Adventure Calendar

Hello, adventure enthusiasts!
We are always adding new events to our calendar. If you don’t see your desired date, let us know.

If you have a specific inquiry you’d like to discuss, please feel free to reach us to discuss by using our inquiry form or email us at play@bowenislandadventures.com.

Apr
27
Sat
Mystery Fun Adventure (Various outdoor activities)
Apr 27 @ 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Mystery Fun Adventure

Take a chance on doing something unexpected right in your own backyard

In this adventure, you won’t actually find out what the activity is until you show up on the day. By definition, adventure means “to take the risk”. And while this means many things to many people, there’s nothing more adventurous than saying yes to the unknown.

In the spirit of fun, we put on our thinking caps (or in Baz’s case, his cowboy hat) and dreamed up a variety of people-powered adventures that highlight Bowen’s natural gifts and share some of our favourite Bowen experiences. Some activities are physically challenging, some are awe-inspiring, and some are educational – most are all of the above. For each outing, we will choose a unique adventure most suitable to the conditions and time of year. Or it might just be what feels fun in the moment.

This is an opportunity to get outside your comfort zone (at least out of your house) and open yourself up to whatever exciting experience awaits you. You might discover lesser explored regions of the island or try something you’ve never before imagined yourself doing.

While we cannot guarantee what your experience will be (it’s an adventure, after all), the probable outcomes include:

• Remembering that life is supposed to be fun (even in the difficult moments)
• Learning something new
• A greater appreciation for the outdoors
• A sense of freedom
• A physical workout
• Boosted energy
• Fulfillment and the feeling of accomplishment

If you dream of having more adventure in your life, now’s your chance. Be bold and join us for some mystery fun.

Apr
29
Mon
Mt. Gardner Magic (Hiking Program)
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Mt. Gardner Magic

Sometimes it takes a mountain to remind you what you are capable of

When I first moved to Bowen, I would stare up at the peak of Mt. Gardner and think “one day”. It took two long years before one day came. I began to prepare myself for the journey in stages. I started with short hikes. Then I began to take longer and more challenging trails. And even though I was becoming physically prepared, I still felt intimidated by the unknowns. Then something wonderful happened. Someone who had been up the trail before invited me to join her on the mountain. My first time up Mt. Gardner was a significant personal achievement. I danced at the top and soaked in the glorious view. After that, I gained the confidence to do it again and eventually would hike it on my own. Since then, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve visited the summit of Mt. Gardner. 75? 100? More? And each time is its own adventure. And each time it’s magic.

Mt. Gardner is a sacred place. It has an energy that is soothing to the soul. It’s mystical forests are enchanting. Its varied terrain captures your heart. From every trek, you will return a new being.

If you’ve ever attempted to hike the trail but found it physically daunting or simply wished you had an adventure buddy at your side, this experience is for you. Over a period of 4 months, we will work our way up to the summit in stages. We will take it slow and easy to start, gradually working up to the final stage which is to dance together on the summit. Along the way you will learn valuable skills to be prepared and keep you safe on the mountain. These are key to enjoying yourself in the outdoors.

Now it’s my turn to invite you to join me on Mt. Gardner. If you are doubting your ability to fulfill a desire, believe you are capable, allow yourself to be supported, and your “one day” will also become everyday.

May
13
Mon
Mt. Gardner Magic (Hiking Program)
May 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Mt. Gardner Magic

Sometimes it takes a mountain to remind you what you are capable of

When I first moved to Bowen, I would stare up at the peak of Mt. Gardner and think “one day”. It took two long years before one day came. I began to prepare myself for the journey in stages. I started with short hikes. Then I began to take longer and more challenging trails. And even though I was becoming physically prepared, I still felt intimidated by the unknowns. Then something wonderful happened. Someone who had been up the trail before invited me to join her on the mountain. My first time up Mt. Gardner was a significant personal achievement. I danced at the top and soaked in the glorious view. After that, I gained the confidence to do it again and eventually would hike it on my own. Since then, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve visited the summit of Mt. Gardner. 75? 100? More? And each time is its own adventure. And each time it’s magic.

