Bowen Island is the closest island to Vancouver and easily accessed for a day paddle. Ferries leave Horseshoe Bay every hour or so, for the 20 minute ride to Snug Cove. Walk your kayak onto the ferry, or rent a boat on the Island. You can launch right at the terminal, but watch out for ferries and their wakes. As usual in populated areas, watch out for power boats, and make sure you're not having lunch in someone's front yard.
Note that on the windward side of Bowen Island, the seas can pick up, so this turns an average level of difficulty outing into a difficult one. If you are unsure of yourself, consider just staying on the sheltered side of the Island, and doubling back to where you started at Snug Cove.
Note there is also a "round Bowen Island" sea kayak race here annually in early June. Have a look for it.
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Posted By: Peter Kearney
- Fri Apr 21 02:47:22 UTC 2006
UpsideThis is a great place to get the 'Gulf Island' feeling so close to West Vancouver DownsideAround Bowen Island is 19 nautical miles - not 19 km! Allow 7 hrs to circumnavigate. Check the marine weather forecast. Strong Westerlies against a big ebb can create 2-3 m standing waves at Cape Roger Curtis. CommentStop for lunch at 'Pebble Beach' just north of Cape Roger Curtis. There are outhouses at Bowen Bay beach. Check out www.bowenislandkayaking.com for info and advice.