Killarney Lake

Bowen Island, British Columbia V0N 1G0

Killarney Lake

Killarney Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Enhanced by a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, Crippen Regional Park on Bowen Island offers activities to suit the whole family: a stroll through the village of Snug Cove, or along the causeway by the lagoon; a picnic by the harbour; a brisk climb to Dorman Point; or the circular walk including Killarney Lake described here. Brochures are available at the kiosk outside the Union Steamship Company Store on Government Road."

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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."

"Bowen Island feels like a simpler place than the rest of Metro Vancouver, and that starts with walking off the ferry ahead of the cars.

Tranquil Killarney Lake is at the island’s quiet heart. Here, a mostly flat, easy amble circuits the lake on a well-established forest trail. You can walk to the trailhead from the ferry terminal and also get in a few interesting sights like a salmon hatchery, a fish ladder, and a giant Douglas fir nicknamed Opa."

"Since this gem-like stretch of water is on Bowen Island, you must reach it from the mainland by B.C. Ferries from Horseshoe Bay, a short trip but satisfying in itself, with the mountains of Howe Sound for company. Killarney Lake Loop Trail to begin your walk along the lake. Though you are mainly in forest the ground drops away to the left, giving glimpses of the lake with the Mount Gardner massif behind. Then, finally, after a detour to a particularly clear viewpoint, you reach marshy ground at the far end of the lake crossed by an attractive boardwalk.

Now on the lake’s west side, you turn south, regaled by the sight of water plants and birds. By lake’s end a road and your track are virtually side by side; however, your route soon turns off left towards a picnic area by the dam that reveals the lake’s artificiality."

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Bowen Island
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Allow 3 hours
Good all year

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Oct 2018