Bowen Island Trail Map

Bowen Island Trail Map 2017-08-19T01:11:35+00:00

We make no claims about the accuracy of this map, as it is a work in progress and we have several sources of map data that don’t always match. Please always let someone know where you’re going, and follow safety advice.

Shared trail (hike, bike, horses)
Bike trail (bike, hike)
Hiking only (no bikes or horses)
Deer trail (may be hard to follow)
Roadside trail or shoulder
Trail on private land (no access)
Dirt road
Gravel Road


Municipal park

Provincial park

Crown land

Nature reserve

Private land

Note: when using search box always include ‘bowen island bc’ or you’ll search the whole world. Results vary in usefulness.

BowenTrails is an online map with features to spark discovery of our pathways, history and nature. It works on a mobile phone, so it’s available wherever you can pick up a cell signal. We also feature PDFs for those areas where the cell doesn’t work.

A second feature of the BowenTrails project is the Trail Marker program, a series of small signs with QR codes to scan with your cell phone to bring up pages for site-specific content. For an example, see the Sandy Beach Heritage slideshow.

We plan to create a heritage walk people can follow using the signs and web-based content, a new way for people to delve into the trove of imagery and stories managed by the Bowen Museum and Archives and the Bowen Historians.

We also benefit from a liaison with the Bowen Island Rotary Club, who have shared trail data and their series of colourful printed maps. So we have PDF maps you can download of certain trails – a good idea if you may walk out of cellphone range.

We’d like to know what you think – what’s missing from the map or needs to be corrected, and if it has helped you find out a little bit more about our island home.


The Bowen Virtual Heritage Trail is a route with several stops in a circle around the Snug Cove area. At each stop you can access tons of photos and highlights from Bowen’s history on your phone, tablet or computer. This development of this digital presentation is supported both financially with a grant and with content by the Bowen Island Heritage Preservation Association  based on their original walking tour pamphlet. Also the Bowen Island Museum and Archives generously provided many photographs.


Teacher Jeff Teed and the student of Montroyal Elementary School in North Vancouver have completed a series of websites about animals that live on or around Bowen Island. We’ve collected them here – 12 sites within a site. 


We’re pleased to announce that Tourism Bowen Island has been awarded a provincial grant, which they’ve earmarked for the QR Trail Marker program.

With help from Tom Carchrae we have now upgraded the map so that it can show your location.  Tom is also the main creator of BowenLift, an app to help people get around Bowen Island.

Pending approval by Council, we hope to put about ten more of the small signs around the Snug Cove area to create a heritage walk. Each stop will feature photos and stories about our past. You can view the first one for Sandy Beach already. Many thanks to MLA Jordan Sturdy who made the grant happen, as well as Murray Atherton and his crew at Tourism Bowen Island.

photo of three otters cuddling

Like it? Hike it!

Bowen Island Rotary Club

Welcome to the Island of Walks!

This guide is a local initiative to show both visitors and residents of Bowen Island the amazing variety of walks that the island has to offer. All the walks described are on public property and many have signs and/or arrows. We have made our maps as accurate as possible but please rely on your common sense!

In the trail notes, we haven’t mentioned the flora and fauna encountered on each walk unless there is something exceptional to note, as here on the West coast, you are sure to see ferns and salal beside the paths with some exceptional mosses and fungi, and a mixture of maple, alder, cedar, old- and new-growth Douglas fir and hemlock around you on almost every walk.


You will probably see ravens, crows, herons, gulls and eagles including turkey vultures circling above, and nearer eye level maybe an owl, pileated woodpeckers at work on rotten trunks, geese and ducks on the water, finches and various other smaller birds in the bushes.

It is likely you will see some deer, and if you are lucky an otter, and very early in the morning maybe a beaver at work on a dam on a creek. Usually there are no bears, cougars, coyotes or any other major predators on the island, but from time to time they do make the trip.

Gearing Up

We suggest the following:

1. Wear good hiking shoes or runners, or in the summer, good hiking sandals.

2. Come prepared with a cell phone (although cell phone access is spotty on the island), a sweater and rain cover if the weather looks at all doubtful. Carry a snack and water. A hat is advisable in the summer, plus mosquito protection and sunscreen. In the winter, wear a good fleece, gloves and a tuque.

3. Dogs must be leashed on most trails and beaches.

4. This island is not flat, so most walks include hills, some steeper than others. This means that during rainy periods or immediately after, some of the steep trails become waterfalls!

An icon for maps, and a spotty looking square design - which is the QR code. Beneath is a type URL.

This interactive map shows the main hiking trails and parks on Bowen Island. The data comes from Bowen Municipality, the Bowen Rotary Club, the Province of BC, and other open sources. We hope it will help you find new paths to explore. The trail notes were written by members of the Bowen Island Rotary Club, for their printed trail map. Though these interactive maps work anywhere you can get a cell signal or wireless, it’s not a bad idea to download the PDF maps from the Rotary Club so that even without a signal you can see the routes. You’ll find links to them sprinkled throughout the site, or you can find them all in one place on the Rotary Maps page. is a growing community project. Our future plans include creating fully interactive maps as well, with feature information, virtual trail markers and other goodies. Let us know what you think at [email protected].