Posted by: cherylyoung | April 7, 2012

WITH A BEAUTIFULLY RUGGED LANDSCAPE AND FRIENDLY LAID-BACK PACE, BOWEN ISLAND IS TYPICAL OF THE FORESTED RETREATS TO BE FOUND HERE…. PART 2

 A quick 20-minute ferry ride west of 

Vancouver brings visitors to Bowen

 Island, an emerald island in the

waters of Howe Sound

The first third of the trail is on level ground padded

 by years of fallen leaves and needles, then it begin

 to rise gently through second-growth forest.

 

 Huge cedar stumps testify that these graceful giants

 once predominated here.

 At the halfway point to Killarney Lake, a path leads

 off to the left and across a small bridge over

 Terminal Creek.

 Horses exercise in a paddock nearby.

 Once at the lake, the 4-km Killarney Loop Trail circles

 its perimeter somewhat erratically, passing a picnic

 area and a small beach along the way.

 

 A lovely stretch of boardwalk spans a marshy are

a at the north end of the lake.

 

Crippen Regional Park comprises everything visitors

hope to find in a park.

Bowen is a paradise of Mountain Biking Trails,

 from relatively easy loops around Killarney Lake in

 Crippen Regional Park to the burning climb up

 Mount Gardner.

 

 The island is a world unto itself, so take the time to

 explore and revel in Bowen’s sedated pace.

 

Although the tempo may be relaxed, mountain bikers

 will find the roads that ring the island demanding,

with few level stretches and even fewer beach-access

 points for well-deserved breaks.

Daytrip to Bowen Island: You can take an exciting

 ride in a fast tour boat to peaceful Snug Cove from

Granville Island in Vancouver, an enjoyable day’s outing.

 

 You’ll be following a long-standing tradition if you do,

 as ferries once brought revellers from Vancouver for

 day and overnight outings to Bowen Island.\

 

Telephone BC Ferries, (604) 669-1211, to confirm

 sailing times on the Queen of Capilano, which carries

 85 vehicles.

 

The round-trip fare for foot passengers is currently

 $5.50 per person, and there is an extra charge of

 $1.50 for bicycles, much more reasonable than the

 $16.00 fee for cars.

You can travel to Horseshoe Bay by bus (#250).

 Call West Vancouver Bus Transportation at

 (604) 985-7777 for schedule information.

 

 Driving instructions from Vancouver to

 Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal:

West on Georgia Street, through Stanley Park

Cross the Lions Gate Bridge

Follow the Upper Levels Highway, 99-1, to Horseshoe

 Bay Ferry Terminal.

Total estimated driving time from downtown Vancouver:

 25 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

CHERYL C YOUNG

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C  www.cherylyoung.ca

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