A Bowen Island day trip is one of the best Vancouver weekend getaways. And the one thing that makes a Bowen Island getaway even better is choosing to stay a night or two on the island. Each time I’ve been to Bowen Island, I’ve stayed two nights on the island and I think it’s the perfect way to really experience the relaxing effects of island life.
Below are some of my top picks for Bowen Island accommodation which will make for the perfect trip to Bowen Island, British Columbia!
Places to stay on Bowen Island – The best Bowen Island accommodations
Everyone’s looking for something different when it comes to accommodation for a weekend getaway near Vancouver. These highly rated accommodations on Bowen Island include the best hotels on Bowen Island along with Bowen Island bed and breakfasts, cottages and Bowen Island cabins. Personally, I like to stay in a nice cosy cabin but there is also a hotel on Bowen Island too.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any Bowen Island accommodation with a hot tub beside Bowen Island Lodge. Bowen Island Lodge can only be booked by groups, so it’s perfect if you’re planning a Bowen Island wedding or want to attend a retreat.
Bowen Island hotel – Artisan Suites on Bowen
There’s only really one hotel on Bowen Island and that’s Artisan Suites on Bowen. This hotel is in Artisan Square on Bowen Island, right above Artisan Cafe which is perfect for breakfast in the morning. The rooms come with beautiful views, whether of the ocean or Mt Gardner, and the rooms have luxury toiletries too.
Best Airbnbs, Bowen Island
While there aren’t many hotels on Bowen Island, there are a lot of choices when it comes to Airbnbs. Here’s my pick of the est Bowen Island Airbnb options. These options include Bowen Island rentals, cottages and Bowen Island retreats. Airbnb has a load of choice when it comes to Bowen Island self-catering options and a few places that’ll house larger groups too.
This is my favourite Bowen Island Airbnb that I’ve come across. The Wildwood cabins are absolutely gorgeous inside and out. They’re nestled in between the forest on Bowen Island. One of the best bits was the incredible spot to take in the sunset just behind the cabin.
The 4 cabins are kitted out wither everything you’ll need for a relaxing weekend getaway. This includes board games a wood fire and a well-equipped kitchen. We stayed in Cabin 1 and there were interesting books too.
If you’re looking to do some yoga on Bowen Island then there’s a yoga class every morning onsite which costs $20.
Bowen Island retreat – Beach House
This Bowen Island retreat has amazing views of the mountains and the sea. The best Bowen Island beaches are just a couple of minute’s away and the rental comes with paddleboards too. The beach house sleeps 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and there’s a kitchen and living area with a wood stove. If you’re visiting Bowen Island in summer there’s a deck and a BBQ as well as a lawn with a gazebo.
If you’re booking a trip with friends to Bowen Island, it’s the perfect place.
Airstream on Bowen Island, BC
There aren’t many places near Vancouver where you can stay in an Airstream, but Bowen Island happens to have one! This beautifully decorated and renovated airstream has everything you need for a unique place to stay on Bowen Island.
It’s situated in the forest about a 30-minute walk from Snug Cove and includes a well-equipped kitchen with some food essentials, and even has a bathroom.
A-Frame Yoga retreat
If you’re looking for a cabin on Bowen Island and love yoga then the A-frame yoga retreat with Nectar Yoga may be for you. I stayed at Nectar Yoga’s old location (read the review here) when I was looking for a Bowen Island yoga retreat and loved it. Their new A-frame cabins look stunning!
The nightly price includes your accommodation with breakfast and several Bowen Island yoga classes.
Suite on Bowen Island near Snug Cove
This suite on Bowen Island is a short walk away from the centre of Bowen where the Bowen Island restaurants and cafes are. It sleeps 4 and has plenty of light streaming in. It’s also a great price at $80 a night!
The Moulton Meadow Farm sea view cabin
The Moulton Meadow Farm sea view cabin on Bowen Island is the perfect escape complete with spectacular Ocean Views and complete privacy. This cabin is rustic with the added luxuries of a full-size kitchen, a big tub for soaking in and both wifi and Netflix for cosy film nights. There’s also a resident pig who loves to say hi!
Bowen Island ocean view accommodation
This beautiful house on Bowen Island for rent is perched above the ocean with panoramic views. You can watch the ferries go past and, if you’re lucky, catch sight of the whales, eagles, dolphins, cormorants and deer than can be seen from the deck of this rental home.
Bowen Island accommodation – pet friendly
Want to take your 4 legged friend to Bowen Island? Take a look ar these Bowen Island pet friendly accommodation options.
Union Steamship Historical Cottages
These Bowen Island pet friendly cottages are super close to the ferry and all the best Bowen Island restaurants. These Bowen Island cottages have all been restored to preserve the unique charm of the original Union Steamship Resort. All accommodation comes with wifi and there are fully equipped kitchens too.
You’re super close to Bowen Island hiking trails here so you won’t need to go far to let your dog run!
Eastman Waterfront Cottage with private beach
This cottage not only has amazing panoramic views but its very own private Bowen Island beach. It’s a 1950s cabin full of Bowen Island history on the north-west side of Bowen Island.
It sleeps up to 4 people and is pet-friendly. Plus, it comes with absolutely everything you could need for your stay at this Bowen Island lodging.
Bowen Island camping
While Bowen Island may seem like the perfect place for camping near Vancouver, camping in all forms is prohibited on Bowen Island. There are no official Bowen Island camping sites, and nor are you allowed to wild camp. It’s believed this is mostly due to the risk of fires starting, and trash being left behind.
If you’re planning on hiking on Bowen Island, be aware that’ll it’ll have to be a day hike as you cannot camp on Mount Gardner, or do Bowen Island camping anywhere else.
How to get from Vancouver to Bowen Island
If you’re wondering how to get to Bowen Island you’re in luck as it’s super easy from downtown Vancouver.
Getting to Bowen Island from Vancouver is so easy. It’s just a short, 20-minute ferry with BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove where the Bowen Island ferry terminal is. You can either take your car, your bike, or go on as a foot passenger.
Ferries to Bowen Island leave roughly once an hour but you can see the full Bowen Island ferry schedule here. Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure otherwise you won’t be allowed to board and will have to wait for the next one. Bowen Island ferry times change depending on the season so make sure to check in advance.
The Bowen Island ferry cost depends on whether you’re driving, walking on or cycling. Per passenger, the ferry costs $10.45 in winter (usually around $12.50 in summer). It’s about $30 for a car (again, slightly more in summer) from Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island. A journey for two of you in a car will cost around $60. The ferry is free from Bowen Island to Vancouver so it’s not too expensive. Expect queues if you’re travelling in the summer or nice weekends.
Also, if you’re a BC local, I highly recommend getting the BC Ferries Experience Card as this will save you a lot of money on your BC Ferries Bowen Island sailings!
Bowen Island water taxi
The Bowen Island taxi boat costs $20 one way, $40 return. It goes from Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver to Snug Cove on weekdays.
On weekends between May long weekend and Labor Day in September, you can also go from Granville Island to Bowen Island by water taxi.
See the full Bowen Island water taxi schedule and details here.