Posted: Thu Sep 29 00:01:00 UTC 2022


Thank goodness the Covid pandemic is in our rearview mirror. The years of stalled improvements are behind us, and we have finally completed our Lazy Bowen Hideaway bathroom renovation. 

Gratefully we completed the renovation this February 2022. We can now boast that what used to be a functional but aging bathroom is fresh, new, and practical for our guests. 

original 1980's bathroom

  • tub removed and replaced with a walk in shower
  • rain shower head
  • hand held shower
  • heated tile floors
  • glass shower walls (not shown but are installed now)
  • all new Brizo fixtures for the vanity and shower
  • larger and more with diffused privacy glass
  • new custom vanity 
  • bright led dimmable lighting throughout
  • under vanity night light

The trailside bedroom is quiet and cozy, but it was rather dark in its original color palette. We hired a talented local artist to paint out the 1980s oak Murphy bed to a fresh and bright white. We like the cheerfulness and still enjoy the warmth of the cedar ceiling. 

Original dark oak 1980s Murphy bed
It only took a couple of guests to express their concern about the new Stearns and Foster plush (and expensive) mattress for us to make a change. I agree that a good night's sleep is essential for all our guests. Although every guest has a different comfort level which can be difficult to please, but we think we have the solution...........

The Seaside bedroom has a Tuft & Needle queen-size mattress with an added gel topper, our 6th Tuft & Needle mattress purchase... that's a lot. We think they are the perfect compromise for all guests... firm and yet plush on the top. Our guests love the new mattress. 


We replaced the chairs with ottomans with more weatherproof and comfortable Adirondack chairs from Costco—no more wet cushions. 


Posted: Thu Mar 24 00:58:00 UTC 2022

Providing our guests the best experience possible is the goal of Bowen Island Accommodations. As our goals align, we are happy to work with Charles McNeill, the Eastman Waterfront Cottage owner.

Last August 2021, Charles and I sat down and talked about how to make the Eastman Waterfront Cottage even better. Armed with guest feedback, we created an action list, and Charles has been working on that list to make the Cottage the best it can be.   


We believe that our guests will love the new Casper QUEEN mattresses in both bedrooms. They will replace the double bed (only little tiny couples sleep in double beds anymore) and the two twin beds. After studying our groups of guests, we believe this will be more comfortable for all our families and couples. 

The latest feedback from guests is that they agree......THE NEW BEDS ARE EXCEPTIONALLY COMFORTABLE.  

What to do if 3 guests want to sleep in separate beds? We have the sofa bed in the living room that we can provide bedding, and we just need to have advance notice. 


Beautiful and classy stoneware has replaced the Corelle plates. In addition, newly updated jam-jar glasses. A mixture of contemporary style with retro 50s influence.  

Credit to Hyunjoo Lee for the beautiful food displayed on the new stoneware. 

Follow Hyunjoo's  Instagram/Dr. Girinssem to see more of her gorgeous and delicious plant-based food creations. 


We are now providing fresh coffee beans for your first pot of coffee (and a bit more) if you might have forgotten to bring your favorite brew.  

You will find a canister filled with Kirkland House Blend Medium Roast coffee beans. Freshly grind them for your first cup and enjoy. The House Blend is not too strong and not too weak.........but just right. 

Making a good pot of coffee requires good water.....There is no need to bring along bottles of water; the Eastman Cottage has the best Alkaline drinking water on tap. In addition, we provide a generous amount of beans, a coffee grinder, and a drip coffee maker with filters.

Do you wish to have a single cup? We also have a small French Press.  

Of course, we don't claim to satisfy all coffee connoisseurs, but we think we can provide you with a tasty alternative in a pinch. 

One of the areas we are still attempting to problem solve is the teeny-tiny bathroom shower and the curtain surrounding the shower. We value our guest's feedback, and we are hunting for an alternative that will make for a better shower experience. 

Charles has been exploring glass shower walls to replace the curtain. But the shower only measures 24" x 26", which is too small to maneuver inside. Can you imagine trying to bend over to pick up that bar of soap? 

