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Flora, fashion & fine arts

featuring handmade artisan crafts, art galleries, unique shops & more

Duration: approximately 3.5 hours
Walking Distance: 1 km approximately to Artisan Square (2 km return)
Difficulty: Moderate – the hill up to Artisan Square is fairly steep. We will walk slowly, but this still may not be appropriate for everyone.
Start: Snug Cove – Visitor Info Centre
End: Artisan Square
$59 adults
$49 seniors and students
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Bowen Island is a culturally-rich community, many artists, musicians, writers and performers call this emerald island home. Artisan Square, perched on the side of Cates Hill, is a collection of art galleries, unique stores and delicious edibles. On this guided walk you will enjoy a forest path and learn a little bit about Bowen’s colourful past. When you arrive at Artisan Square you will be rewarded with stunning views of Howe Sound and your tour guide will introduce you to the different art galleries and unique shops – from handmade gifts to exquisite cashmere clothing. For your enjoyment, this tour includes one organic chocolate from renowned chocolatier Cocoa West. Once the tour is complete, you can choose to stay longer at Artisan Square, perhaps to enjoy a meal at Artisan Eats, or you can choose to return to Snug Cove with your guide.

If you cannot make one of our regularly-scheduled tours, Bowen Island Tours also offers private and group tours. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs and preferences.

Bus Tour Arts & Shops

featuring handmade artisan crafts, art galleries, unique shops & more

Duration: approximately 2.5 hours
Start: Sung Cove – library
End: Snug Cove
$49 adults
$39 seniors and concession
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This is the more relaxing version of our popular Flora, fashion & fine arts tour. Enjoy all of Artisan Square’s unique shops, galleries and dining options and on weekends this tour includes a short visit to one of Bowen Island’s most popular destinations and natural landmarks, Killarney Lake.

This tour is also available for private or group bookings. Please contact us to discuss your specific preferences.


Things you should know:

  • Please wear good, comfortable walking shoes, such as runners, as you will be walking on mixed and uneven surfaces that may include trails with roots, rocks, and potentially other tripping hazards.
  • The Flora, fashion & fine arts tour includes a fairly step hill up to Artisan Square – some people consider it a hike. We will walk up the hill slowly, but this is still physically demanding and not suitable for all individuals. Please join one of our more relaxing bus tours if your current physical fitness level does not accommodate this demand.
  • Tours run rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring appropriate gear if necessary, such as an umbrella.
  • Tours do not include meals or refreshments. However, we will visit a restaurant where you may dine or pick up a snack.
  • Each tour includes one sample organic chocolate from Cocoa West chocolatier. Yummy!
  • If you miss your ferry or arrive late for the scheduled departure time, you may not be able to join the tour. Please meet your guide 5-10 minutes prior to the designated start time. Please note that refunds are not available if you miss the tour. Sorry.
  • Tours require a minimum number of participants. Your ticket will be refunded or transferred to another date if the minimum number of participants for a specific tour is not met. We will give you 48-hour notice of any tour cancellations.
  • We understand that sometimes plans change. We will endeavor to accommodate changes to your tour booking, but refunds or tour rescheduling requires a minimum of 3 days notice. Please contact Jody via, email, phone or text, to discuss any cancellations or rescheduling.
  • This tour is also available as a private or group tour. Please contact us to discuss details and your specific needs.
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