Summer’s almost over … but not quite yet.
If you’re looking for one last getaway from the city but are short on time, consider the little island that’s practically in Vancouver’s backyard: Bowen Island. You get a taste of Gulf Island living, beautiful forests, a small town and pristine beaches – and you can be back home in time for dinner.
I checked out Bowen over a recent weekend and was amazed at how much there is to do. Getting there is relatively easy. Ferries leave regularly from the Horseshoe Bay Terminal in West Vancouver. The quick, 20-minute trip will set you back $11.65 for a roundtrip ticket (add an extra $32.90 if you bring a car). I drove on this time, but I’ve biked on in the past. (Bowen’s mountainous topography makes for dramatic – if somewhat exhausting – cycling.)