|Got d' Fever at the Union Steamship Co. Marina|
We headed out on April 13th from Vancouver on a cold wet day, dressed in full raingear so as not to get completely soaked while handling lines and fenders. After topping off with fuel, we made the short two-hour voyage into Howe Sound, arriving at Snug Cove on Bowen Island around 3pm.
Similar to our Bainbridge
and Whidbey Islands, Bowen Island is within easy reach for Vancouverites by Ferry
from Horseshoe Bay, just northwest of Vancouver. We were glad that the following day was warm
and sunny because the scenery from Snug Cove is magical.
We also like the adorable village here, consisting
of boardwalks with boutiques, cafes, pubs, a bakery, and a grocery store all
within easy walking distance from the Union Steamship Marina.
It was Captain Jack Cates who first started a
resort here in 1902 and created the Terminal Steamship Company. In 1920, Jack’s steamship and resort business was
sold to the Union Steamship Company who built a bigger store and expanded the
hotel. The Company owned and operated 180 cottages, six picnic grounds, an outdoor concert stage, and a dance pavilion for 800. Steamships carried visitors to the island for picnics or cottage holidays.
Even today Snug Cove offers resort-style
accommodations and retains its magic island appeal. Surrounding the village and marina is the
Crippen Regional Park with numerous hiking trails. We spent part of an
afternoon hiking one of the loop trails past a small waterfall.
When we returned to the boat, the resident Swan
was waiting for us, apparently anticipating a handout of breadcrumbs.
|Snow Capped Mountains seen from Bowen Island|
|Shops at Snug Cove, Bowen Island|
|Attractive Boardwalks and Shops at Snug Cove|
|Got d' Fever at Snug Cove Village, Bowen Island|
|Resident Swan visits Got d' Fever|