Bowen Island is nestled within Howe Sound between West Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast. A twenty minute ferry ride to the mainland means that Bowen is close enough to the conveniences of the big city, yet far enough away to have its own distinct, laid-back flavour. Click here for some history about our island.
Snug Cove, on Bowen’s east coast, marks the entrance to our island, and features two marinas (The Union Steamship Co and Dallas Marina ), kayak rental centre, restaurants, galleries and shops. Not far up the hill is Artisan Square (Uptown Bowen), home to more galleries, shops and eateries.
Bowen Island has two water taxis services, Cormorant Marine and BLAST (formerly English Bay Launch). They both offer scheduled sailings, charters and provide emergency ambulance services. BLAST also provides automobile taxi services.
When asked what appeals most to them about Bowen, most residents will mention the community itself. Because of its size, Bowen is home to a tight community of interesting, friendly and inviting citizens. Bowen is notable for its many musicians, writers, artists and technical professionals. Many of Bowen’s 3500 full-time residents commute to work by ferry, bus or water taxi, while others work online or in businesses on the island itself.
Children form a large part of our community. There is a large community daycare and preschool and Montessori School and many smaller private childcare facilities. There are two public primary schools, Bowen Island Community School and Island Discovery Learning Centre. Older students either commute into West Vancouver for high school or attend the local private middle school Island Pacific School.
Sporting opportunities for all ages include martial arts, soccer, sailing, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, baseball, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. Bowen also has a 9-hole golf course.
We have many health care options on the island. We have two family doctors, a dentist and many practitioners of complimentary medicines.
Bowen Island is known as a place to reconnect with nature. We have many hiking trails, beaches, streams, lakes and parks to explore. Crippen Park is our largest park and has beautiful Killarney Lake at its centre which many locals like to walk around every day.
For more info on Bowen, please check out this Newcomer’s Guide published by the Bowen Island Municipality.