Mt. Gardner is a sacred place. It has an energy that is soothing to the soul. It’s mystical forests are enchanting. Its varied terrain captures your heart. From every trek, you will return a new being.

If you’ve ever attempted to hike the trail but found it physically daunting or simply wished you had an adventure buddy at your side, this experience is for you. Over a period of 4 months, we will work our way up to the summit in stages. We will take it slow and easy to start, gradually working up to the final stage which is to dance together on the summit. Along the way you will learn valuable skills to be prepared and keep you safe on the mountain. These are key to enjoying yourself in the outdoors.

Now it’s my turn to invite you to join me on Mt. Gardner. If you are doubting your ability to fulfill a desire, believe you are capable, allow yourself to be supported, and your “one day” will also become everyday.

May
26
Sun
SwimBowen Training Series (Open-water Swimming)
May 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

SwimBowen Training Series

Prepare yourself for a great ocean swimming race for an even greater cause

SwimBowen is a community event with all proceeds benefiting the SwimBowen Society supporting Bowen Islanders in active cancer treatment. This training series has been designed specifically to support SwimBowen competitors who are newer to open-water swimming and want to gain confidence in participating in a race event.

This year’s race course features two distances: 500 metres (recommended for novice swimmers) or 1,000 metres (recommended for experienced swimmers). Whatever your experience level in swimming outdoors, this training series offers important skills and knowledge to maximize your safety and overall enjoyment of race day.

This three-session training series will cover the essential elements of open-water swim racing:

• Acclimating to the open-water environment
• Using proper breathing techniques
• Applying open-water orientation skills and sighting
• Race awareness such as swimming in a pack and buoy turns
• Practicing efficient swim technique

With this training being offered well in advance of race day, you will have plenty of time to apply your newfound skills and prepare yourself for the event on July 20, 2019.

For more information about or to register for the SwimBowen event, visit swimbowen.com

Jun
1
Sat
Race Day Ready (Half Marathon Training Program)
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Race Day Ready

Prepare yourself to experience Bowen’s challenging mountain trail race

The Handloggers Half Marathon is a formidable 21 km trail run race around Mt. Gardner. If you are ready to commit to achieving this personal goal and want to feel well prepared, this training program is designed specifically for you. The intention is to help you build your strength and fitness in stages while remaining injury free. Training with a group is a great way to stay inspired and encourage each other on your journey.

For this 14-week training program, you will be provided with a comprehensive training schedule developed by experienced trail runners. Each weekly clinic will include coaching advice and tips with a technical focus such as:

• Wearing the right shoes
• Developing good form
• Finding your tempo
• Staying nourished
• Safety precautions when running in backcountry
• Negotiating technical terrain
• Trail etiquette
• Preparing for race day

You will be introduced to a variety of trails on Bowen during your training, so check your schedule carefully each week to note your meeting location.

Partial proceeds go to support the Bowen Island Trails Society.

Jun
2
Sun
SwimBowen Training Series (Open-water Swimming)
Jun 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

SwimBowen Training Series

Prepare yourself for a great ocean swimming race for an even greater cause

SwimBowen is a community event with all proceeds benefiting the SwimBowen Society supporting Bowen Islanders in active cancer treatment. This training series has been designed specifically to support SwimBowen competitors who are newer to open-water swimming and want to gain confidence in participating in a race event.

This year’s race course features two distances: 500 metres (recommended for novice swimmers) or 1,000 metres (recommended for experienced swimmers). Whatever your experience level in swimming outdoors, this training series offers important skills and knowledge to maximize your safety and overall enjoyment of race day.

This three-session training series will cover the essential elements of open-water swim racing:

• Acclimating to the open-water environment
• Using proper breathing techniques
• Applying open-water orientation skills and sighting
• Race awareness such as swimming in a pack and buoy turns
• Practicing efficient swim technique

With this training being offered well in advance of race day, you will have plenty of time to apply your newfound skills and prepare yourself for the event on July 20, 2019.

