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May 2018

Best places to rest in between adventures on Bowen

From earthy to elegant, Bowen’s welcoming lodgings have got you covered for the night.

Even though the island is close to the City, why spend only one day in paradise when you can stay two, three, or more? Whether you want to pare down to a simpler existence or indulge in all the creature comforts, there is a unique experience available for everyone. Once you have tuckered yourself out playing outside all day, these are some select places to turn in before heading out on your next day’s adventure.

Funky cabin in the woods

Nestled amidst five acres of forested trails, Wildwood Lane Cabins offer three rustic cabins, all updated with industrial and reclaimed timber features. Each cozy pad includes a fully-equipped kitchen and loft bedroom. You will feel as though you are deep in the backwoods, yet still have access to all the amenities Bowen has to offer.

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Home away from home

Bowen Island Accommodations provides a range of homey options from beach cottage to luxury waterfront home. Each with gorgeous ocean views, you are sure to regain your energy by breathing in the revitalizing sea air.

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Girlfriends’ getaway

At Tyee House, you will likely be invited to unwind from your day in the garden with your favourite bottle of wine. The delightful host provides epicurean breakfasts made from ingredients she picks up at the local farmers market. Lucky you! Grab your girlfriend, there’s a bedroom for each of you, and pack your bags.

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Detoxify your life

The attention to detail is what guests appreciate about the well-appointed cottages set upon immaculate grounds at Nectar Yoga B&B. Each stay includes healthful breakfasts, yoga, and meditation lessons. For a more internal kind of adventure, experience their specialty – liquid detox weekend getaways.

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A piece of history

A century ago, Bowen Island was a premier resort destination for adventure seekers who travelled from town by steamship. Now operated by the Union SteamShip Company, these historical cottages have been preserved to maintain their original character. Located in the heart of Snug Cove, each differs with a range from one to five bedrooms.

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Room with a view

Bowen Bay’s Nest is a 2-bedroom luxury, self-contained suite overlooking Bowen Bay with views to the Sunshine Coast and beyond. This modern oasis entices you to slow down, connect with nature, and take it all in.

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Kick up your heels

The guest suite at Evergreen Accommodations is a spacious private apartment, perfect for putting your feet up and soaking in the ambience. Originally built in the 1940s as a recreation hall for a nearby resort, you will feel reminiscent of those marvellous times with access to the grand dining room, sitting room, and historic dance hall.

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Romantic evening

The Chocolate Suite at Cocoa West is located in the centre of the artisan community surrounded by shops, art galleries, and wellness studios. Once you are ready to retire to your den, dim lighting and dark chocolate makes for an night of sensual indulgence. Sweet dreams.

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Get the gang all together

Bowen Island Lodge is one of the few accommodations on the island capable of hosting large groups. The scenic oceanside setting has inspired a recent remodel of the rooms and suites. With boardrooms and a full-service hall, they are all set to host your next educational seminar or corporate event.

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Furry-friends welcome

Bowen Island is an animal lovers’ paradise. With beautiful forested trails and dog-friendly beaches, you and your pooch can go almost everywhere, including to stay at the Simply Safari Guest Suite. Your cordial hostess has decorated the suite in the style of her frequent African safari excursions.

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Kiley Redhead

Director of Adventure

Kiley believes adventure brings out the best in her and it has the transformative capacity to do the same for others.

Four outdoorsy events to check out this summer

Whether you want to be inspired by other people’s stories or get your own feet wet, adventure is waiting for you.

These festivities are about celebrating the great outdoors, they are also about people who love to be outside. Behind each of these events are impassioned locals who believe in the power of adventure to enhance lives. These are a few of the organized events you can join in on Bowen Island this summer season:

Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival

When we started the film festival three years ago, we didn’t realize we were also planting the seed for what is now Bowen Island Adventures. At the time, we simply wanted to connect with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and offer a platform for people to share their stories about their love of sport and to celebrate the extraordinary nature of Bowen Island. This year’s event will again showcase a diverse array of adventure-loving residents doing everything from scuba diving to rock climbing, right here on our beloved island.
Saturday, May 26th, 2018
For more info: biaff.ca

’Round Bowen Challenge

Organized by Brent O’Malley, the intrepid owner of Bowen Island Sea Kayaking, this race to circumnavigate 32 km around Bowen is one of the West coast’s biggest kayak events. The ’Round Bowen Challenge is open to paddlers of high performance kayaks, fast sea kayaks, sea kayaks, OC 1’s and 2’s, and standup paddleboards. The race ends with a dock party, awards ceremony, and the now famous salmon BBQ at the Bowen Island Marina.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
For more info: bowenislandkayaking.com/events-item/round-bowen-challenge

Swim Bowen

A force of nature herself, Mary Letson, the owner of Positively Fit, is pro-active in the fitness community. She created Swim Bowen to help fundraise for islanders who are undergoing cancer treatments. This inaugural event is a 1,000 m open-water swim, which can be done either solo or in a relay team. Grab your goggles to go for an invigorating plunge and then unwind with the post-event festivities at the Tunstall Bay Beach Club.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
For more info: swimbowen.wordpress.com

Handloggers Half Marathon

This challenging 21 km mountain trail run takes racers through some of Bowen’s most scenic trails. What started out as an idea during a trail run, the first event took off with just five hardy runners. Six years later, the Handloggers Half Marathon has grown to involve over 70 racers. Supported by a strong volunteer contingent, this event is spearheaded by co-organizers Phil Osborne and Alicia Hoppenrath, who are both also founders of the Bowen Island Trail Society.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
For more info: handloggershalf.com

Kiley Redhead

Director of Adventure

Kiley believes adventure brings out the best in her and it has the capacity to do the same for others.