Bowen Island : Ferry, Snug Cove

Summer weekend trip resumes and the next place on my bucket list was Bowen Island! Aside from our friend (and awesome driver), Gina, none of the three other friends I went with have gone there before, even though it wasn’t that far from Vancouver.

Road trip!
Road trip!

We took highway BC-99 N and BC-1 W; by bus, it is via “250 Horseshoe Bay”.  As we had to take the car onto the ferry, we had to pay both the individual pricing ($12) and the car ($34.20).

Ferry ticket
Ferry ticket

After getting the ticket, we drove into the parking lot to wait for our ferry.

waiting for the ferry
waiting for the ferry
Driving up to ferry
Driving up to ferry

We parked the car on the ferry and went upstairs.  The ferry ride was about 20 minutes, which was very short.

on the ferry!
on the ferry!
inside the ferry
inside the ferry
view from outside
Though the windows
The name of the boat
The name of the boat

We braved the strong winds and went up to the deck to check out the view.

on the deck
on the deck
The view from the deck
The view from the deck
Still on the ferry
Still on the ferry
Arrived at Bowen Island
Arrived at Bowen Island

The ferry stops right at the town of Snug Cove.  There are free parking on the streets and at the public library (max 2 to 3 hours respectively).

Snug Cove
Snug Cove

We parked behind the library and went out to grab brunch at the Snug Cafe (45 Bowen Island Truck Road).

snug cove cafe
snug cove cafe

The service was a bit slow but the staffs were quite nice.  There were quite a few items on the menu as well and we had a hard time deciding.

menu
menu

Finally, after some time, we got our latte and breakfast meal!  I ordered the Special, which is similar to an Egg Benny but with lots of veges and no meat.

latte
latte
breakfast
breakfast

An elderly man who works at the cafe (maybe the owner) was also quite a memorable character.  He helped my friend decide which item to choose and then actually came out of the cafe (we were sitting outside) to help us take a photo … no doubt because we were spending too much time trying to take selfies.

HIke!
Hike!

Following the large brunch, we needed to walk off some of the food and elected to do the simple Killarney Lake hike, part of the Crippen Regional Park.  The trail is a flat path that takes visitors around the lake.

Scenery
Scenery

Before we start the hike, we were already faced with a challenge – that of the Canada geese and their ducklings crossing the road.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese
duck crossing
duck crossing

There weren’t a lot of people walking on the path, it was very quiet with a few birds chipping here and there.  My friend joked that zombies were going to come out any moment ….

The woods
The woods

I think we took 20 minutes to walk to the trail and another hour to walk around it.  We were on a super slow pace, which included the failed attempt at making a scary movie…

The lake !
The lake !

More from within the forested area…

the forest
the forest
forested area
Viewpoint!?

The path runs through a swamp so a nice boardwalk was built on top of it ~~~ Although it looks a bit scary .. literally going Into the Woods.

boardwalk
boardwalk

Made it to another section of the Killarney Lake.  Ugly Kitty finally comes out!

the lake!
the lake!
Rest is required
Rest is required

We were actually quite tired after an hour but someone we finally made it to the end of the trail and back to Snug Cove!

A little bit of rest (photographed by Gina)
A little bit of rest (photographed by Gina)

Even though we were tired, we decided to tour around town, the first stop was the Public Library …

Grocery Store
Public Library

We also visited the “Smallest Candy Store in the World”!

Smallest Candy Store in the world!
Smallest Candy Store in the world!

The store is only opened on weekends and it’s in a very small room, probably the size of a bathroom. Despite the size of the store, the candies are stacked closely and highly.

The store
The store

I think the intended clients were kids because even I felt cramped being in there with more than 2 or three more people.

corner of the store
corner of the store

There are a few coffee stores but we went in here because it is the “Bowen Island Coffee and the smell from the coffee was really nice.

Bowen Island Coffee
Bowen Island Coffee

The store sells coffee beans as well as tea and we all bought something to bring home.

Coffee Selection
Coffee Selection
The coffee and the beans
The coffee and the beans

The next stop was the Artisan Square.  Since Gina has been there before, she advised that we drive there because it’s further than what the map indicated.

Cocoa West Chocolatier
Cocoa West Chocolatier

Apparently, one of my friend, Corey has a sweet tooth and loves everything chocolate reated.  The Cocoa West Chocolatier (Addy: 581 Artisan Cwas one of the places he had to go to since we started planning (on the ferry).  The store was small but busy and it sold ice cream, chocolate truffles some special hot chocolates.