We are still challenging our brains for a creative solution that will improve the space and satisfy most. 

As of Fall 2020, the Bowen Island Municipality passed approval for stand-alone homes to be legally rented as vacation rentals. It is a win-win for the homeowners as well as the neighbours.  

As a traveler, you need to be aware that we are licenced for 4 guests only and limited to 120 nights of rental per year. The limited nights create a considerable demand, so reserve your stay early to get your preferred dates. Don't miss out!!!

Tips plus video on how to build a cozy wood fire this winter.

Posted: Thu Nov 19 01:30:00 UTC 2020

Most of our properties have air-tight, fireplace inserts, or freestanding wood stoves, providing cozy and efficient heat for the properties during our rainy off-season, October through April. The air-tight fireplaces are an alternative way to heat the properties saving on electric usage. Plus, with the right fire, an efficient burn then spews less smoke outside, making for better air quality.

For our October through April guests* ~ Watch our How to Build a Fire video for tips on how to burn efficiently and make the most of your wood allotment.
*no wood burning is allowed May through September.

  • Lazy Bowen Hideaway - fireplace insert
  • The Lazy B Waterfront Suite - freestanding wood stove 
  • Eastman Waterfront Cottage - freestanding wood stove
  • Eastman Waterfront Retreat - fireplace insert

    Since most of our guests come from the city (me included), most will benefit from the tips below on building an efficient fire. The goal is to have it burn at the right temperature, not too hot and not too cold..... "just right," says Goldilocks. A too-hot fire will send the heat up the flue and burn the firewood too quickly. A fire too cool will smoke, leaving creosote in the chimney and pollute the surrounding air. 

    The fireplace inserts are an efficient way to heat the house, supplementing the electric baseboard heaters. In fact, the new Lazy Bowen Hideaway insert reduced electricity usage by 25%. 

    STEP 1: Open the damper wide open. The above picture is the Hideaway insert. Other damper controls will vary. 

    STEP 2: Starting with the first fire, light the newspaper, and let it flame up. This will warm the flue and help get a good draft for your fire.  Watch for it to start to burn the kindling and then the larger wood below. 

    STEP 3: Once you see that the larger pieces of wood have a good burn, start to slide the damper control toward the closed position. You want to restrict the airflow into the insert to create a hot and slow burn.   

    STEP 4: When you have a good hot coal base, and your smaller pieces of wood have burned down, add another large piece of wood to the fire. Each log will last about 2-3 hours when burned properly.  

    Always secure the door in the closed position.

    NOTE: MY EXPERIENCE IS THAT THE DAMPER OPENING IS OPTIMAL WHEN IT IS SLID JUST TO THE RIGHT OF CENTER.   The goal is to have hot red embers with blue flames on the logs, as pictured above.

    THE FIRE IS TOO HOT WHEN THERE IS A LOT OF YELLOW FLAMES— You do not want yellow flames. The wood will burn too quickly, which isn't efficient. Slide the damper control toward the closed position to restrict the air flow, and then monitor the fire.  

    TOO SMOKIE—this means the damper is too closed, and the fire isn't getting enough air. Inch the damper control back toward the open position in small increments to add more air to the fire.

    There is a fine line to balance the efficient burn of your cozy fire.   


    The Weaver Waterfront Cottage Is Permanently Closed

    Posted: Fri Jun 07 22:06:00 UTC 2019


    Vacation Rental Regulations Coming to Bowen Island

    Posted: Fri May 31 23:26:00 UTC 2019

    Guests, we urgently need your help...
    As a frequent Bowen Island visitor, we urgently need your voice to be heard! The Bowen Island Municipality is in the process of regulating Vacation Rentals on Bowen Island... 

    Restrictive regulations are being considered which may impact your next stay on Bowen Island.

