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