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Bowen Island - Howe Sound
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Bowen Island 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 visitors.

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 minutes.

photo from Bowen Island race 2007

Photo from Bowen Island race 2007

Vancouver skyline

The Canada geese is a common sight when cruising Howe Sound

Sunset, geese, mountains......

The good and the bad... log debris a common sailing hazard