What to do and see in Bowen Island, Canada: The Best Places and Tips

December 18, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

A 20 minute ferry ride from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, Bowen Island is a beautiful residential island in the middle of Howe Sound. An ideal kayaking destination, it also makes a great day trip from Vancouver for those looking for a quiet escape from the city.
Restaurants in Bowen Island

1. Zoom Zoom Bowen Island

British Columbia V0N 1G1, Canada +1 604-725-9207
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Zoom Zoom Bowen Island

We offer Scooter Rentals on beautiful Bowen Island! Whether you need a scooter for a few hours, or a few days, we can accommodate your needs. Our retro-style Yamaha Vino 49cc scooters will allow you to explore the island, from its stunning Beaches and trailheads to its many restaurants and shops.

Reviewed By stmaruya - Montreal, Canada

Our family of 5 adults decided to see Bowen Island via the Zoom Zoom scooters and I must say that it was the best way to see it! Emailed to see the availability and Jamie responded promptly and we quickly agreed on a day and...MoreThanks! What a wonderful way to travel as a family! Come back soon, and thanks for taking the time to make the review!

2. Crippen Regional Park

Hummingbird Lane, British Columbia V0N 1G1, Canada
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Crippen Regional Park

Reviewed By Jacquie F

A really nice and refreshing 80-minute brisk hike with my Cocker Spaniel around Killarney Lake loop trail. The trail is clearly labelled and no need to watch for bears -- there are no bears on Bowen Island. Pretty spots to stop for pictures. Watch for some slippery areas when it rains.

3. Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

400 Bowen Island Trunk Road, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G0, Canada, British Columbia V0N 1G1, Canada
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Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking is dedicated to offering safe, informative and fun experiences for the novice paddler through to the seasoned kayaker. We have safe, fun, experienced local guides available for lessons and guided tours.Our shop at Snug Cove on Bowen Island is an easy day-trip, just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, only 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

Reviewed By Hilary C - Bowen Island, Canada

Last weekend was the 'round Bowen Kayak race hosted by Bowen Island Sea Kayaking and I have to say that it was a superb event - great fun and great organisation - salmon bbq was excellent and the beer never tasted so good. Brent (owner of BISK) is a great host and he has great people working for him. I have rented from BISK before and everyone has been incredibly helpful. For a newbie in the kayak world it has been a great place to start.

4. Bowen Island Tours

970 Village Dr, British Columbia V0N 1G1, Canada
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Bowen Island Tours

Surrounded by majestic Mountains and the blue waters of the Salish Sea, known for its friendly, welcoming hospitality and rich cultural offerings, Bowen is Vancouver’s idyllic island neighbour. Conveniently located less than one hour from city centre, Bowen Island is one of Vancouver’s best daytrip and getaway destination. Come discover BC’s natural beauty and enjoy an authentic West Coast experience with Bowen Island Tours. Our boutique, specialty tours showcase the island’s popular features and many of its lesser-known, hidden gems. Whether you wish to explore emerald-green forest trails on foot or wish to savour more restful pursuits, Bowen Island Tours offers a variety of eco, cultural, historical and culinary adventures. Let us help you create a truly memorable and pleasurable vacation. Please visit our website for additional tour information and please contact to discuss your travel plans. We welcome requests for private and group tours, and can assist with special events and corporate retreats.

Reviewed By 205janz - Somerset, United Kingdom

Lovely half day hiking with Jody and a small group of like minded ladies. Jody was really knowledgable regarding Bowen history and habitat, and the walk was fab through shady fir trees, with lots of laughter too along the way. Xenia was a welcome stop half way for a picnic lunch.....a great day, to be recommended. Thanks Jodie great to meet you.

5. Bowen Island Golf Club

970 Cowan Point Road, British Columbia V0N 1G0, Canada +1 604-947-4653
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Bowen Island Golf Club

Reviewed By Peter T - North Vancouver

Bowen Island Golf Club is a little 9 hole gem tucked on the southeast corner of Bowen Island, but don't arrive there expecting an easy little course. A par 35, it has 3 par 3's, 4 par 4's and2 par 5's, with possibly one weak hole. You have to hit good golf shots here, or your score will mount quickly. It is a quiet, scenic stroll with some elevation changes and deer wandering the fairways.
Want a great day? Stick your bikes on the back of your car and head to Bowen early. Play a leisurely 18, then park near the ferry, sit at one of the funky restaurants for lunch and bike around the island a little after lunch.

6. Tourism Bowen Island

432 Cardena Drive, British Columbia V0N 1G1, Canada +1 604-200-2399
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Tourism Bowen Island

Bowen Island is one of Vancouver's best day-trip and getaway destinations, conveniently located one hour from Downtown and a scenic 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay. Known for our stunning mountain and ocean views, our accessible forest trails, our rich cultural offerings and our laid-back small -town charm, we invite you to visit anytime of the year. Check out our website for lots of great trip-planning suggestions. And when you arrive on island, come by the Visitor Centre and talk to one of our knowledgable staff who will happily share lots of insider information, maps and things to do.

Reviewed By lastingmemory - British Columbia, Canada

Attended 12 July as never been on this island. We asked some one at the post with sign names pointing up the hill. We wanted to go to the museum so asked two people who lived there working construction. Not sure they said but across the street. We kept going up a steep hill to a grocery store and asked. Yes we were directed across the street, down a path and went inside a building. There was scraps of wood on the patio, picture frames to take your picture. A nice friendly lady came down a stairs and talked to us. Remodeling the inside it looked like. This is high tourist season, July, Aug, why now? She quickly left us after we said we did not see any corner signs indicating a museum, was told tucked off the street. Not much in side, few pictures. Surely after pioneers were on this island there could be more and also outside on the empty lot. Mayor have a coroner sign and more antiques and pictures and history to see and read. Not impressed! There is apparently a cottage to go inside we missed walking up the hill. We did read the signs on the way down. Needs organization and painting and signage for sure! But we have been to many Gulf Sun Shine Islands and thought this one a little dull for attractions.

7. Wren Boutique

569 Artisan Lane, British Columbia V0N 1G0, Canada +1 604-947-0050
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Wren Boutique

Wren is a contemporary fashion boutique with a focus on modern sustainable Canadian designs. Seeking to provide classically effortless and wearable fashions that reflect upon one's individual lifestyle, Wren has developed a loyal clientele base of local residents and visitors alike. Specialties include:Canadian Designs, Boutique Shopping Experience, Organic/Sustainable Clothing and Accessories

Reviewed By Maud W

Great shop with beautiful, often locally made clothing and accessories. Not your typical island hippie wear - this boutique is as nice as anything you would find in the city (but with a selection you won't find elsewhere) and I make a point of stopping there on my way back.

8. Bowen Island Adventures

British Columbia V0N 1G0, Canada
Bowen Island Adventures

For travellers who desire to have fun outdoor experiences in a relaxed island setting, Bowen Island Adventures is a learning-based adventure company that provides unique activities and programs that share the wonders Bowen Island and the natural world have to offer.

9. Bowen Island Yoga

585 Prometheus Pl, British Columbia V0N 1G2, Canada +1 604-354-9880

We are dedicated to creating a loving hub; a gathering place of convergence and connection. Through yoga and meditation, inquiry and conversation, we are passionate about bringing people together and believe well-being is a lifestyle, rooted in nature and community.Situated on the beautiful Bowen Island, often described as a healing sanctuary with majestic nature and rejuvenating ocean air.

10. Apodaca Provincial Park

Channel View Road, British Columbia V0N 1G1, Canada
Apodaca Provincial Park

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