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March 2018

Hiking on Bowen Checklist

If you are planning a self-guided hiking trip to Bowen Island during the warm-season months, these are some recommended essentials to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.


Pre-trip planning

  • Research your route. Find Bowen trails information here.
  • Check the weather forecast and plan for daylight.
  • Check the ferry schedule.
  • Decide on your transportation. Bowen is a walking-friendly island, you may want to consider taking public transportation instead of bringing your vehicle. Learn more about getting to Bowen here.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. File a trip plan using AdventureSmart’s online tool.
  • Pack your bag. Download your Hiking Checklist PDF.

What to bring

Clothing and footwear
  • Daypack for carrying items
  • Proper hiking shoes or boots
  • Weather-appropriate outdoor clothing (e.g. wicking base layers for warmer days, breathable waterproof jacket for rainy days, insulating layers for cooler days or evenings)
  • Sun protection including hat and sunglasses
  • Extra dry clothing (e.g. socks and base layers) for rainy weather
Essential safety items
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Knife
  • Map and compass/GPS (Note: cell service in many areas is spotty or unavailable)
  • Whistle
  • Water or other hydrating liquids
  • Nutrient-dense snacks or lunch (find some suggestions here)
  • Phone to call in emergency
  • Suncreen
Optional gear
  • Hiking polls
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Emergency blanket or bivy bag

Safety tips

  • In the summer months, observe the local fire danger ratings. All open fires are banned. Please consider not smoking on the trails while the forests are tinder dry.
  • Most hikes on Bowen include hills of varying degree. Ensure your fitness level is adequate for your chosen route.

Trail etiquette

  • Many trails are dog friendly, however, some do require a leash.
  • Respect the environment. Please pack out your garbage (and your dog’s poop).
  • Bring your adventurous spirit and remember to have fun!

Be adventure smart. Even though Bowen Island is relatively small, you can still find yourself in a remote location. If you would prefer to hike with a local guide, check out our hiking adventures here.

Baz Cardinal

In Charge of Fun

Baz believes adventure begins with freshly-brewed coffee and ends with West Coast craft beer.

Crave-worthy adventure snacks

Every individual has different requirements as to their nutrition needs when it comes to outdoor adventure.

Some can go for hours without refueling. For me, when I’m active even for a short time, I get what I call “hiker’s belly”. You can hear my stomach growling from 50 metres away, I’m sure of it. During high-intensity activities especially, I crave foods containing mostly fats and proteins. When prepping for heading into the wild, I draw upon my education as a holistic nutritionist to choose snacks from high quality sources of these macronutrients. These are some of my favourite foodstuffs and go-to recipes that do well to quell my hunger pangs.


What makes adventure snacks desirable is that they are:

• Packable: They don’t take up too much space and won’t be harmed by getting “squished” in your pack or dry bag.
• Portable: They can be eaten by hand.
• Resistant to the elements: They won’t degrade too quickly in blazing heat or are still edible even if they get a little wet.
• Nutrient-dense: To maintain your energy levels.
• Satiating: They are filling and/or refreshing. This is an important aspect to maintain a positive mental state.

Classic on-the-go snacks

These provisions don’t take much time to prepare or can be found easily at your local natural foods store:

• Nuts (adventurers love nuts!)
• Dried fruits (some of my faves are dates or mango slices)
• Roasted seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin
• Chocolate (go for quality)
• Personal trail mix (combine your unique preference of the above four ingredients)
• Olives (to satisfy those sodium cravings that arise from exertion)
• Chunks of cheese (aged cheeses tend to fare best in the elements)
• Hard-boiled eggs
• Oven-dried tomatoes
• Fresh fruit such as apple or orange slices (skip the banana, they don’t survive packing or extreme temperatures very well)
• Avocado (whole, sliced, or mushed are all good)
• Natural peanut butter or pumpkin seed butter spread on whole grain bread or tortilla wraps
• Bean dip or hummus with veggie sticks (think carrot, cucumber, red pepper, radish, cherry tomatoes)

A bit fancier

These eats require a little more pre-planning and effort, but when you are hours into a mountain hike or ocean paddle, you will truly appreciate it. My adventure buddy is big on eating healthy foods, not as enamoured with actual cooking. When I bring the snacks for our escapades, she comments that she eats better than most other times in her life. These are some of the recipes I enjoy making for the road:

Slightly spicy roasted pepitas
Roasted veggie and bean burritos (add avocado and skip the cheese for vegan friends)
Peanut butter energy bites
Chocolate banana bread
Homemade beef jerky
Beet hummus with za’atar pita chips
Pumpkin millet muffins
 Glowing spiced lentil soup (bring a thermos-full on your cold weather adventures)
Black bean and yellow rice salad (remember to take your spork!)

I love trying new recipes. Let us know what are some of your favourite adventure snacks.

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.