen Island

Just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, this lush forested island offers a quiet, natural experience. The sheltered bays provide opportunities for swimming, kayaking and boating. And the trails near the water or up Mount Gardner are good for mountain biking or hiking. The main town, Snug Cove, offers coffee shops, food and restaurants. And given the number of artisans on the island, there are many options for studio visits along with galleries and shops. You can also visit the Bowen Island Museum & Archives, Davies Orchard and Alderwood Farm.

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Top 5 things to do

  • Canoe and kayak in the sheltered bays
  • Hike or mountain bike through gentle or steep trails
  • Shop and dine in Snug Cove
  • Visit the numerous art galleries, studios and boutiques
  • Golf the local course