Happy Monday friends. Since it's summer and we're doing lots of exploring around the city you're getting an extra edition of The Vancouver Chronicles this month...good times!
Yesterday we decided to explore Bowen Island. Shamefully, we've lived in Vancouver for 2 years and haven't been. It's not accessible by car but only a 20 minute ferry ride away and you're there. You can bring your car on the ferry but we decided to leave the car and bring the bikes.
Bowen Island is a teensy little island that's only 6 km long by 12 km wide but is home to over 4,000 permanent residents and an additional 1,500 in the summer. Some of those permanent residents commute daily by ferry to work or school. How fun is that? It definitely has a laid back, yesteryear kind of feel to it.
The bulk of our day was spent exploring the bike and hike trails in Crippen Park.
We came across a forest of birch trees which are my very favourite tree and not often found in massive groups like this. I couldn't resist sharing this photo. Please indulge me!
After our ride we headed to one of the many, many beaches on the island. Ice cream and this view is definitely not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
There's a teensy little strip of shops and restaurants that includes a mix of a funky taco stand, what appeared to be a fine dining-ishItalian restaurant, fish and chips and a cute looking pub with an amazing jazz singer who was pumping out the tunes for us to enjoy as we wandered around.
If you're looking for a respite from the city then overall, I'd have to say that it's a pretty decent way to spend a Sunday afternoon.