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Wednesday, November 8, 2017


❄️ Tips for Enjoying Snowy Bowen Island ❄️


Snow has already been gently falling here on our otherwise-green island. If you’ve booked a stay with us in snow season, there’s no need to panic — in fact, a blanket of white will be a welcome prompt to relax once you get here, all you need is a little preparation.

First off, why we love a snowy Bowen Island:

  • Winter wonderland walks
  • An excuse to snuggle inside by the fire
  • Peace & quiet only a snowscape can create
  • Explore the great indoors - cook, craft, read, chat, nap...


 

But to really enjoy it, be prepared to make the best of this rare weather event, and use these tips to guide you through a snowy holiday away from it all.

 

Check the Weather

Knowing when the snow will come can help you plan ahead.
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/weather/british-columbia/bowen-island
Will the snow hit while you’re here? If possible, park closer to a main road, where plows will come. (However, parking right on the main road makes it hard for plows to operate).
Will it snow the night before you arrive? Then you may find not all roads are plowed yet, so after disembarking the ferry, grab a latte in Snug Cove while the roads are cleared to your vacation rental. See below for road report links.

 

Car Prep & Roads

Pack a shovel & gravel kitty litter, in case you find yourself in a jam. While snow tires are not required by law on Bowen, if you have them, use them. We don’t recommend driving on any unplowed roads without snow tires, and even then, please use caution. 

If you’re coming from afar, please remember that certain BC highways do require you to have winter tires from October 1 to March 31. Check the winter tire regulations in BC to see if your route requires them.

Always check Bowen Island road reports before planning your transportation to your rental. There are two places to check:
Municipality: http://bimbc.ca/alerts#Road%20Closures 
An independent road status site: http://bowenisle.info/roads/roadstat.php 

If you do find yourself in need of assistance, our local tow truck operator (for BCAA) can be reached at (604) 947-4357. Leigh Auto (604-947-2222) are our trusty car repair folks, in case you should need further help with your vehicle.

 

 

Transportation Options

If you decide last-minute to leave your car at home or in Horseshoe Bay, not to worry, you have other transportation options: Transit, hitchhiking, walking, and Bowen Taxi (see our Transportation Page for more information on these options).

 

Trip Insurance

Because we have strict cancellation policies we always recommend trip insurance, which can help you deal with the unexpected (such as snowy roads), whether it’s weather-related, medical, or something else altogether. (See specific policies for details). 

While we don't endorse any specific insurance provider, here are a few sites our guests have used in the past, to get you started finding a policy that works for you.
CSA Travel Protection: www.csatravelprotection.com
Travel Guard: www.travelguard.com
SquareMouth: www.squaremouth.com

 

 

 

Stock Up

If it looks like it will snow while you are here, remember to stock up on all your favourite food items and pastimes, as it may take the better part of a day for snow plows to get to your area (and for you to get to restaurants and out to explore).

 

Power Outages

Power outages may happen, and are usually fixed within a day, but you may want to prepare for this possibility ahead of time. While we encourage lazy snowflake-watching, why not bring a charged laptop with downloaded films, books, and board games? (We supply DVDs, board games, and books at the Lazy Bowen Waterfront Hideaway & Lazy B Waterfront Suite.)

All our properties have flashlights, candles, and a bottle of water supplied for emergencies, but it never hurts to bring more of your own.

And even if your side of the island is out of power, that doesn’t necessarily mean the whole island has gone dark — often Snug Cove and all the great restaurants and stores there have power, even when the remoter areas don't. You can check BC Hydro’s power outage statuses for Bowen Island at:
https://www.bchydro.com/power-outages/app/outage-map.html#locate=49.36927682213971_-123.38141216984137




 


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If we can assist you to prepare for your winter holiday, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We love it here in winter ...and are certain you will too. Book at www.bowenislandaccommodations.net ❄️❄️❄️

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