Menu
Menu
Poblano Coffee and Corey's chocolate
Poblano Coffee and Corey’s chocolate

The chocolates were $1.78 a piece but it is cheaper if you buy in bulk.  I didn’t buy any chocolate but I did get a cup of Poblano, which is hot chocolate with a bit of Mexican Chilli.  Loved it!

the cat
the cat

We also had an interesting visitor, the cat just climbed up onto the table and laid on it as if we weren’t there.

The rest of the Artisan Square wasn’t that interesting for me – there was another coffee shop, a few art galleries, and some boutique stores … we left shortly after and drove all the way to the other side of the island to the Cape Roger Curtis Lighthouse.  

Cape Roger Curtis Lighthouse
Cape Roger Curtis Lighthouse

Honestly, we came here by mistake, we wanted to go to one of the beaches but it was a bit remote and waze wasn’t able to locate where we were, so we totally missed the turn and ended up here.

Cape Roger Curtis Lighthouse
Cape Roger Curtis Lighthouse

Still, it was quite nice, there was another car that was park there but we didn’t see anyone.  We had the view of the lighthouse and the small beach to the side all to ourselves.  Luckily, it was low tide, so we were able to walk further towards the lighthouse.  There are many lots in the area recently put up for sale, so I think this ‘secret dating place’, as my friend referred it, may disappear soon.

Cape Roger Curtis Lighthouse
Cape Roger Curtis Lighthouse

Leaving the lighthouse, we were driving back to Snug Cove, when we passed the road  to our original destination: Tunstall Bay .. so we detoured back.

According to Gina, the public bus do come to this place, but the waited time was more than 40 minutes.  It’s a nice beach and people leave their canoes and kayaks on the side of the shores.

Tunstall Beach
Tunstall Beach
Tunstall Beach
Tunstall Beach
Tunstall Beach
Tunstall Beach

The beach was quite nice, with minimal garbage (unlike the ones we see back in the city broken glasses and cigarette butts among other things).

Tunstall Beach
Tunstall Beach

The last stop of the trip was … dinner!  They really wanted to have beer and seafood so we went to Doc Morgan’s Marina Pub (Addy: 437 Trunk Road).  We sat at the outdoor patio, which had a gorgeous view of the waters and got to see the ferry leave the dock.

Doc Morgan's Marina Pub & Restaurant
Doc Morgan’s Marina Pub & Restaurant
Howe Sound Honey Lager
Howe Sound Honey Lager

We ordered a pitcher and shared it among the four of us.  It’s quite funny that one of the guys was adamant that we get the Howe Sound Honey Lager, which tasted pretty good 🙂

Shared plates, please!
Shared plates, please!

We each ordered something from the menu and ended up with a calamari, seafood chowder, fish and chips and fried chicken wings.  Everything was pretty good … I really like the wings.  Someone forgot to tell Simon that the camera technically gets first dips.

Doc Morgan's Marina Pub & Restaurant
Doc Morgan’s Marina Pub & Restaurant

The ferry comes once an hour except at around 7 PM on Saturdays so we had a bit of time to waste before going back on the ferry.  Oddly, the Frisbee we brought came in handy and we played it for a while, running across the grass and while avoiding poop left behind by Canada Geese ;S

final game of frisbee
final game of frisbee

Snug Cove doesn’t have parking way for cars while they wait for the ferry, everyone just lines up on the main road.  Some people even park their car in the middle of the road to hold their spot while they grabs something to eat.

on the way back
on the way back
Ugly Kitty on the front dashboard awaiting to board with the car
Ugly Kitty on the front dashboard awaiting to board with the car

Unlike the enthusiasm we had when we first boarded the ferry to Bowen Island, we were so exhausted that we just stayed in the car, not wanting to move at all.

going on board
going on board

Arriving back to West Vancouver … we drove past the ever busy Lions Gate Bridge on our way home.

back home
back home

… and that was the mini one day trip!

Visited May 23, 2015

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3 thoughts on “Bowen Island : Ferry, Snug Cove

  1. Hi My Uncle was the Old Character that served you at ‘The Snug’ coffee house! His family own and run the little place and while he sadly passed away a year ago this month, the family still run the it with plans, I believe for expansion which should also help with the service time!

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    1. Sorry to here that, your uncle was quite a memorable fellow 🙂 Plus, we really enjoyed our meal there! My friend even went back there again the last time he was in Bowen Island.

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