Bowen Island (pop. 3,362) is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
The quiet, forested island of 52sq km/20sq mi lives up to its slogan of "Within Reach. Beyond Comparison." Water lovers enjoy kayaking around Bowen Island's sheltered bays, swimming at sandy beaches, and mooring their boats at local marinas. And from mighty Mount Gardner to the shores of Killarney Lake, hiking and mountain biking offer both hilly challenges and pure relaxation.
Just 25km/15.5mi northwest of Vancouver, Bowen Island is also easily accessible by water taxi from downtown's Granville Island. Shopping and dining await a short stroll from the ferry in Snug Cove. Dilly-dally happily with artwork, jewelry, fair-trade goods, and Mediterranean and West Coast food in Village Square, Artisan Square, and the Marina on the Pier.
The People of Bowen Island
Bowen Island residents offer an intriguing study in contrasts. Affluent home-owners abound, but in their commitment to laidback rural living, they generally favour people over profits and art over avarice. Certainly, the locals cherish their privacy, but they're also spontaneous enough to pull over and pick up hitchhikers routinely.