| Of all the
regional parks on the North Shore of Vancouver, Crippen Regional Park
on Bowen Island holds the crown as the king of picnic grounds. The
parkís Snug Cove features picnic shelters and barbeques, and picnic
tables are also arranged elsewhere in the park, beneath the sheltering
arms of a cedar grove at Killarney Lake, a 30-minute walk from Snug
A 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay lands you on Bowen Island.
Bowen is a paradise of trails, from relatively easy loops around
Killarney Lake in Crippen Regional Park to the burning climb up
Mount Gardner. The island is a world unto itself, so take the time
to explore and revel in Bowenís sedated pace. Although the tempo
may be relaxed, mountain bikers will find the roads that ring the
island demanding, with few level stretches and even fewer beach-access
points for well-deserved breaks.
The best part of visiting Crippen Regional Park is that you are
in the park the moment you step off the ferry. Even though the ferry
ride and a stroll on the beach make an entirely satisfactory trip
in themselves, the best way to appreciate Crippen is over the course
of a half-day or more. Head inland to Killarney Lake to explore
the quiet side of Bowen Island. As you walk or bike uphill from
the ferry on Government Road past the Union Steamship store, trails
marked by a green park signpost lead off to Killarney Lake. Allow
30 minutes to walk the 1-mile (1.6-km) Killarney Creek Trail
to the lake. Take one of two routes to reach the Killarney Lake
Trail. One trail leads past a pair of fish ladders that climb the
hillside above a small lagoon. Alternatively, walk down past the
Memorial Garden to a causeway that crosses the mouth of the tranquil
On the opposite side of the lagoon, follow left on Melmore Road
to Miller Road, where a yellow gate across from St. Gerardís Church
marks the entrance to the Killarney Creek Trail. The first third
of the trail is on level ground padded by years of fallen leaves
and needles, then it begins to rise gently through second-growth
forest. Huge cedar stumps testify that these graceful giants once
predominated here. At the halfway point to Killarney Lake, a path
leads off to the left and across a small bridge over Terminal Creek.
Horses exercise in a paddock nearby. Once at the lake, the Killarney
Loop Trail (2.5 miles/4 km) circles its perimeter somewhat erratically,
passing a picnic area and a small beach along the way. A lovely
stretch of boardwalk spans a marshy area at the north end of the
lake. Crippen Regional Park comprises everything visitors hope to
find in a park.
Crippen Regional Park is located on Bowen Island in Howe Sound
near the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia. For a map of
Bowen Island, stop at the islandís gas station near the ferry dock.
Visitors can catch a vehicle and passenger ferry from Horseshoe
Bay to Bowen Island. There is a small charge for bicycles. You can
travel to Horseshoe Bay from Vancouver by bus.
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is a Regional Park, Municipal Park, or proposed park, and does not fall under the jurisdiction
of Parks Canada (National Parks) or the BC Ministry of Environment (BC Parks).