Bowen Island has to be one of the most beautiful, convenient (yet inconvenient) places to visit on the BC coast. Having 3 days free from work with my girlfriend, we decided the most convenient and nearest place from Vancouver to visit was Bowen Island. Just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, Bowen Island boasts on a luxury of greenery and beaches! The island is filled with the peace and tranquility of sea breeze air, friendly locals, windy roads, and luscious natural footpaths.
Although the island is not the best in terms of getting around, there are still buses to get you from one point to another. Be warned that they only run about once every hour and the last bus is at 7PM. Add no taxi service into that and it’s quite a journey to get around. Fortunately, the locals are quite friendly and hitching is considered safe here. We did not do any hitching, but we did discover the friendliness of locals when I, being a very intelligent and responsible adult, left my phone on the ground at a bus stop. I knew as soon as I got on the bus what I had done. Thankfully, a girl had picked it up and had her aunt later drop it off to me. Anyways, that is another story on its own.
My lovely girlfriend (let’s just give her the generic name Sam from now on) and I arrived just on the tail-end of Easter Weekend right on time for brunch at the Rustique Bistro. Serving up delicious waffle bennies, they had us sitting there for a couple of hours dealing with the -itis.
Shortly after, we made our way through Crippen Park and briefly visited Killarney Lake. On our way through the park, we noticed quite a few families gathering about and had later realized there was a horse show happening. I couldn’t tell if the horses swam there or took the ferry just before we did. Either way, they made it on time for the show. As we made our way past the horse show, we took a footpath towards Killarney lake. I found that Killarney lake holds a lot of semblance to Lost Lake, which Whistler locals and frequenters are likely familiar with. To those who don’t know, it’s very easy to get lost on the way to Lost Lake no matter how many times you visit it. Sam and I got lost deciding between the trail and the lake path in getting to Killarney lake! Not only does it make you get lost, but Killarney lake is a lot like Lost Lake in that it holds beautiful views of the mountains and forests surrounding it, is filled with bulrushes, and is quite cozy in terms of size.
After a quick visit to Killarney Lake, we made our way back for the last bus to our home for the next 2 nights: The Green Glass Studio. I didn’t quite take the name seriously until I got there and saw that all of what would be walls was basically glass. The first thing that came to mind was, “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” For someone so private and quiet as a person, I felt a little out of my element. Even though we were in a secluded area and protected from the sights of others by trees, I still felt bare. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful home and I thoroughly enjoyed the stay there with Sam.
I woke up to see the sun peaking over the water, through the trees. I knew there was a perk to living in a glass house! Sam was still asleep… typical. On this day, we visited Snug Cafe and I tried their “Breaky Wrap” which is quite famous among the locals for its bacon, egg, hashbrown, salsa, and cheesy goodness. Meanwhile, Sam had an “English” breakfast, skip the baked beans and black pudding. Both meals were good, but apparently I always make the better choice. At least I do something right!
Day Two was a bit of a pain in the teeth (fingers pointed at Sam). But it was all worth it. We were really keen to visit parts of the Island that were barely accessible by bus so we made it our mission to walk as much as we (reasonably) can to get to those points. At the end of the day, we only had time to see one of these locations: Roger Curtis Beaches and Light…house…point… rod??? We walked about 40 minutes from a neighbourhood to take this stroll around the lighthouse. Once we got there, we saw an oversized rod sticking out of a rock and without any other lighthouse in sight, we concluded that this rod figure was in fact a lighthouse! Who would have known? It was quite laughable but it does the trick. It’s not the size that matters, but how it is used, right? At this point, we explored the rocky cliffs around the lighthouse and then trekked out the trails before heading back. With the sea breeze, rocky cliffs, and lapping waves, Roger Curtis Beaches would make for the perfect location to view the sunset.
After visiting Roger Curtis, we headed back to our little glass house and made our way to Crayola Beach. Just a 5-minute walk from us, Crayola Beach was the star attraction of the day. We got quite cozy as we watched the sun set before us. This beach seems like a preferred location for bonfires and families and pups alike!
With our drinks in hand, sunnies on face, and the company of one another, we sat there for what seemed like hours just watching the sun go down. It felt as if nothing else mattered but this moment. No thought in the world could seep its way in.
On our last day, we revisited Snug Cafe again and this time we both had a Breaky Wrap before heading back to Vancouver. As we sailed off from Bowen Island, we just knew we would be back again. We still need to see Mount Gardner, but next time, with a car and without Sam’s wisdom teeth.
How about you? If you are keen for a little bit of seclusion and some natural goodness in your life, try a trip to Bowen Island. It’s worth every second!
(All Photo Credit to Sam Tidy)