Distance From Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay Ferry
About 20 kilometers via Lions Gate Bridge. Ferry
trip to Bowen Island - 25 minutes one way. Trip frequency - about once an hour
from early morning to late evening (with a break of several hours in the
Views of the nature and other ferries,
modern-looking interior and exterior (Queen of Capilano ferry), cafe
available on board, lots of room on a mid-morning weekday run,
comfortable waiting room at the Horseshoe Bay Terminal.
Of note: Rather
steep ticket price (over $41 for a vehicle and a driver return fare).
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
for Bowen Island: Page 10 (Gibsons)
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
Bowen Island Official
We took this ferry trip to get to Bowen Island, where we hiked Gardner Mountain (described
in the next trip report). But the ferry ride was remarkable on its own.
Great views and an interesting experience await intrepid ferry takers.
Here we go:
20. Now we are on the upper
deck, where there are benches for you to sit on. Life jackets are inside
the benches. BC Ferries flag (left) and the Province of British Columbia
flag (right) were flapping in the wind.
British Columbia Flag and BC Ferries Flag on Queen of Capilano
21. A closer look at the BC
BC Ferries Flag
22. The side of the upper deck.
The escape floats are inside those blue tubes.
Queen of Capilano Ferry Upper Deck British Columbia Canada
23. In the meanwhile, we are
approaching Bowen Island.
Approaching Bowen Island BC Canada
24. It is getting closer...
Approaching Snug Cove on Bowen Island British Columbia Canada
25. And here it is. Snug Cove
Snug Cove Ferry Terminal
Here is Our Video of Approaching
Snug Cove Ferry Terminal:
26. Twenty five minutes after
boarding Queen of Capilano, we are driving off the ferry en route to
Gardner Mountain hiking trail (described in
the next trip report).
Driving off Queen of Capilano Ferry on Bowen Island BC Canada
27. After the hiking trip,
mindful of a Bowen Island bylaw prohibiting sleeping in vehicles on the
street, we are driving back to the terminal to wait for a return ferry.
Road Approaching Snug Cove Ferry Terminal
28. The first vehicle in the
line-up has to wait here.
Stop Sign for Vehicles Waiting for Queen of Capilano Ferry on
Bowen Island British Columbia Canada
29. We had time to explore the
nearby area. Here is a house boat near the terminal.
Photo of House Boat Bowen Island British Columbia Canada
30. There are also several
eateries nearby. Taco connoisseurs rejoice!
Taco Eatery near Snug Cove Terminal Bowen Island British Columbia
31. Snug Cove Ferry Terminal.
There was no waiting area that we could see, but there are washrooms
Snug Cove Ferry Terminal
32. Time to go back.
BC Ferry Queen of Capilano
33. Leaving Bowen Island. Good
Leaving Bowen Island on Queen of Capilano
34. How about this one.
View from BC Ferry Queen of Capilano
View from Queen of Capilano
36. Approaching Horseshoe Bay
Approaching Horseshoe Bay Terminal on Queen of Capilano Ferry
37. Harbour Air seaplane was
waiting to take off.
Harbour Air Seaplane by Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal
38. Almost there.
Approaching Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in BC Ferry Queen of Capilano
39. And off we go.
To summarize, it is a very
scenic ferry ride, on a comfortable ferry. You can minimize the cost by
not taking a car, but then you would need to take transit to get to
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