James and I had a day off together last Saturday and we decided to escape the Vancouver hustle and bustle and head to Bowen Island. This peaceful island is so close to Vancouver and easily accessible by public transport. It is just a short ferry from Horseshoe Bay and costs about $13. Perfect for a day trip.
The ferry was like a glorified waiting room with amazing views. It was enjoyable, in fact I would go as far to say it was the highlight of my trip. I loved admiring the views and you can even head on to the top deck to take in the fresh sea air. It was such a small ferry terminal on Bowen Island that you walk off where the cars board. That’s something I’ve only ever seen on movies, it’s true. In fact the whole place was very movie like. Just imagine a love story of two high school sweethearts, rekindling their love in a small seaside town.
First stop was food, obviously. We walked up the main street from the ferry terminal and stumbled upon Doc Morgan’s Pub and Restaurant. I was immediately drawn to the fish and chips. I know they won’t come close to Bob Carver’s fish and chips (the people of Hull will know) but I had to take a chance. They were good but just nothing like back home. The quest for good fish and chips continues. Nonetheless the pub was pleasant and was even showing a Hull City match on the TV, not that I’m a Hull City follower.
After stuffing our faces we thought it would be a great idea to walk the Dorman Point trail. On a full stomach we walked up this path to a viewpoint. Steep was an understatement. Ok, so I maybe exaggerating but it wasn’t fun after consuming a big meal and a beer. We were rewarded with gorgeous views at the top though. The views never fail to amaze me in Canada. Everyday I’m taken aback at something I see, even if I have seen it a hundred times.
We were going to walk to Killarney Lake, another walking trail you can do. However after much deliberation we decided to head back to the city and save the walk for another day. I was later informed by Daisy that we didn’t miss much.
I loved the vibe on Bowen Island, it was very laid-back and quaint. I was surprised how many car passengers were onboard on the ferry though. Where were they going? I can imagine this place being popular with tourists in the summer months so I was pleased to see it during a quieter period. This really is a great location for a few hours away from the city.