Posted by: cherylyoung | April 29, 2012

Bowen Island BC is an enchanted island that attracts even more visitors from around the globe to its verdant coniferous forests and mountainous vistas

Bowen Island BC is an enchanted island that attracts

even more visitors from around the globe to its verdant

coniferous forests and mountainous vistas

A quick 20-minute ferry ride west of Vancouver

 brings visitors to Bowen Island, an emerald island

 in the waters of Howe Sound.

With a beautifully rugged landscape and friendly

 laid-back pace, Bowen Island is typical of the

 forested island retreats to be found along the coast

 of British Columbia.

Bowen Island was originally inhabited by the

Squamish First Nations who used it as their hunting

and fishing grounds.

Early settlers discovered shake dwellings and a smoke

 house in Snug Cove.

 Bowen also served as a neutral meeting ground for

 the Squamish and other First Nations, as well as a

 stopping place on the way up or down the coast.

 The first preemption of land by a white settler was

 in 1874, by William Eaton, who claimed 160 acres

 south of Killarney Lake.

Bowen Island was named in 1860 after Rear-Admiral

 James Bowen (1751-1835), master of the HMS Queen

 Charlotte, the flagship of Lord Howe.

 While on an exploration of the Strait of Georgia

 back in 1791, the Spanish explorer Narvaez had

 already  named this island and the one to the west

 ’the isles of Apodaca,’ after Spanish naval official

 Sebastian Ruiz de Apodaca.

Although now primarily a residential area, Bowen

 Island’s beauty was not wasted on the picnickers

 and weekend explorers who first developed Bowen

 Island as a recreation spot early last century.

 And a hundred years later, this enchanted island

attracts even more visitors from around the globe

 to its verdant coniferous forests and mountainous

vistas.

 Dubbed Happy Isle in the 1950s, this tiny port has

 been revitalized with an array of attractions, historic

 old turn-of-the-century buildings, quaint boutiques,

 and boardwalks.

The magic of Bowen Island is the peace and tranquility

 of country living that the island offers, while being so

accessible to the amenities of Vancouver.

Lakes, beaches, crown forest lands, beautiful hiking

trails, and absolute serenity await those residents

and visitors who choose to leave the hustle of city life

 behind them.

Population: 3,501

Location: Bowen Island is located in Howe Sound,

just an hour from downtown Vancouver,

which  includes the relaxing ferry ride on the

Queen of  Capilano, from Horseshoe Bay, north of

Vancouver.

 

BC A DAY AT A TIME. www.bcadayatatime.com

Cheryl Young, cbythesea@shaw.ca

CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C

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