Bowen Island Neighbourhood

July 12, 2011

Bowen Island residents are protective of their home 25 kilometres northwest of Vancouver in the middle of Howe Sound, and the retreat it offers from British Columbia's Lower Mainland. Public debates regarding high-profile developments on the south side of the island highlight this.

Home to approximately 3,700 full-time residents, including a dynamic community of entrepreneurs and artists, Bowen Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, and an hour by car from downtown Vancouver.

Shopping requires a trip to West Vancouver, but Blue Eyed Mary's restaurant is a local favourite for socializing with residents and the visitors who come to enjoy the island's hiking trails and other recreational opportunities. Summer offers beaches, kayak rentals, golfing and hiking to the top of Mount Gardner, the island's highest point.

The retreat the island offers comes at a price -- the average list price of a Bowen Island home is over $1 million, with the cheapest property starting at approximately $400,000. With a median age in the 2006 census of 45 years, residents are in the prime of life and ready to enjoy it. Check out Bowen Island MLS® listings

Bowen Island Amenities

Bowen Island Shopping

Artisan Square in Snug Cove brings together a range of shops, galleries, studios and cafes. Bowen Island Summer Market runs from July to September and features a range of local produce.

Schools and Education on Bowen Island

Primary schools Other

Bowen Island Cafés and Restaurants

Blue Eyed Mary's is the premier eatery on Bowen Island, although there are several others as well as a handful of coffee shops and concession stands.

Bowen Island Sports and Recreation

Various clubs and associations bring together boating, trail riding, golfing and kayaking enthusiasts for the enjoyment of Bowen Island's splendour, including the Bowen Island Yacht Club, Bowen Island Fish and Wildlife Club and Bowen Island Golf Association.

Bowen Island Transportation

Bowen Island has one main road that bisects the island from the ferry dock in Snug Cove to Bowen Bay. BC Ferries sail approximately once an hour, with some variation (check schedule).

Bowen Island Property Statistics

Home prices*
Detached $894,098
Semi-detached N/A
Apartments N/A
*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver- average price for the past 12 months (March 2011)

Bowen Island Demographics

Population* 3,678 (2010) *Source: BC Stats
60+ 19.1%
40 to 59 39.3%
20 to 39 16.8%
5 to 19 13.2%
0 to 4 5.9%
*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census
Fully owned 81%
Rented 19%
*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census
Detached 91.4%
Semi-detached 1.1%
Apartments 5.2%
*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census