All you need to know about transportation to and on Bowen Island. BC and Bowen Island ferry information, How to get from YVR to
You will find information below on all ways to get to, from, and around Bowen Island. For more information, check out the right sidebar of the Bowen Island Municipality's website, where transportation resources and updates are also listed.
NO TAXIS OR UBERS ARE AVAILABLE ON BOWEN
BC FERRY INFORMATION
No reservations accepted ~ first come first aboard.
We recommend arriving about 30 minutes before your sailing time to ensure that you will board.
Remember that ticket sales at Horseshoe Bay will end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and walk-on passengers. At Snug Cove, Bowen Island, loading will end five minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and walk-on passengers.
When purchasing your ticket in Horseshoe Bay know that it is a ROUND TRIP fare.
If you miss the NOON ferry at Horseshoe Bay no worries. Park your car in the ferry line up and walk a short distance into Horseshoe Bay to enjoy lunch at one of the fun restaurants or pubs. You will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy your meal before the next ferry departure at approximately 2:30pm.
If you are arriving late to Horseshoe Bay know that the last ferry to Bowen leaves at approximately 10:20 pm. Do Check the schedule for the exact time.
Experience Card Would you like to receive a discount (approximately 42%) off of your ferry fare? To receive your discount on your fare consider buying an Experience Card. It can be purchased at the ticket booth for a minimum of around $115. This is a good value if you think you might be making multiple ferry trips and or visiting Bowen Island again in the future. Here is more information about the Experience Card. GREAT news....it never expires!
For a handy guide on ferry Do's and Don'ts, check out the Municipality's ferry guide here.
Locals keep informed about the current ferry conditions by following the Bowen Ferry Realtime Updates page on Facebook.
HOW TO GET FROM VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO HORSESHOE BAY
Read our blog post about arranging transportation to Bowen ISland before Landing at YVR for the complete skinny about timing your arrival with transportation and catching the ferry to Bowen.
So, the plane has landed at YVR Airport, and you’re excited about arriving at your beautiful Bowen Island vacation rental. Adventure and relaxation await. Now, how to get from Vancouver International Airport to Bowen Island?
If you’re planning important travel details on-the-fly, as you leave the plane, you’re risking the vacation you have been looking forward to, and that you have invested money on. So much can go wrong, if left up to chance.
Be Prepared – don’t leave your travel arrangements up to chance.
CORMORANT MARINE WATER TAXI If you miss the last BC ferry from Horseshoe Bay or you want a late night out on the mainland count on Cormorant Marine to get you back to Bowen.
Call Brian Biddlecombe @ 604-250-2630
Below is the Cormorant Marine schedule between Horseshoe Bay and Bowen:
Sunday to Thursday
Depart Horseshoe Bay
Friday and Saturday
Depart Horseshoe Bay
Charters available at any time.
Are you coming to Bowen Island during the annual Vancouver Fireworks Competition in July? Avoid the traffic chaos and give Brian a call to see if you can join the charter into English Bay to enjoy this spectacular show.
Go here to learn more about the Honda Celebration of Light in Vancouver BC.
BOWEN ISLAND COMMUNITY SHUTTLE
Many of our guests like to travel without a vehicle and on Bowen, and our Community Bus that services limited portions of the island. Various areas can be accessed by the Bowen Island Community Shuttle, part of TransLink. Use the TRANSLINK.CA TRIP SCHEDULER ROUTE 281 TO PLAN YOUR TRIP. The transfer you received from the Vancouver buses work on Bowen with no extra charge.
If you are staying on the east side of Bowen Island (this would include the Lazy Bowen Hideaway and the Lazy B Waterfront Suite) you will be pleased to know that the 281 bus to Eaglecliff will drop you right at the top of the driveway.
If arriving via ferry, walk a short distance to the library where you will see the C11 281 bus parked out front. Tell your bus driver that you would like to be dropped off at Cleator Road.....they will know where that is. The bus ride only takes about 15 minutes.
When returning to Snug Cove just wave down the bus anywhere along the route and hop on. You can pay with exact change or scan your Compass Card. More info about fares here.
For guests staying at the Eastman Waterfront Cottage the 282 bus services Mount Gardner Road only on weekends, and it does not go all the way to the property; you would still have to walk for quite a distance.
281 SHUTTLE BUS ~ SNUG COVE TO EAGLECLIFF stop times:
- 8:25 pm Monday through Friday
- 5:25 pm Saturday and Sunday
Plan your trip using the Translink.ca website for the route 281.
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