Bowen Island lies near Vancouver, B.C. in Howe Sound with regular ferry service from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Originally used as summering grounds by the native Squamish Nation, Bowen Island was named after a British naval hero in 1860. European settlers began logging, farming, and fishing. By the end of the 19th century, cottages were springing up on Bowen Island, and it emerged as a popular holiday getaway for Vancouverites and other visitors. Water lovers enjoy kayaking around Bowen Island's sheltered bays, swimming at sandy beaches, and mooring their boats at local marinas. And from mighty Mount Gardner to the shores of Killarney Lake, hiking and mountain biking offer both hilly challenges and pure relaxation. Affluent home-owners abound, but in their commitment to laidback rural living, Bowen Island residents generally favour people over profits and art over avarice. Certainly, the locals cherish their privacy, but they're also spontaneous enough to pull over and pick up hitchhikers routinely.View City By-Laws
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