Killarney Creek Trails

Bowen Island, British Columbia

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Most of us are susceptible to the magic of islands, needing only the shortest of voyages to awaken the explorer in us. Bowen Island, a mere twenty-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, has been beguiling visitors for hundreds of years. First came the Squamish people to hunt and fish in the summer, building a smokehouse and dwellings in what is now Snug Cove. Inevitably they were followed by explorers, settlers, miners and loggers. In the early 1900s a new era in island history began when Captain John Cates, and later the Union Steamship Company, regularly ferried thousands of pleasure-seekers to disport themselves in the tearooms, dance pavilions, hotels and picnic grounds of Snug Cove. Today Bowen is a quieter place, dedicated to preserving its island environment. While the welcome is still warm, and visitors may stroll through the craft shops and partake of home baking in the restaurants, most are there to explore the parks and beaches and surrender to the island tempo. Highlights: Forest, lake, meadow; Snug Cove, Deep Bay lagoon, fish ladder; western red cedars; waterfowl, kingfishers. Terrain: Mostly flat. Forest and meadow trails, road.
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Nature Walks Around Vancouver

by Jean Cousins (Greystone Books)

Most of us are susceptible to the magic of islands, needing only the shortest of voyages to awaken the explorer in us. Bowen Island, a mere twenty-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, has been beguiling visitors for hundreds of years. First came the Squamish people to hunt and fish in the summer, building a smokehouse and dwellings in what is now Snug Cove. Inevitably they were followed by explorers, settlers, miners and loggers.

In the early 1900s a new era in island history began when Captain John Cates, and later the Union Steamship Company, regularly ferried thousands of pleasure-seekers to disport themselves in the tearooms, dance pavilions, hotels and picnic grounds of Snug Cove. Today Bowen is a quieter place, dedicated to preserving its island environment. While the welcome is still warm, and visitors may stroll through the craft shops and partake of home baking in the restaurants, most are there to explore the parks and beaches and surrender to the island tempo. Highlights: Forest, lake, meadow; Snug Cove, Deep Bay lagoon, fish ladder; western red cedars; waterfowl, kingfishers. Terrain: Mostly flat. Forest and meadow trails, road.

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Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Bowen Island
Distance: 2.75
Trail Type: Several options
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Crippen Regional Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Killarney Creek Trails

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May 2018