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>Closer to the Life of the Sea: Kayaking Bowen Island

Posted October 1, 2010

Owning a property at the Cape on Bowen is about immersing oneself in island life –embracing all of the natural beauty that this scenic island has to offer.  And in this marine community, kayaking is one of the most enjoyable ways to do just that.

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking
Tucked next to the ferry terminal in Snug Cove, is the island’s kayaking headquarters. It offers kayak rentals, lessons and guided tours for individuals or groups

But the ultimate launch for residents of The Cape is Tunstall Bay. From the waters of Tunstall Bay, The Cape’s extensive shoreline and lush landscape is yours to witness – it’s the ideal viewpoint to your island estate, your oceanfront property, and the iconic Cape Roger Curtis Lighthouse. Here, you can launch right off of your own oceanfront.

And nowhere is The Cape’s aspiration toward harmony with the natural environment more apparent than from these shimmering green-blue waters. Admire from afar the trail system that connects the oceanfront community as you glide along in your kayak. Paddle alongside sea lions, porpoises and whales, or release your own crab trap into the depths below. It’s an island adventure that is yours to define.

Regardless of where you choose to launch, there are plenty of different routes to take. Just read on.

Pasley Island Tour
Leaving from Tunstall Bay on the west side of the island, this tour takes paddlers through the eight islands that make up the Pasley Island archipelago. The wildlife is something else around Pasley Island. Paddle among the sea lions, otters and whales – but don’t forget to keep your eye out for eagles and blue herons. Bring your snorkeling gear too. You’ll be able to pull up to some of island’s beaches for a swim or snorkel.

Intensity level: medium

Round Bowen Weekend
Viewing the island from the ocean is a rare and distinct experience. The Round Bowen Weekend is a two-day paddling tour around Bowen’s coastline, complete with a night at a B&B. If you’re feeling up to it, you can pair your kayaking excursion with a hike. The Killarney Lake Trail is an easy two-hour, five-kilometer trek.

Intensity level: medium

Keats & Gambier Island Tours
Why not take the time to explore Bowen’s neighbouring islands? Leaving from Tunstall Bay, you can choose to head to toward Keats’ to lose yourself in the island’s thick forests. Gambier’s Halkett Bay is another adventurous full-day paddle, which usually starts from the Snug Cove launch.

Intensity level: medium

Sunset & Evening Paddle
Between August and September, a profusion of algae adds a beautiful glimmer to the water around Bowen. In the evening, this gleam is accentuated by the moon’s glow, which makes it the best time to watch the moon rise over the water on a Sunset & Evening Paddle.

Intensity level: easy

These are a few options to get started, but of course, the possibilities are nearly endless, and many of them take you around neighbouring islands. As a resident at The Cape, you could be experiencing this kind of activity from the privacy of your oceanfront estate everyday – and find your own secret coves.