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Island Gems

Island Gems

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One package is recommended for 1-5 people.

* PDF Instant Download will be emailed immediately after purchasing and is the entire trip in one PDF document.


This is a local's guide to hidden gems and favourite stops on Bowen Island. From hidden beaches, surprise hikes and funky shops...there's something for everyone on this trip.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic waterfront photo ops
  • A hike with a surprise
  • A variety of cool cafes and restaurants
  • A selection of funky shops & outdoor attractions
  • Beach hopping options


We recommend using this itinerary between Wednesday-Sunday.


  • Adventurous families
  • Couples
  • Photographers
  • Small groups of friends



The first stop provides you with a few recommendations on the mainland before crossing over to Bowen Island. The crossing time is 20 minutes.


The second stop takes you on a hike with an interesting surprise. We've provided a few alternatives in case you'd prefer a more accessible adventure. Travel time to the third stop is 5 minutes


The third stop offers up a chance to explore a few local secrets on the island. Travel time to the fourth stop is 15 minutes.


Ready for a bit of beach hopping? We've listed our favourite waterside hikes, beaches and coves for you to explore before heading back to the mainland.



Can depart from

Vancouver Area

Before you go

What You'll Need to Bring

  • Bathing Suit
  • Camera
  • Cash
  • Outdoor Gear
  • Reusable Shopping Bags
  • Road Trip Snacks
  • Walking Shoes
  • Water


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Please see the approximate driving distances below. Please note this just includes round-trip driving distances and not time spent at stops.

From North Vancouver: 50 minutes / 29 km + 20 minute ferry crossing

From Richmond: 1 hour and 20 minutes / 47 km + 20 minute ferry crossing

From Burnaby: 47 minutes / 52 km + 20 minute ferry crossing

From Langley: 1 hour and 20 minutes / 86 km + 20 minute ferry crossing

This itinerary can be used any day of the week, anytime of the year. Some of the recommended stops are closed on Monday and Tuesday; however, we pack the itinerary full of stuff – so there’s always lots to see, do and eat!

We recommend catching the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove (Bowen Island) between 9 am - 10 pm.

Please plan to arrive at Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal one hour before the ferry’s posted departure time on weekends, and 20-30 minutes on weekdays.

You can bring your pup on Island Gems! The trip includes patio options for when it's warm & takeaway that work well for your pet. There will also be at least one dog-friendly activity at each stop. If you bring your furry friend, you will be unable to bring them into any indoor suggestions.

We recommend bringing between 2 - 5 people on your surprise road trip adventure.

None of the stops require an entrance/parking fee. You will be responsible for pre-purchasing your own ferry ticket to Bowen Island from Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove.

After booking your trip, we'll send you a confirmation email with a few recommended accommodation options.

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Great weekend trip to Bowen Island

My partner and I had so much fun on this trip. We made a weekend trip out of it since we had never been to Bowen Island before. I wish we would have left a little earlier for the ferry though so we could have picked up some treats at the first stop. The baked goods looked soooo good but we were running late for our ferry so we didn't have time to wait in line. Luckily there was another cafe recommendation when we got to the island. The third stop was so unique and fun!!

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A perfect trip to Bowen!

If you've never explored Bowen before, this is the best way to do it! We already want to go back. I wouldn't recommend going in the winter time as quite a few restaurants will be closed.