Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Hiking adventures beckon as soon as visitors to Bowen Island get off the ferry in Snug Cove.
The terrain is forested and hilly, but there are well-maintained trails suitable for every fitness level on "The Rock," which is slightly smaller in area than Manhattan Island. Exploring Bowen Island on foot is a pleasure since more than half of it is designated parkland, and the environment is clean, green, and serene.
Right from the ferry dock, hiking up to Dorman Point is a great way to get a sense of Bowen Island's geography. The 2.5km/1.5mi hike takes about 1.5 hours return. While there are some steep climbs, reaching the summit of this arbutus tree-strewn plateau offers a striking view of Whytecliffe Park in West Vancouver across the Queen Charlotte Channel. Also visible to the southwest is the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dorman Point is a lovely spot for a picnic.