    • Restricting Whole Houses as Vacation Rentals.  BIA only rents whole houses.  Would you be willing to rent a room in someone's home?  
    • Restricting Vacation Rentals to 120 days per year. BIA currently offers STVRs year-round to support Bowen businesses during the high season and offseason. On average we rent over 260 nights per year allowing you to get away all year long.  
    • Restricting Vacation Rentals to primary residences only. BIA rents ALL and ONLY vacation homes, none are primary residences. This regulation would end our STVR service to you, our guests. 

    Please take the STVR survey here

    Bowen Island Municipality has launched a Short-Term Rental Policy Project as they consider moving forward with regulations for short-term rentals.

    This process involves several steps, including the opportunity for the public to weigh in via online survey and in-person consultations.

    It is vitally important the municipality hears from Bowen Visitors such as yourselves.

    Have your say!
    • Complete the online survey -- open until June 23 -- here.
    • Participate at the public house on short-term rentals happening June 6 (more details are here).
    Again, your participation is crucial to the process of ensuring fair, flexible and easy-to-follow rules for short-term rentals in Bowen Island.

    Thank you for your Short Term Rental Support!


    Short Term Not Short-Sighted: Vacation Rentals on Bowen Island

    Why we believe vacation rentals are important to Bowen. . . 

    Restrictions on short-term vacation rentals (STVR) are becoming more common in municipalities across BC. While there are some concerns many of these municipalities have in common, such as housing and regulatory issues, it's important to consider the many factors around this complicated issue before assuming that restricting vacation rentals will have the same effect in all locales, let alone a beneficial effect. Bowen Island is a unique case, and it's likely that restricting short-term rentals here won't solve the housing problem, but certainly will limit tourist dollars and employment opportunities. Read More Here...

    Why all the ado about short-term rental regulations?

    The municipality has started consultations for long expected short-term rental regulations for Bowen. 

    Panoramic ocean views taken by cameras suspended over the island's edge or awnings poking out of overgrown greenery greet potential visitors browsing Bowen's AirBnB listings. One can rent an entire cottage on the sea and escape to the Happy Isle like thousands did during the Union Steamship days. Problem is, many or most of these listings are illegal. Read More Here...

    Thank you for supporting Bowen Island Accommodations and Tourism on Bowen Island.  

    Ensure your voice is heard! Take the survey before it closes on June 23rd. 

    Arrange Your Transportation to Bowen Island Before Landing at YVR

    Posted: Sun Feb 17 00:28:00 UTC 2019

    Vancouver International Airport to Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island, British Columbia
    So, the plane has landed at YVR Airport, and you're excited about arriving at your beautiful Bowen Island vacation rental. Adventure and relaxation await. Now, how to get from Vancouver International Airport to Bowen Island?

    If you're planning important travel details on-the-fly, as you leave the plane, you're risking the vacation you have been looking forward to, and that you have invested money on. So much can go wrong, if left up to chance.

    Be Prepared – don't leave your travel arrangements up to chance.

    The Bowen Island Ferry schedule determines all comings and goings to and from the Mainland. It is important to note that the ferry crosses Georgia Strait approximately once every hour. The first ferry departs Horseshoe Bay (HSB) at 5:50 am and the last at 10 pm. The ferry schedule is seasonal and should be consulted for all sailing times and possible service notices.

    Important ferry FAQs:
    • 10 pm is the last ferry crossing for the evening. 
    • First come, first aboard; no reservations necessary.
    • Arrive at least 30 minutes before sailing time. If a commuter crossing, you may want to arrive 45 minutes before sailing.
    • Ticket sale cut-off is 10 minutes before the sailing time and fare includes round trip.
    • Consider purchasing an Experience Card if you will be making more than two round trips from Bowen Island to the Mainland. 
    • The Bowen Island Ferry crossing takes 20 minutes. 
    We highly recommend that all of our Bowen Island Accommodation guests rent a vehicle. Renting a vehicle* will simplify transportation from YVR to HSB and traveling around Bowen. Renting a car from Richmond rather than at the airport will save you money. *Ask about AWD vehicle requirements for the Lazy properties. 

    Vancouver International Airport to Bowen Island, British Columbia route 
    Are you renting a car or catching a cab? Arrive at Vancouver airport no later than 7:30 pm.

    Rent a car - It is possible to make the 10 pm ferry with your drive time being approx. 40 – 60 minutes. Renting a car is advantageous especially when driving off the ferry on the Bowen side as you will then have transportation to get you to your accommodation.  Use real-time traffic and mapping from YVR to Snug Cove on Bowen Island.     

    Hiring a Vancouver taxi cab at the airport –Your travel time from the Vancouver Airport to Horseshoe Bay is approximately 40 – 60 minutes during non-commuter hours.  Keep in mind there is no Uber or Lyft in Vancouver.

    Are you using public transportation? Arrive at Vancouver International Airport no later than 6 pm.

    A 6 pm flight arrival or earlier is recommended.  If you are a savvy public transportation traveler with just a carry-on, it is possible to land at 7 pm and make it to the 10 pm ferry.  In all cases, planning ahead of time for your SkyTrain, bus, and ferry connections is essential. 
    First, catch the SkyTrain at YVR Airport Station (Domestic Departures Level 3) and ride from YVR to City Centre Station in downtown Vancouver (SkyTrain service from YVR goes to this station en route to Waterfront Station.) The SkyTrain trip to downtown Vancouver takes approx. 25 minutes.

    Departure times for the SkyTrain between YVR and downtown Vancouver are approx. every 5 minutes throughout the day (slightly reduced service in late PM hours). The service runs between 5:10 am and 1:05 am.
    Get off the SkyTrain at City Centre Station. Once outside the City Centre Station, locate Georgia St and head east toward the Hudson's Bay Company store, cross the street at Georgia and Granville to the north side of Georgia, and board the next #257 Horseshoe Bay Express BusAn additional choice is the 250 Horseshoe Bay bus, which takes about 20 minutes longer than the 257.
    Walk east along Georgia, cross to the north side in front of Hudson's Bay for the 257 stop.

    Ride the #257 Express bus from West Georgia St. across the Lion's Gate Bridge, to its final stop at Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. The ferry waiting rooms are a 10-minute walk from the bus stop and remember that the ferry ticket sale cut-off is 10 minutes before the sailing time. You should also allow for 10 to 15 minutes to wait in line to purchase your ticket, just to be safe. During the busy season with lots of travel to our fair island, lineups can be long.
    Read our past blog post about public transportation, so you are completely informed and organized before stepping off your flight at YVR. 
    Arriving on Bowen Island without a car? (Not recommended)
    Arriving on Bowen without a vehicle will leave you with transportation challenges. Read all about the Bowen transportation options here in our Bowen Guide.
    • Shuttle Bus travel on Bowen is limited to the Lazy Bowen Hideaway and the Lazy B Waterfront Suite.  The last shuttle bus #281 to the Lazy properties leaves Snug Cove at 8:25 pm.
    • NO car rentals, Ubers, or taxis are available on Bowen. (Note the one "Bowen Island taxi" on Bowen runs on Friday and Saturday nights only and is unpredictable. We no longer include the "BI taxi" as a mode of transportation on Bowen.)
    • Evergreen Cottage and Weaver Waterfront Cottage are a 20-minute walking distance from the ferry. The route is uphill, a lightly traveled country road with no sidewalks or street lights. Consider your fitness level, luggage load, the weather and time of arrival; if hiking to and from your accommodations during your stay, keep a flashlight handy for travel after sunset. All other properties are a 60-minute walk from the Cove.
    • Hitchhiking is legal on Bowen and an accepted mode of transportation. Stick your thumb out and put your smile on to get a ride from a local Bowener. Watch for Bowen LIFT signs. 

      Will you miss the last ferry at 10 pm?

      Recommended:  Book a hotel in Vancouver or Horseshoe Bay   

      Murray Atherton, our neighbor, and past Tourism Bowen Island Chair says: "I'd suggest booking the Accent Inn, Holiday Inn, or the Sandman Hotel (not inn) on St. Edwards Drive. All of them offer free airport shuttles. Guests  then could take a taxi or arrange a pick up at the hotel from a car rental agency in Richmond vs. the Airport (a lot cheaper)."

      6588 Royal Ave, West Vancouver 

      10551 St Edwards Dr, Richmond 

      3233 St Edwards Dr, Richmond 
      1 604-303-8888

      10720 Cambie Rd, Richmond 

      Bowen Island Accommodations hopes this will assist our guests with their travel planning from YVR to Bowen Island. If you have questions about transportation, please ask. We want our guests to have a smooth travel experience.  

      Critters of Bowen Island

      Posted: Fri Oct 19 18:18:00 UTC 2018

      A big draw for visitors and residents of Bowen Island is the abundant nature. Everywhere you look is covered in beautiful greenery. Our guests love to escape the concrete and noise of the city for the tranquility of the forest. But not everyone is prepared for all that the natural environment brings with it, i.e. it's fauna inhabitants.

      Here we introduce you to some of the forest residents, a few of whom you may encounter both outside and inside in different seasons, but most of which are happy to stay out of the way of humans.

      Photo by Greg Schecter

      Big critters

      City dwellers may be familiar with the scent of a skunk in the neighbourhood. They usually move on quickly and don't want to interact with humans. Though many folks dislike the misunderstood skunk, they are great at controlling rodent and some insect populations. They are mainly active in the early morning and evening, though can sometimes be seen during the day as well. Look ahead where you're walking and make noise so they hear you; skunks would rather run away than spray.

      Mice and rats are part of all human settlements. You likely won't see these swift critters, but we encourage guests to put their garbage and compost in the correct bins, tightly locked, so as not to attract them as well as crows and ravens who love to make a mess of an unclosed bin.

      Black bear photo by Alan D. Wilson

      We generally don't have bears and cougars on Bowen Island. Once every five years a bear will be sighted, and a cougar once every ten years or so. They make their way from the surrounding coast for a visit, and usually make their way off again in due time.

      Photo by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

      Deer are everywhere on Bowen, and may startle you if they trigger a motion sensor light. Please drive the speed limit (40km/hr on-island, with slower zones in some areas) at all times, as deer will pop out of forests onto the roads. If you see a deer crossing while driving, slow down and look to where they came from, as there may be more in the group intending to cross. Babies are especially hard to see and are not yet used to cars, and sad stories are often shared of finding them on the side of the road as speeding-car-casualties. Please be careful when driving at all times.

      The other populous big critter, besides humans and deer, are of course dogs. In cities people are very good about leashing their dogs and going to dog parks for a romp. However, you'll find that some folks on Bowen are less likely to leash their dogs, even where required by law.

      Crippen Park and Snug Cove are on-leash areas. Crippen does have a fenced in dog park for off-leash play. On municipal property, e.g. Cape Roger Curtis, dogs must be within 3 meters of adult owners and in their control.

      Please follow all leash laws, and pick up your dog's messes. Dog poop goes in the trash, never in the organics bins. And if you are strolling without a dog, don't hesitate to ask others to leash their dogs if you feel afraid or uncomfortable.

      Little Critters

      The charm of staying in cedar-scented wood homes is not lost on carpenter ants. Ants can appear indoors in the spring but pose no harm to humans. We treat our Bowen Island Accommodations homes for carpenter ants and sugar ants yearly, but you may still see a few here and there; we appreciate your patience with their small presence.

      Spiders are around all year, but seem to ramp up their indoor web production in the fall. We realize not every guest appreciates their valuable service in controlling insect populations, so we do our best to remove them to the outdoors and their webs regularly.

      While locals in some areas on Bowen report encountering ticks, others report never having seen a here. However, incidences of Lyme disease, carried by less than 1% of BC ticks, are very low in BC, so with some preventative steps, there is little need for worry. It never hurts to do a tick-check of your body after being outside and in contact with grasses, bushes, and branches, where tricks could drop onto your clothes. If you're doing some serious bush-whacking, tuck in long pants and wear long sleeves, and tie up long hair.

      Photo by Stuart Meek

      Wasps, or yellow jackets, are mostly a bother to humans trying to enjoy a nice outdoor barbecue in the summer, but they do play a vital role in the environment, such as pollinating and preying on other pest insects. We do our best to discourage wasps in and around our homes. Guests can reduce wasp encounters by not leaving sweets and proteins (meats, fish, etc.) lying exposed, as these will attract hungry wasps.

      Photo by Judy Gallagher

      Mosquitos are less of a problem on the breezy waterfront properties. To ensure none come inside, please use screens, where provided, on open windows and doors.


      Of course, there are many other animal species living on Bowen, including eagles, vultures, songbirds, waterfowl, salmon, tree frogs, salamanders, red and flying squirrels, mink, and beautiful butterflies and other insects. Come with field guides and cameras to spot these and more critters as you make your way around Bowen trails.

      We hope this small list of some of the animals of Bowen Island will make you feel prepared for your trip away from the big city and into big nature. Enjoying the outdoors (and indoors) on an island means tolerating, if not appreciating, everyone else who lives here too.

      Catching Stars is Catching Interest: Bowen Island's Newest Art Gallery

      Posted: Fri Jun 15 17:10:00 UTC 2018

      A new art gallery, Catching Stars, has graced Snug Cove, in a brand new building. Bowen Island Accommodations caught up with Emilie Kaplun, who, along with Marie Neys and Pauulet Hohn, started this business togethera seed of an idea that bloomed into full fruition with a soft opening a few weeks back.


      Emilie Kaplun at her new gallery. Photo by Pauulet Hohn

      BIA: How did you three come together with this idea, and how do your backgrounds make this a successful partnership?

      Emilie: We knew that we worked well together having worked on past projects. All 3 of us have previously owned Galleries and have taught creative courses and had the desire to continue our passions of promoting art on Bowen.

      We felt that we each had something unique to offer to the business. Marie Neys with her background in marketing and running galleries, Pauulet with her amazing skills in graphic design, photography and website design, and myself with a history of running my own retail gift shops in Port Stanley, Ontario and Vancouver, and my education in art history and business.

      Emilie Kaplun, Pauulet Hohn, and Marie Neys. Photo by Marilyn Cote-Dupuis

      BIA: What made it the right time to do this project?

      Emilie: The new pub building was being designed with retail spaces underneath, so we jumped at the idea to have a Gallery in such a fantastic location and a brand new building.

      BIA: What makes Catching Stars a unique opportunity for the local artists you've chosen to represent?

      Emilie: We really wanted to offer a space where local artists could have a permanent installation of their artworks to showcase throughout the year to tourists and locals alike.

      Some artists have the opportunity to work in the Gallery and rent their dedicated space. Because artists are often working solo in their studios, we wanted to give them the option to be client-facing and talk about their work and creative process with the public.

      We also wanted to offer an alternative for those who want to focus their efforts and energies being in their studios or who work off island and have busy lives, to simply have their work in the Gallery and we would do the promoting and selling of the work.

      Our mission is to showcase and market local artists' work and get the word out to locals and tourists alike about the amazing creative talent we have on the island. Between our social media efforts, our website and all of the promotions we are doing throughout the lower mainland, we want to further publicize the fact that Bowen Island is a destination for those seeking unique art and galleries.

      Photo by Pauulet Hohn

      BIA: How would you describe the Bowen Island art scene?

      Emilie: The Bowen Island art scene is really an eclectic mix of all ages, styles and mediums. When we started the planning on Catching Stars Gallery and did our research, we learned about artists from word of mouth who we had never heard of before, because they didn't have representation on Bowen. We are so lucky to have such amazing creative talent on this island, in so many different types of work.

      BIA: Who are the collectors so far for the art that is featured, off-islanders or on-islanders, and why should visitors and locals alike visit Catching Stars?

