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Location: Bowen Island is situated at the mouth of Howe Sound, just a 20-minute ferry ride (5.6km/3 nautical mi) from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver. The island municipality has an area of 52sq km/20sq mi. Immediately west of Bowen Island is Keats Island, to the north lies Gambier Island.

Geography: Approximately 6 km wide by 12 km long, the island at its closest point is about 2 km west of the mainland. Bowen Island is forested and hilly. The tallest mountain on Bowen Island is Mount Gardner with an elevation of 762m/2500ft.

Getting There: There is regular ferry service from Horseshoe Bay, as well as three water taxi services.

Population: There were 3,551 permanent residents as of the 2007 BC Stats Estimate, a number that is supplemented in the summer by roughly 1,500 visitors.

Commerce: Snug Cove is the commercial centre of Bowen Island with a choice of restaurants, stores and galleries to browse.

History: Long established as a day-trip getaway from Vancouver, Bowen Island was originally used as summering grounds by the native Squamish Nation.

Recreation: Bowen Island offer water lovers a wide range of recreational options from kayaking in sheltered bays to swimming at sandy beaches and fresh water lakes or just watching the bustle of activity at the Snug Cove Marina, there is something for everyone. From Mount Gardner to the shores of Killarney Lake, hiking and mountain biking offer both hilly challenges and pure relaxation. Check out the Round Bowen kayaking and sailboat races (June).

Arts & Culture :

Bowen Island is home to many artists and is Canada’s fourth-most artistic community per capita. Cultural celebrations include the Write On! Bowen writers festival (July 1), the Bowfest (August) with a parade, animals and carnival, AppleFest in historic Davies Orchard (October), and the Light-Up Bowen lantern parade (December).

 

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