Our waterfront home is on Hummingbird Lane, Bowen Island. Bowen is one of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands and is situated just 20 minutes by ferry to the mainland (West Vancouver) and another 40 minutes to downtown Vancouver, 60 minutes to our world famous Olympic Whistler Ski Village and 30 minutes (or less) to 3 top notch ski mountains, Cyprus Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Seymour Mountain. Bowen also has a scheduled water taxi (I think it makes 6 round trips a day) to and from Vancouver. Bowen Island to downtown by water taxi to Vancouver takes about 30 minutes.
The Pan-abode people (the people that supplied the logs) made a promotional video of the cabin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ItVRhK0JzA
The home is situated on a wooded acre facing southeast. While the property has been in the family for more than 50 years the main home has just (2012) been rebuilt. My in-laws are Dorman and have been Bowen Islanders for a hundred years or more. There are two other structures on the property - a one bedroom Casida and a small studio.
The home has all the services (except telephone - best to bring a cell phone) and amenities one might expect. We have Internet, TV, WIFI, city water & power. A propane gas service which provides propane for the kitchen cooktop, our barbecue, and the fire table. A kitchen to die for; two dishwashers, three ovens, a professional gas cooktop, double fridge/freezer, ice maker, wine fridge and a Miele automatic coffee maker. A High Definition 70” flat screen TV, an unbelievable sound system (indoors and out) and for entertaining family and friends an outdoor fire table. If the power goes off we have a generator that automatically powers the essentials until it's restored. The last time we had an outage was about 3 years ago.
The home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms – two with showers. We have a washer/dryer and a robot that cleans the tile floors – really! The home is completely tiled and we have in-floor hot water heating and a wood burning fireplace that will heat the home if needed.
The decking and infinity pool (facing the water) is fenced to keep the deer from eating our flowers.
A note on heating the pool. Our cabin is on an island. There is no natural gas service on Bowen. Our power (heating) is supplied by electricity or propane. Electricity for our in-floor heating system and propane for the hot tub and pool. Propane is pretty pricey. Our tank holds about $1,000.00 of propane. The hot tub can be heated separately and I have estimated that to heat the hot tub for a couple of hours would cost approximately $29.00 for each session. To heat the pool for a couple of weeks I am guessing would be about $2,500.00. However, if a guest wants to pay for their propane consumption - I will set it up. There is a beach "September Morn" (about a 20-minute walk from the cabin) - but it's not heated either:+)
From our cedar deck patios, you have a great view of the ferries to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.
Our Bowen property has three separate structures the main cabin, and two smaller structures a Casida and a Studio.
The quiet, forested island of 52sq km/20sq mi lives up to its slogan of "Within Reach. Beyond Comparison." Water lovers enjoy kayaking around Bowen Island's sheltered bays, swimming at sandy beaches, and mooring their boats at local marinas. And from mighty Mount Gardner to the shores of Killarney Lake, hiking, mountain biking, and golf offer both hilly challenges and pure relaxation. The village, Snug Cove (5 minutes by car - 20 minutes to walk - from our cabin), is host to restaurants, cafes, and shops.
A note for "point" Swappers. Before your arrival we had the cabins cleaned, the bedding washed and the beds made - done properly it's a five-hour task. We ask that you agree to leave our cleaning lady (Vinnie) $180.00 to return the cabins to the condition you enjoyed on your arrival. Vinnie prefers cash - just leave the money on the counter.
Because Bowen is our second home, a swap need not be simultaneous.