Guided Hike and Hiking Clinic

Into the Mountains

Be prepared for a challenging hike at elevation

Hiking is defined as a “long walk especially for the purpose of pleasure”. There is a difference between a casual stroll in a park versus heading up into the wild trails of a mountain. To maximize enjoyment and keep yourself safe, there are important tools and resources it is beneficial to learn. In this informative clinic, you will gain valuable knowledge about:

• The importance of trip planning
• Appropriate clothing for the seasons
• Essential safety gear to carry and how to use it
• Fundamental map reading skills
• Helpful tips to keep you on-trail and on-time

You will then have the opportunity to experience a mountain hike by going for a “long pleasure walk” to the summit of Mt. Gardner, Bowen’s highest peak. This mountain is well-suited to apply your newfound skills as it is notorious for leading first-timers astray.

Once back in the Cove, we will celebrate with a special treat at one of Bowen’s favourite hangouts.


7 hours

Group size
Min 2/Max 6

Physical level
• Moderate to challenging
• Distance: 17 km
• Elevation gain: 715 m

2019 Dates

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9:30 a.m.*  Meet at designated location for welcome
9:45 p.m.  Participate in hiking clinic
10:30 a.m.  Hike to Mt. Gardner begins
4:00 p.m.  Return to Snug Cove and enjoy a treat at a local’s favourite hangout

*For day travellers to Bowen Island, it is suggested to arrive latest by the 9:05 a.m. ferry departing Horseshoe Bay. Note the cutoff time to purchase tickets is 10 minutes before the scheduled departure. For detailed ferry information, visit the BC Ferries website. Please be aware if you miss the meet-up time, the group will leave as scheduled without you.

Weather guarantee

This adventure will proceed rain or shine. Sunshine is nice, but hiking in the rain is lovely, too.

What to bring

• Day pack
• Proper walking or hiking shoes as you will be walking on uneven terrain with potential tripping hazards such as rocks and roots
• Weather-appropriate clothing (e.g. for warmer days wear wicking material, for cooler days wear layers; for rainy days wear a waterproof jacket and shoes)
• Sun protection such as sunscreen and a hat
• Vessel for drinking water
• Snacks or picnic lunch

Physical ability

All adventurers need to be in good physical health in order to fully participate. When selecting your adventure, please make sure you have read through the description carefully and assess your ability to cope with the activities involved. Please note that if, in the opinion of the instructor or guide, any participant is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Bowen Island Adventures reserves the right to exclude them from the adventure without refund.

Medical and travel insurance

Emergency Medical Insurance for this activity is recommended for all out-of-province participants. When selecting a travel insurance policy it is recommended that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. For multi-day events, we suggest the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We recommend Covermore by Manulife Insurance for Canadian travellers.