is located about 6 kilometers west of Vancouver Mainland. The
small island measures approximately 6 km wide
by 12 km long, and is easily within reach by a 20 minute ferry
ride from Horseshoe Bay Terminal in West Vancouver.
There are approximately 3,500 permanent residents in Bowen Island and
about 1,500 annual summer visitors. Many of Bowen Island residents
commute to the Mainland schools and offices. Based on the
2006 census, approximately 500 workers commute to work and 200 students
commute to school.
Bowen Island has plenty of
charming bed and breakfast places, a
well-equipped library, quaint stores, small coffee shops, and a few fine restaurants. It
is a popular retreat for several special interest groups. The
residents are a select group of people who appreciate nature and arts.
Well-planned community events make Bowen Island a truly enchanting place
to visit. Easily within reach from Vancouver, Bowen Island is a
favourite weekend sailing destination. The Union Steamship
Marina at Bowen Island has plenty of moorage for regular and transient
Every year in June, the annual Round Bowen Island Yacht Race attracts
more than 150 boats from all over the Lower Mainland and is a fun race.
For those travelling by car, travel time between Horseshoe Bay
Ferry Terminal to Snug Cove terminal, in Bowen Island is only about 20
Sunset, geese, mountains......
good and the bad... log debris a common sailing hazard