Explore life & real estate options on Bowen Island, B.C.

TRANSPORTATION

Bowen’s is a unique commute — on the ferry deck, breathing fresh sea air, talking with neighbors. Much more pleasant than looking at the tailpipe of the vehicle in front of you!

Ferry Service

Map-location-Bowen-IslandDrive or take a bus to the ferry terminal in Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.

From there, the ferry to Snug Cove leaves almost every hour, and the trip takes approximately 20 minutes.

No reservations are necessary, but experienced commuters try to be 20-30 minutes early at the ferry terminal during the busy morning and evening runs.

Ticket sales end 10 minutes before scheduled sailing times, so give yourself enough time to purchase a ticket.

Bowen Island Municipality has produced a Ferry Guide with official and unwritten rules for vehicles and foot passengers, including a map that shows how to line up your vehicle in the ferry lane.

Ferry Schedule — October 10, 2017 to December 20, 2017

Leave Horseshoe BayLeave Bowen Island
6:00 am
7:00 am (except Sun.)
8:00 am
9:00 am (except DC Wed.*)
10:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 pm
2:25 pm
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
6:30 pm
7:30 pm (except Sat.)
8:30 pm (except Sun.)
9:30 pm
5:30 am (except Sat. & Sun. & statutory holidays)
6:30 am
7:30 am (except Sun.)
8:30 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
11:30 am
12:30 pm
3:00 pm
4:00 pm (except DC Wed.*)
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
7:00 pm (except Sat.)
8:00 pm (except Sun.)
9:00 pm
10:00 pm
* Dangerous Cargo sailing on Wednesday. No passengers permitted.

Ferry Fares — Effective April 1, 2017

 Regular FareWith BC Ferries Experience Card*
Adult (12 years or older)$12.35$7.50
Child (ages 5-11)$6.20$3.75
Child younger than 5FreeFree
BC student, ages 5 to 18 (school event)Free (documentation required)Free (documentation required)
VehicleLess than 7 feet wide, 7 feet high & 20 feet long: $34.85 (fare does not include driver or passengers); special rates for vehicles wider than 7 feet or longer than 20 feet $22.55 (fare does not include driver or passengers)
Motorcycle$17.45; special rate with sidecar and/or trailer $11.30 (special rate with sidecar and/or trailer)
Bicycle$2.00Free
Fuel surcharge/rebateSometimes fuel surcharges or rebates are applied to fares
BC seniors$6.20 Monday through Thursday except on statutory holidays. This applies only to the passenger fare. You will be required to show your BC Gold Care Card as it confirms your age (65 years or older) and also that you are a full-time resident of British Columbia. $3.75 Monday through Thursday except on statutory holidays. This applies only to the passenger fare. You will be required to show your BC Gold Care Card as it confirms your age (65 years or older) and also that you are a full-time resident of British Columbia.
Permanently Disabled & Escort$6.20 for 12 years or older; $3.05 for 5 to 11 years old (documentation required)$3.80 for 12 years or older; $1.85 for 5 to 11 years old (documentation required)
* BC Ferries Experience Card — an electronic swipe card that can be loaded and reloaded with money and used to pay for ferry travel on participating routes (including Bowen Island). Cardholders have access to savings simply by loading the card with the minimum Stored Value amount.

For more details, call B.C. Ferries at 1-888-223-3779 from anywhere in North America, or at 250-386-3431 from outside North America, or visit the BC Ferries website.

Note: Ferry schedule and fares subject to change without notice.

A unique commute — on the ferry deck, breathing fresh sea air, talking with neighbors. (More pleasant than looking at the tailpipe of the vehicle in front of you.)

A unique commute!

Cormorant Marine – Water Taxi

A passenger-only water taxi operated by a local Bowen Island company provides service between Bowen Island the Government Wharf at Horseshoe Bay. Its schedule is as follows:

Depart Snug Cove
4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
11:15 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday), 12:15 a.m. (Friday & Saturday)

Depart Horseshoe Bay
4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:15 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
11:30 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday), 12:30 a.m. (Friday & Saturday)

For more details or fares, call 604-250-2630 (cellular) or visit their website.

Cormorant Marine offers late-night passenger service to/from Horseshoe Bay
CORMORANT MARINE OFFERS LATE-NIGHT PASSENGER SERVICE TO/FROM HORSESHOE BAY

Bowen Land And Sea Taxi (B.L.A.S.T.)

Bowen Land and Sea Taxi (B.L.A.S.T.) provides land taxi service on Bowen Island—as well as passenger-only sea taxi service at various times between Bowen Island and Granville Island in Vancouver. Call 604-250-TAXI (604-250-8294) for the land taxi, or book online for the sea taxi. Their website provides information about scheduled runs, fares, and reservation information.

Bowen-Land-and-Sea-Taxi
BOWEN LAND AND SEA TAXI (B.L.A.S.T.) PROVIDES LAND TAXI SERVICE ON BOWEN ISLAND & PASSENGER-ONLY WATER TAXI SERVICE TO/FROM GRANVILLE ISLAND & COAL HARBOUR

Jack Bell Ride Share Van

The ride share van runs to and from the University of British Columbia (UBC) via downtown Vancouver five days a week. It departs Bowen on the 6:30 a.m. ferry sailing. It departs UBC at 4:15 p.m., arrives in downtown Vancouver around 4:45 p.m. for pick ups, and arrives at Horseshoe Bay around 5:10 p.m. for assured loading on the 5:30 p.m. ferry to Bowen Island. For information, call 778-947-4704.

Bus

TransLink Community Shuttle buses provide local daily service for commuter ferry runs (morning and evening) for much of the island (Routes C10 and C11). Plus weekend service during the summer. Call 604-947-0229 for schedule information.

The Bowen Express Bus operates between Bowen Island and downtown Vancouver. In the morning it picks up people in Horseshoe Bay who come on the 6:30, 7:30, or 8:30 ferry and takes them downtown (the first trip of the week departs from the ferry deck, and all other trips depart from the north side of the BC Ferries ticketing building). In the afternoon, the Express Bus picks up people from three downtown stops along Georgia Street at 3:45, 4:45, and 5:45, and takes them to Horseshoe Bay, timed to meet a water taxi (4:30 and 5:30) and the afternoon/early evening ferries (4:30, 5:30, and 6:30). For more information see this group’s Facebook page.

Translink bus service for commuter ferry sailings and weekends
ON-ISLAND TRANSLINK BUS SERVICE FOR COMMUTER FERRY SAILINGS AND WEEKENDS

Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking on Bowen Island is encouraged (it’s not illegal) — in fact, there is a website to coordinate hitchhiking on Bowen in an effort to reduce car use on Bowen.


Scooter Rentals

Explore the island on a scooter rented from Zoom Zoom Bowen. Their website provides more information.


Other

Private vehicles are the primary form of transportation on the island. A few years ago the local Chamber of Commerce stated that approximately 40% of the working force on Bowen Island commutes daily into Greater Vancouver to work.