Field Trip to Bowen Island

“FieldTrips” is either a day trip or a few days where I visit food areas of interest which may include farm visits, producers, wineries, restaurants and/or other places that people can visit. This is about offering Vancouver Foodster readers a chance to get out of town and take a “Field Trip” for the day or a few days to explore, learn, taste and experience.

Field Trip to Bowen Island

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I revisited Bowen Island recently, one of the best ways to get to Bowen for a day or afternoon trip would be to drive and leave your car in the parking lot at Horeshoe Bay or take the bus to the terminal. Take the BC Ferry as a walk on passenger ($12.10 roundtrip for adults) or if you feel the need to have your car with you then you can drive on the ferry with your car (extra cost for the car). Alternatively you can take the English Bay Launch service which is for passengers only to Bowen Island ($8 one way) from either Granville Island or Coal Harbour. Once on the board the BC Ferry for the 20 minute voyage to Bowen Island, you will find a cafeteria, washrooms and seats both inside and outside or if you go on the English Bay Launch Service (it is a water taxi with no services on board).

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I walked on the ferry as my plans were to eat and walk around Snug Cove rather than drive around the island on this visit. Once I arrived in Snug Cove, I walked a mere 100 feet to have lunch at Shika Provisions.

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Chicken Rice Bowl

Chicken Rice Bowl

Matcha Mochi

Matcha Mochi

Pork Taco Rice Bowl

Pork Taco Rice Bowl

The restaurant which is housed on the pier next to the ferry dock is quaint with it’s open kitchen, wooden bench seating for a few people, it’s best to sit outside in the shared wooden picnic tables. I had the Chicken Rice Bowl with black sesame sauce, cabbage, tomatoes and other goodness along with one of the Matcha Mochi sweets. My friend Marco had the Pork Taco Rice Bowl and a Chocolate Mochi sweet.

Shika Provisions

400 Bowen Island Trunk Road

Bowen Island, British Columbia

(604) 679-3745

Twitter @ShikaBowen

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Iced Americano

Iced Americano

 Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

Next stop was pretty much next door to indulge in Lime and the Moon Pie Co. for some dessert. The all organic pie shop features savoury and sweet pies by the whole or by the slice. We each had an Iced Americano in a jar which is made with Bowen Island Coffee, sitting on the dock overlooking the boats! I also had a slice of the delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with chocolate crust served with vanilla cream, all home-made. My friend Marco had a slice of the Strawberry Pie with vanilla ice cream.

Lime and Moon Pie Co

400 Bowen Island Trunk Road

Bowen Island, British Columbia

(604) 889-6426

Twitter @limeandmoon

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We then went for a 1 km walk to Artisan Square which took about 15-20 minutes towards the center of the island with a visit to Cocoa West Chocolatier in mind. I discovered a quaint centre featuring art galleries, a gym, shops as well as some cafes.

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Selection of Chocolates

Selection of Chocolates

Cocoa West Chocolatier

Artisan Square

Bowen Island, BC

  1. 947. 2996

Twitter @CocoaWestBC

Cocoa West Chocolatier has been making their handcrafted organic, fair trade chocolates and truffles for many years, along with chocolate bars, hot chocolates they have milkshakes as well. I had a few of their chocolates which included their Toast and Jam, Domino and Black Coffee which I ate on the journey back home.

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Inside the Artisan Square we discovered another eatery, Artisan Eats which you may want to try if you have more time during your visit. On the return walk to the ferry we learned of a shortcut trail, making the walk so much easier.

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Stay tuned for my next Field Trip outside of Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak