Your host (me) Julie Vik is an island resident of 23 years, and will gladly help you find what you are looking for, or even find the unexpected you didn’t know you were looking for! I love to host people and will be happy to share a glass of wine, but I am essentially an introvert and respect the lone wolf that needs the space to howl.
This well lived and loved in arts and crafts heritage home was saved by barge from the hectic buzz of the mainland and found its new resting spot in Tunstall Bay, Bowen Island. Plunked down on its new foundations in 1989, the main level, while modern in spaciousness, respects the integrity of the home’s design. Massive reclaimed fir beams from a 1905 shipyard, leaded glass windows and French doors sit comfortably with the concrete counter bar, high end kitchen and bath, complete with a Japanese soaker tub. The bedroom is appointed with antique furniture and lighting. Warm walls and copper ceiling, golds made ethereal with gauze invite you to sleep-in. Feel free to stay up all night at the oversized oak desk while writing your next masterpiece. This apartment is fully contained with separate entrance, washer/dryer, basic cooking ingredients, extra towels and bedding.
All doors lead to a private deck overlooking the garden. On one side, find the entrance to the waterfall ponds surrounded by cooling walls of laurels. On the other side, walk out onto the sun-drenched patio with a feature fire pit and grill. Including the deck, this area is large enough for your reception of 40. If it rains (not uncommon in these parts from November till May) the main room will easily seat 40. Catering is available through your professional baker and cook host. (Frozen ready to eat dinners are always also available, as well as fresh baked breakfast/brunch items – served all day.)
Tunstall Bay beach is arguably the best swimming/sun bathing/kayak launching/sunset watching beach on Bowen Island. It is an easy 5-10 minute stroll down the hill (500m).If it gets too hot for your picnic find the trail beside the boat house and discover the shady beauty of the Explosives Creek fish ladder.
Within 5 minutes drive, enjoy a round of golf and lunch, hike the Mount Gardner Trails, stroll the boardwalk at Cape Roger Curtis, explore the old copper mine caves in Bluewater. The Bowen Island Nature Club may be leading one of their amazing educational hikes. Do check it out!
Don’t have wheels? Don’t worry, we are right on the bus route. Please see links for the schedule. Or simply hitch hike. Perfectly acceptable here on Bowen, and even encouraged by the Bowen Lift programme. Other alternative transport includes the Bowen Island Neighbourhood Pub’s Grey Whale Service – especially handy after a night of live music.