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.
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).
After getting the ticket, we drove into the parking lot to wait for our ferry.
We parked the car on the ferry and went upstairs. The ferry ride was about 20 minutes, which was very short.
We braved the strong winds and went up to the deck to check out the view.
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).
We parked behind the library and went out to grab brunch at the Snug Cafe (45 Bowen Island Truck Road).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before we start the hike, we were already faced with a challenge – that of the Canada geese and their ducklings crossing the road.
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 ….
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…
More from within the forested area…
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.
Made it to another section of the Killarney Lake. Ugly Kitty finally comes out!
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!
Even though we were tired, we decided to tour around town, the first stop was the Public Library …
We also visited the “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.
I think the intended clients were kids because even I felt cramped being in there with more than 2 or three more people.
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.
The store sells coffee beans as well as tea and we all bought something to bring home.
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.
Apparently, one of my friend, Corey has a sweet tooth and loves everything chocolate reated. The Cocoa West Chocolatier (Addy: 581 Artisan C) was 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 🙂
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.
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
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.
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.
Arriving back to West Vancouver … we drove past the ever busy Lions Gate Bridge on our way home.
… and that was the mini one day trip!
Visited May 23, 2015