Safety. No bears, cougars, coyotes or raccoons – just deer. As a result, we and our children can safely hike, cycle, and play throughout the island. We do have to protect our gardens from the deer, though! (Hint: Before planting in unfenced areas, check with local gardeners or the local nursery about what plants are “deer resistant” — hardly any plants seem to be “deer proof”).
One of the lowest crime rates in Metro Vancouver (see the graphic in the right column on this page). We’re still a community where a person can advertise in the local newspaper that a set of keys, or a $20 bill, was found at the beach and could the owner please call to claim.
Hitchhiking. Unlike many places, hitchhiking is encouraged, not discouraged. In fact, Bowen has its own organized hitchhiking service — see Bowen LIFT for more information.
We’re still a community where the local newspaper might have an ad that a set of keys, or a $20 bill, was found at the beach and could the owner please call to claim.
On-Island Health Care. Provided by physicians, nurses, pharmacist, physiotherapists, acupuncturist, chiropractor, dentist, massage therapists (and a veterinarian for pet care). Weekly medical laboratory services for routine tests are provided on island by LifeLabs BC. Your can get more information about health care for Bowen Islanders at the Caring Circle.
Emergency. Bowen Island has its own Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment and its own BC Ambulance station. Fire and rescue service is provided by Bowen Island Municipality through local, well-trained volunteers who respond the minute an emergency call comes in. If required in an emergency, patients are transported off island to hospital by ambulance, water taxi, or BC Ambulance helicopter.