BC’s Sunshine Coast is dotted with islands aplenty, full of beautiful cafes and stunning hikes and nestled with beaches and island cottages galore. Nelli and I took the chance the moment our final exams were over to hop on a ferry over to Snug Cove on Bowen Island to see what adventures we could find.
How to Get There
We caught the 11am ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove with BC Ferries. It’s a mere twenty minute crossing, costing walk-on passengers $12.10 roundtrip, and you can walk straight off the ferry into Bowen Marina and the little coastal town.
Where to Eat
For brunch, we headed to the Snug Cafe which is the cutest little cafe with lovely staff and delicious food. I had the salmon eggs benny and Nelli went for the full, and we both enjoyed lovely almond chai lattes on the side.
We wandered past the cutest pizza place, Tuscany Pizza, which had the epitome of what I want in a front patio; we could have sat under the cherry blossoms all afternoon.
For dinner, we stopped by the beautiful Rustique Bistro complete with a French waitress and baskets hanging from the ceiling. We both ordered a soup and baguette combo – a perfect way to end a long day on the island.
To quench our thirst for the day, we stopped in at the local market, just up the street at the first main intersection from the ferry.
What to Do
To walk off our delicious brunch, we wandered down the boardwalk around the marina, past a big field up to Dorman Point. The hike was steeper than we thought, but the view was lovely at the top, even though it was a bit grey!
Our second hike to us up the beautiful Killarney Lake past the Bowen Island Fish Hatchery in Crippen Park. The views of the lake are some of the island’s best.
Just before hopping on the ferry, we took a breather at Deep Bay Lagoon. The view was spectacular as all the clouds had dissipated and we spent an hour watching the ducks and picking our way through rocks and boats.
When it’s summertime and hot, Bowen is also my favourite place to go paddle-boarding. Boards are available to rent right next to the ferry for $20/hour and you can hang out on the ocean surrounded on all sides by islands and mountains; perfection.
*Including photos by Nelli