Groceries & Beverages
We do recommend that you purchase the majority of your groceries from the mainland as the island grocery stores are more expensive. After all, every item includes a transportation cost. The island grocery stores are perfect for filling in on the items that you may have forgotten. Although, I have purchased every item needed for a Thanksgiving feast right on Bowen. You will find the full array of groceries on-island required to prepare a special meal.
Check store websites for the most current hours of operation.
SNUG COVE GENERAL STORE
Hours: 8:00 am - 8:30 pm daily
Located right in the heart of Snug Cove you will find Fresh meat, produce, groceries, liquor agency and lottery tickets.
The meat quality is excellent at the General Store. If you are gluten free they have a great selection of products.
THE RUDDY POTATO WHOLE FOODS MARKET & DELI CAFE
Hours: 9 am - 7:30 pm every day
Located in Village Square at the corner of Trunk Road and Dorman Road.
Fresh, local, healthy and organic. Local produce, artisan breads, meats, poultry, Oceanwise fresh fish, groceries and healthcare products. If you don't want to cook, Ruddy Kitchen Meals to-go are a great option, including mains such as lasagna, pizza, roast chicken, curries, chillies, soups and fresh-made desserts. Enjoy coffees, cold beverages, lunch and sweet treats in the Café & Deli. Or pick up your fixings for a picnic.
ALDERWOOD FARM SPECIALTY FOOD SHOP
Hours: 10am - 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays
1351 Adams Rd, Bowen Island BC V0N1G0
As you go up the winding driveway past the free-range chickens, you'll know you're visiting an authentic country shop. The tiny Alderwood Speciality Food Shop is packed with high-quality and organic groceries, teas, condiments, nuts & seeds and gift items, too. The kitchen makes a delicious selection of soups, dips, sauces, pies, baked goods and main dishes, including lasagna, moussaka, pizza, and curries – many are vegan or vegetarian! You'll also fine a small selection of fresh meats, deli cold cuts and, of course, free-range eggs, including the occasional very large emu egg. Alderwood Farm is a great place to pick up picnic foods before heading to the western beaches.
BOWEN ISLAND BEER & WINE CELLAR
Hours: 10 am to 11pm every day
103-996 Dorman Road (under the Ruddy Potato, opposite Pub), Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G0
A fine selection of international and BC wines, craft beers, ciders, coolers and beverages. The friendly and knowledgable staff are helpful and will gladly give you recommendations.
SAFEWAY @ CAULFIELD VILLAGE IN WEST VANCOUVER
Hours: Sun: 7am - 7pm. Mon - Sat: 7am - 9pm
5385 Headland Dr.
West Vancouver, BC V7W 3E7
Details: Deli, Pharmacy, Produce
If you would like to pick up groceries on your way to Bowen Island, this Safeway is conveniently located off of Hightway 1 just before you arrive in Horseshoe Bay. Take Exit 4 off of Canada Highway 1.
FISHERMAN'S MARKET IN WEST VANCOUVER
Hours: 10:30 - 6:30 pm Monday through Sunday. Closed on all Stat Holidays.
5349 Headland Drive, West Vancouver (in Caufeild Village near the Safeway)
Pick up some fresh fish before coming to Bowen at the Fisherman's Market.
BOWEN ISLAND FARMERS' MARKETS
Hours: 10am-12pm, Saturdays only ~ May through October. Check Facebook page for exact dates & times.
Located at the Bowen Island Community School: 1041 Mt. Gardner Road.
A mix of fresh produce from local farms and gardens as well as homemade jams, baked goods, preserves, coffee, garden crafts, tea, seedlings, herbs, buskers and more! Every Saturday, 10am-12pm.
GROCERY DELIVERY SERVICES
If you're staying on Bowen Island long enough to catch a delivery day for any of these markets, (they deliver weekly), you may enjoy the convenience of ordering from your laptop. Check websites for delivery days and order deadlines, and note that some will provide similar items if exact items are out of stock.