This summer we’ve already experienced scorching heat, sweaty brows, and sunburns – and it’s only June.
With summer comes long days of sunshine, providing plenty of time for outdoor adventures. After hours of roasting under the blazing sun, here are some of our favourite ways to chill out on Bowen:
Gobble up some ice cream
Almost everyone has sweet memories of sticky ice cream trickling down their hands and arms to drip onto their wet-from-the-beach swimsuit. Add more gooey goodness to your fond remembrances at:
- Located on the pier, Branch and Butter serves locally-made Earnest Ice Cream with newfangled flavours such as Spruce Bud or Rhubarb Oat Crumble.
- The window on the boardwalk at the Union SteamShip Marina gift shop serves up good old-fashioned choices like Strawberry or Chocolate, but feel free to mix it up with a scoop of Birthday Cake or Raspberry Cream Cheese Swirl.
- Cocoa West Chocolatier at Artisan Square serves a small selection of standby flavours from Mario’s Gelato.
Head to the nearest beach for a swim
Island living means exposure to constant breezes and brisk ocean water temperatures that will soothe your heat-agitated soul. There are numerous beaches to discover on our rocky shores, here are a few of the more popular ones for swimming:
- Tunstall Bay Beach is family-friendly and it’s west-facing locale provides for great sunsets.
- Roger Curtis Beach is popular for an end-of-the-day dip and is also one of the more dog-friendly spots on the island.
- Seymour Bay is located near the golf course (yes, there’s a golf course on Bowen) and has lovely views towards the city.
Find a shady spot under a patio umbrella
Many of Bowen’s great restaurants also have great patios and for as long as we get to enjoy the dry summer months, they are usually humming with happy patrons.
- The cheerful courtyard at Rustique Bistro is surrounded by grass, shaded by trees, and also dog-friendly. You know you’re not in the city any more when.
- Located “up the hill”, the French-inspired comfort food served at Artisan Eats is loved by locals and visitors alike. Enjoy your breakfast or lunch on the terrace overlooking stunning Howe Sound.
- One of Bowen’s newer-on-the-scene restaurants, Barcelona Tapas & Wine Bar, has created a lovely gazebo-like patio surrounded by fresh flowers where you can bask in their Spanish delights.
Imbibe in a cold drink
Refresh yourself with an icy beer, unique cocktail, or fresh juice at one of Bowen’s favourite institutions. As an added bonus, each of these establishments also have covered patio seating to shelter you from the elements.
- Hang out at Bowen’s newest establishment, the Bowen Island Pub, which offers chill west coast vibes with craft beer and locally-inspired cocktails.
- A long-standing visitors’ favourite set in a historic building, the tap list at Doc Morgan’s will suit a variety of tastes.
- The Snug Café is known for their breakfasts, which also includes a reviving selection of veggie juices or blended fruit smoothies.
Take part in an ocean-going adventure
Not every adventure with us is going to make you hot, some are specifically designed to keep you cool.
- For those who want to gain confidence to go swimming beyond splashing about at the shore, learn important skills in our open-water swimming course, Intro to Ocean Swimming.
- Hot to Cool will get you sweaty with our hiking adventure that leads you clear across the island, where you will finish off with an invigorating swim at one of our favourite beaches.
- Explore the amazing underwater scenery that exists only in Howe Sound by learning to snorkel in our Under the Sea adventure.
Follow the locals
There are many hidden gems on Bowen Island so if you know someone who lives here, they can point you in the right direction.
- If you’re lucky enough to be friends with a member of the Tunstall Bay Beach Club, ask them if they can bring you as a guest to lounge poolside.
- Dine in the fields as the sun sets at the popular Long Table Dinners at Home Farm Gardens where local chefs prepare sumptuous meals using farm-inspired ingredients.
- One of Bowen’s favourite summertime traditions is attending the Canada Day Celebration in Crippen Park where the local volunteer fire department showcases their fire trucks and turn the hoses on to soak all those who are willing to jump into the fray of shrieking children.
Kiley believes adventure brings out the best in her and that is has the transformative capacity to do the same for others.