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Happy Isle Revisited

a history walk with a little bit of nature, too

Duration: 90-120 minutes
Walking Distance: 1.5 km approximately
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: ticket prices include donation to museums 
$25.00 adult
$19.00 seniors
$12.00 youth, ages 8 – 16
$6.00 children, ages 4 – 7
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Once upon a time and not so long ago Bowen Island was known as Vancouver’s Playground, the Lovely Isle, the Pleasure Garden, the Happy Isle and many other terms of endearment. Steamships brought day-trippers and picnic parties by the thousands to enjoy Bowen Island’s natural beauty, beaches and tourist amenities, including a resort hotel and vacation cabins. On a busy summer weekend as many as 5,000 people – young and old- would arrive on Bowen Island with one object in mind: to have a good time. So you can imagine what went down!

On this guided history walk you will explore some of Bowen’s fun-filled past and natural charms. Using historical photographs displayed on an iPad we will retrace the footsteps and features of the resort days. This tour visits Bowen Island’s Museum, Davies Heritage Orchard and two historical cabins filled with period pieces.

Things you should know:

  • Please wear good walking shoes, such as runners, as you will be walking on mixed and uneven surfaces, trails with roots, rocks, and potentially other tripping hazards.
  • Tours run rain or shine so please wear appropriate clothing. It is really quite lovely to walk in a forest when it is raining, as long as you are dressed for it.
  • This tour begins and ends at the Visitor Information Centre, 432 Cardena.
  • Please note: that given the walking distance and tour length, this walk may not be appropriate for young children.
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