Hiking on Bowen Checklist

By March 26, 2018April 5th, 2018Activities, Good to Know

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.

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