      Emilie: Visitors to the island benefit from seeing an amazing collection of some of Bowen's fabulous artists and a comprehensive collection of artworks.

      Locals benefit, as we have brought in a mix of some off-island artists, in order to keep an interesting variety of works and introduce new artists to the island with specific mediums of work that we couldn't necessarily find in our local pool of artists. Bringing in some artists from beyond Bowen Island allows us to have a greater outreach in terms of our publicity and marketing.

      Those artists that live and work in Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and the Sea to Sky corridor are helping to promote Bowen Island by letting their regular customers know about Catching Stars Gallery when they do their shows and promotions. This brings more people to the island and again shows the greater artistic community that Bowen Island is an arts destination.

      A piece by local sculptor, Cathryn Jenkins. Photo by Pauulet Hohn

      BIA: What are visitors' favourite items or artists so far? Are there favourite subjects that people are drawn to at Catching Stars?

      Emilie: So far people have been coming in and telling us who their favourite local artist is, and that they are collectors of their particular work. I have a customer who collects my earrings and hair accessories for herself and as gifts, who has had frequent trips to Catching Stars Gallery since we have been open.

      It's really amazing to see how much locals want to support the Bowen market and help the artists to thrive.  We have gorgeous bronze and stone sculptures by local artist Cathryn Jenkins and her work has been exciting everyone as they walk in the Gallery and are greeted by a baby Sea Lion. Our theme in the Gallery is ocean and beach, and it does seem like people have been really drawn to art with that subject matter.

      Photo by Pauulet Hohn

      Pauulet Hohn's beautiful turquoise mosaics that are ocean-inspired with a collection of seashells have been a favourite, as well as Marie Neys' seascape oil paintings. Both allow customers to bring home a little piece of Bowen. Natural wood artworks have been a hit as well, with much of the wood being found on Bowen Island.

      People have been purchasing the Salt Spring Tea that we offer to customers in our bottomless pot, (try the "Bowen Island Berry" tea!), as well as the Howe Sound Soapworks soaps that have been "Bowenized" with local beaches and destinations on Bowen where each soap features a different artist, including artist Liz Watson's "Snug Cove Synergy" bar, and the "Mount Gardner Grit" soap bar which features label photography by your Jan Stevens, of Bowen Island Accommodations.

      BIA: Any exciting events at Catching Stars coming up we should know about? Anything else you'd like to add?

      Emilie: Yes! Our Grand Opening Party will be held Saturday June 23rd from 3-6 pm at the Gallery. Or if you can't make it to the party, stop in during regular Gallery hours, sip on a cup of tea and "find what inspires you" in our beautiful new Gallery that reflects the amazing creativity and natural beauty of Bowen Island.


      Thank you, Emilie, for sharing what Catching Stars is all about, and we wish you a fabulous Grand Opening! Visitors can find the gallery at 479 Bowen Island Trunk Road, unit 1.

      Catching Stars Gallery is open daily from 11-5 and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11-8 throughout the summer. Find more information at

      *More* Bowen Island Accommodations Property Upgrades To Greet You in 2018

      Posted: Wed Apr 25 19:09:00 UTC 2018

      We reported on round one of property upgrades this winter, and now we're excited to share what round two has added to our vacation rental properties on Bowen Island.

      This past winter we saw new entry stairs, landscaping, rock work, and a wi-fi-connected watering system for the Hideaway, a new dock at the Eastman Waterfront Retreat, and a new wood stove at the Eastman Waterfront Retreat.

      This spring, we've been organizing new amenities and further improvements for you to enjoy, made possible thanks to the great work of local Bowen Island trades people and landscapers.

      Eastman Waterfront Cottage

      The new laundry shed at the Eastman Waterfront Cottage is now up and windows will be added soon, thanks to Norbert Puppe, our go-to local builder. Guests staying for longer periods will have access to this shed, where they can do laundry in our new machines. Our cleaners are grateful to have these nearby as well, meaning quicker turnovers for our next guests checking in.