For more information about or to register for the SwimBowen event, visit swimbowen.com

Jun
8
Sat
Race Day Ready (Half Marathon Training Program)
Jun 8 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Race Day Ready

Prepare yourself to experience Bowen’s challenging mountain trail race

The Handloggers Half Marathon is a formidable 21 km trail run race around Mt. Gardner. If you are ready to commit to achieving this personal goal and want to feel well prepared, this training program is designed specifically for you. The intention is to help you build your strength and fitness in stages while remaining injury free. Training with a group is a great way to stay inspired and encourage each other on your journey.

For this 14-week training program, you will be provided with a comprehensive training schedule developed by experienced trail runners. Each weekly clinic will include coaching advice and tips with a technical focus such as:

• Wearing the right shoes
• Developing good form
• Finding your tempo
• Staying nourished
• Safety precautions when running in backcountry
• Negotiating technical terrain
• Trail etiquette
• Preparing for race day

You will be introduced to a variety of trails on Bowen during your training, so check your schedule carefully each week to note your meeting location.

Partial proceeds go to support the Bowen Island Trails Society.

Jun
9
Sun
SwimBowen Training Series (Open-water Swimming)
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

SwimBowen Training Series

Prepare yourself for a great ocean swimming race for an even greater cause

SwimBowen is a community event with all proceeds benefiting the SwimBowen Society supporting Bowen Islanders in active cancer treatment. This training series has been designed specifically to support SwimBowen competitors who are newer to open-water swimming and want to gain confidence in participating in a race event.

This year’s race course features two distances: 500 metres (recommended for novice swimmers) or 1,000 metres (recommended for experienced swimmers). Whatever your experience level in swimming outdoors, this training series offers important skills and knowledge to maximize your safety and overall enjoyment of race day.

This three-session training series will cover the essential elements of open-water swim racing:

• Acclimating to the open-water environment
• Using proper breathing techniques
• Applying open-water orientation skills and sighting
• Race awareness such as swimming in a pack and buoy turns
• Practicing efficient swim technique

With this training being offered well in advance of race day, you will have plenty of time to apply your newfound skills and prepare yourself for the event on July 20, 2019.

For more information about or to register for the SwimBowen event, visit swimbowen.com

Jun
15
Sat
Race Day Ready (Half Marathon Training Program)
Jun 15 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Race Day Ready

Prepare yourself to experience Bowen’s challenging mountain trail race

The Handloggers Half Marathon is a formidable 21 km trail run race around Mt. Gardner. If you are ready to commit to achieving this personal goal and want to feel well prepared, this training program is designed specifically for you. The intention is to help you build your strength and fitness in stages while remaining injury free. Training with a group is a great way to stay inspired and encourage each other on your journey.

For this 14-week training program, you will be provided with a comprehensive training schedule developed by experienced trail runners. Each weekly clinic will include coaching advice and tips with a technical focus such as:

• Wearing the right shoes
• Developing good form
• Finding your tempo
• Staying nourished
• Safety precautions when running in backcountry
• Negotiating technical terrain
• Trail etiquette
• Preparing for race day

You will be introduced to a variety of trails on Bowen during your training, so check your schedule carefully each week to note your meeting location.

Partial proceeds go to support the Bowen Island Trails Society.

Jun
22
Sat
Race Day Ready (Half Marathon Training Program)
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Race Day Ready

Prepare yourself to experience Bowen’s challenging mountain trail race

The Handloggers Half Marathon is a formidable 21 km trail run race around Mt. Gardner. If you are ready to commit to achieving this personal goal and want to feel well prepared, this training program is designed specifically for you. The intention is to help you build your strength and fitness in stages while remaining injury free. Training with a group is a great way to stay inspired and encourage each other on your journey.

For this 14-week training program, you will be provided with a comprehensive training schedule developed by experienced trail runners. Each weekly clinic will include coaching advice and tips with a technical focus such as:

• Wearing the right shoes
• Developing good form
• Finding your tempo
• Staying nourished
• Safety precautions when running in backcountry
• Negotiating technical terrain
• Trail etiquette
• Preparing for race day

You will be introduced to a variety of trails on Bowen during your training, so check your schedule carefully each week to note your meeting location.

Partial proceeds go to support the Bowen Island Trails Society.