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Bowen Island
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Bowen Island - Recreation - Activities - Things to Do

kayakingThere are plenty of things to do when you are visiting Bowen Island! Enjoy a day's Kayaking and see the beauty of the island from the ocean kayak rentals and lessons are available as well as guided tours, for the more adventurous kayaking enthusiast why not enter the race in the annual Bowen Island race.

Sailing Tours, why not take a sailing tour around Howe Sound, the spectacular scenery of the island and the tree lined mountains will leave you breathless.

Biking opportunities are plentiful and another great way to see the island from relatively easy loops around Killarney Lake in Crippen Regional Park to the burning climb up Mount Gardner. The island is a world unto itself, so take the time to explore and revel in Bowen's sedated pace. Although the tempo may be relaxed, mountain bikers will find the roads that ring the island demanding, with few level stretches and even fewer beach-access points for well-deserved breaks. snug cove

One of the delights of visiting Bowen Island is that you're in Crippen Regional Park as soon as you step onto the dock at Snug Cove. Even though the ferry ride and a stroll on the beach make an entirely satisfactory trip in themselves, the best way to appreciate Crippen Regional Park is over the course of a half-day or more.

Head inland to Killarney Lake to explore the quiet side of Bowen Island. As you walk or bike uphill from the ferry on Government Road past the Union Steamship store, trails marked by a green park signpost lead off to Killarney Lake. Allow 30 minutes to walk the 1.6-km Killarney Lake Trail to the lake. Take one of two routes to reach the Killarney Lake Trail. One trail leads past a pair of fish ladders that climb the hillside above a small lagoon. Alternatively, walk down past the Memorial Garden to a causeway that crosses the mouth of the tranquil backwater.

On the opposite side of the lagoon, follow left on Melmore Road to Miller Road, where a yellow gate across from St. Gerard's Church marks the entrance to the Killarney Creek Trail. The first third of the trail is on level ground padded by years of fallen leaves and needles, then it begins to rise gently through second-growth forest. Huge cedar stumps testify that these graceful giants once predominated here. At the halfway point to Killarney Lake, a path leads off to the left and across a small bridge over Terminal Creek. Horses exercise in a paddock nearby. Once at the lake, the 4-km Killarney Loop Trail circles its perimeter somewhat erratically, passing a picnic area and a small beach along the way. A lovely stretch of boardwalk spans a marshy area at the north end of the lake. Crippen Regional Park comprises everything visitors hope to find in a park.

chandleryUpon arrival on Bowen, check in at the restored Union Steamship Company store just up the hill. The Greater Vancouver Regional District houses its park reception centre here where you can pick up a map of Crippen Regional Park, as well as a historic walking tour guide. Across Government Road is a row of shops, including a bakery and two pubs, featuring Bowen Island brew a locally brewed beer that goes down great anytime. You can rent one of the restored Union Steamship Company cabins here if you wish to spend the night on the island. Alderwood Farm is an oasis of sights, sounds & flavors. This beautifully landscaped farm destination is the perfect place to visit for an afternoon, a weekend or on your way home. Offering Gourmet & Organic foods from their Specialty Food Store and B&B accommodation in the beautiful surroundings of Alderwood Farm. Relax at one of the many beaches that can be found all over the island. Or go back in time and visit the Historian’s Museum.

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