      New laundry shed at Eastman Waterfront Cottage

      Norbert also added a much-needed roof over the Cottage entry door so guests and cleaners don't get poured on when it's raining.

      New entry roof at the Eastman Waterfront Cottage

      Eastman Waterfront Retreat  

      Island Girls Gardening have been working on the Eastman Waterfront Retreat property, caring for the lawn that edges the creak feature, and maintaining the garden and planters.

      Norbert Puppe has finished the dock with views of Hutt Island and beyond, allowing guests to adventure out onto the water without even leaving their PJs (if they so choose!).

      Lazy Bowen Hideaway

      The new landscaping at the Lazy Bowen Hideaway has been planted by Su Rickett with deer-proof vegetation, so that natural beauty greets our visitors from all sides.


      We hope hope our guests enjoy these improvements in the coming year, and we'll be sure to let you know about further property upgrades!

      The Sweet Stand: Purveyors of Bowen Island Cakes, Treats, and More

      Posted: Fri Apr 20 18:21:00 UTC 2018

      We had a call from a guest recently who was celebrating a birthday while here. They asked us where they could find a Bowen Island birthday cake, and we thought it might be helpful to share our suggestions with the wider Bowen-visitor population. It's common to celebrate a birthday by getting away from it all, and not everyone wants to cart a cake (especially if it's a surprise) from the mainland.

      Sweet Stand unicorn cookies.

      The Ruddy Potato has some small dessert offerings, like mini cakes, as well as pies, and ice cream and other desserts are available there and at the General Store as well. Lime and Moon Pie Shop has some pies so decadent you could pass them off as cakes; however, they are open seasonally.

      Lime and Moon Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
      and Ruddy Potato dessert case.
      (Photos from respective businesses' websites).

      But if a real birthday cake, even a custom cake, is what you have your heart set on, and you have a little time to plan in advance, we recommend being in touch with Burle & Jess at The Sweet Stand, a home-based Bowen Island cake and dessert business whose products are as much eye-candy as mouth-candy.


      BIA: What kinds of cakes and other products does the Sweet Stand make?

      Burle & Jess: The Sweet Stand specializes in cakes and sugar cookies, but we also make a wide range of products, from classics like chocolate cake and apple pie to items for the more adventurous, like key lime tarts and tiramisu. You can find all of our cake and cookie options on our Sweet Stand website or Sweet Stand Facebook page, and if you have a specific request, get in touch and we'd be happy to discuss it.

      BIA: Do you do gluten-free or vegan cakes?

      Burle & Jess: We're pleased to offer many of our items available in gluten free, vegan, dairy free, sugar free, or paleo. We have many taste testers who helped us to perfect various recipes to be able to offer to those with dietary needs without compromising taste or texture.

      BIA: Tell us about the folks behind The Sweet Stand?

      Burle & Jess: Burle Konopa and Jess Skett make up the team behind the goods from The Sweet Stand. Both self taught bakers who come together to create delicious treats, using old family recipes, new recipes, and classic recipes with their own twists to them.

      Jess Skett & Burle Konopa

      BIA: How did The Sweet Stand start?

      Burle & Jess: The Sweet Stand came out of the passion each Burle and Jess has for baking, and the need for delicious baked goods in Bowen Island. It started as something offered to friends and quickly expanded through word of mouth and their attendance at the local farmers markets.

      BIA: How much notice do you need for a cake or other item order?

      Burle & Jess: As we're a 2 person operation with all of our items being made to order, we often need a minimum of 3 days, but do suggest booking sooner if possible, and every now and again we can fit in orders for the next day.

      BIA: Where can people find your cookies and cakes on Bowen Island?

      Burle & Jess: Since our items are all made to order, the best way to pick something up is to send us an email or give us a call. You'll also find us at the farmers markets throughout the summer with an assortment of ready to purchase (and enjoy!) baked goods.


      Thanks, Burle & Jess for taking the time to let our guests know all about your Bowen Island desserts business. The next Bowen Island birthday guest to celebrate with a Sweet Stand cake is in for a real treat.