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Exploring beautiful Bowen Island

Bowen Island

Delicious food and rain-filled walks on the island

I recently travelled to gorgeous Bowen Island for a rainy weekend away with my SO. We hopped on a bus after work one dark Thursday eve and walked onto the ferry. Twenty minutes later, we arrived at Snug Cove on the pitch dark island. There were no streetlights, and hardly any car headlights to guide us to our suite. We whipped out our phones and used them as flashlights as we stumbled through rain and wind to our AirBnB.

Fortunately, our destination was only about a 15-minute walk away from Snug Cove. While there was a bit of slipping and sliding over piles of wet orange leaves, we finally made it to our cozy little suite, by Artisan Lane.

It was a tremendously relaxed weekend, spent holed up drinking wine, reading books, and playing plenty of board games. We picked up groceries at the Ruddy Potato and the General Store, to make a few decadent breakfasts in the suite. When we ate out, the restaurants on Bowen Island proved absolutely delicious. The Bowen Island Pub had an amazing crispy chicken and rosemary burger. Tuscany Restaurant was warm and inviting, with fantastic pollo and pesto pizza. Doc Morgan’s fish and chips were beat only by their warm sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. If you’re looking for a good latte to start your day, Artisan Eats Café had a lovely lavender latte and chai latte.

Bowen Island

Bowen Island is a wonderful wealth of nature, with ecological reserves composing most of the island. Sprawling mountains roll with waves of towering evergreens. Shining lakes reflect bright cerulean blue or deep, dark grey.

Now, I mentioned it was a rainy weekend. We went for long, laugh-filled walks to Crippen Park and around Killarney Lake, and we did get caught in the rain on that wander ’round the lake. We were soaked to the bone by the end, with boots squelching and sleeves hanging heavy and long. Honestly, though, I adore the rain in BC. A fine fog misting over the mountains. The pitter-patter through tree limbs. A cold pine air filling my chest. It revitalizes me in ways that few things do.

Bowen Island

Bowen Island

Bowen Island

I would highly recommend a weekend visit to Bowen Island. Stay close to town and Snug Cove, and you don’t even need a car for the adventure.

Looking to explore more of BC? Check out Tofino without a car, Tofino in pictures, and Life’s a beach in Tofino

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