Bowen Island

Bowen Island is a small island at the entrance to Howe Sound, connected to Vancouver and the rest of the Lower Mainland by a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and a regularly scheduled water taxi from Granville Island, in downtown. The island has become a favourite tourist destination although amenities and activities are limited. Most activities involve wandering the shops or exploring the parks and natural areas.

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Map of Bowen Island

The most popular way to get to Bowen is via BC Ferries service from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to 49.3796-123.33171 Snug Cove on the island. The ferry takes 20 minutes and generally runs hourly (except early afternoon). There are 15-16 trips a day with the first ferry leaving Horseshoe Bay at 6:05AM. Fare is $12.10 for an adult foot passenger, bicycles are $2 and a car is $34.20.

You can drive your car onto the Queen of Capilano in Horseshoe Bay. Be warned the during peak travel hours and during the summer there are often overloads and the ferry is often late due to high tourist traffic. Mechanical problems can cause the ferry to be cancelled and all vehicles will be stranded on Bowen Island until the ferry becomes operational again. Check the Service Notice section below the current schedule for Bowen Island on the BC Ferries webpage.

A water-taxi run by English Bay Launch provides a passenger-only connection between Bowen Island and Granville Island or Coal Harbour. Monday to Friday, it departs Granville Island at 7:15AM and 4:30PM, and departs Coal Harbour at 6PM. The ferry departs Snug Cove on Bowen for Granville Island at 6:30AM, and departs Snug Cove for Coal Harbour at 8AM and 5:15PM. There is a weekend service between Snug Cove and Granville Island during the summer with six departures. The price for a one way trip is $20 M-F and $25 Sa-Su; round trips are $35 M-F and $40 Sa-Su. Children 2-12 are $10 each way. Reservations are recommended.

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