To get to Bowen Island you fly into Vancouver and make your way about 30 minutes outside the city to a ferry terminal. From there you take a short 20 minute trip across the Howe Sound: this trip alone feels like the beginning of a dramatic movie about fishermen or whales: wild cliffs rising up out of the sea, snow capped peaks, deep greens, and blues: everything is very oversized, and discernibly pacific northwestern: its one of those regions that isn’t really mistakable for anywhere else on earth.
When you arrive on Bowen Island, you enter a village. Sure the island landmass is 20 square miles...about the size of Manhattan Island, but instead of 3.9 Million people, Bowen's population has never surpassed 4,000. But even cooler than its quaintness/diminutiveness is its loyalty: how every single one of those 4000 people really live by the same kind of appreciation code.
On Bowen island you stop to greet each other in the street: you hitchhike to get home after work: you stop in any local cafe or bar or grocery store and pretty much everyone knows your name. It’s not your typical tourism destination, Bowen Island, and the people like it that way.
So when I finally touched down,driving my rental car past deer in the woods and through mist cloaking the road, I couldnt’ help but start to wonder: For the places that are so special because few people visit, what’s the best kind of visitor you can be?
"For the places that are so special because few people visit, what’s the best kind of visitor you can be?" Join me on a magical adventure in Bowen Island, Vancouver
In this episode, there are a few interesting takeaways for vacation rental professionals:
Thanks to Jan, her son Akira, Len, Steph and Kylie, Kim, the team at Catching Stars, the great Murray Atherton, Brent, and all the amazing people of Bowen Island for their leadership and hospitality.
Matt Landau is the Founder of the VRMB and the Inner Circle, two online resources dedicated to helping vacation rental owners and managers generate more bookings.
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