Bowen Island Trip, Hiking & Photography

Vancouver, Canada

Experience hosted by Nafees

6 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes transportation and equipment

What you'll do

We'll take a breathtaking ocean ferry ride to an island and explore Bowen Island, a hidden gem not even the locals know about. The 'walk-in-the-park' is easy, fun and safe for anyone, regardless of age. We'll spend a few hours exploring old-growth forests, waterfalls, and wildlife. The highlight is of course the fall colors and fallen leaves at this time of year. Your tour is a picture-perfect way to experience Canada’s nature, while learning the basics of landscape photography. With plenty of one-on-one instruction, you will learn to take amazing photos whether you’re packing the latest DSLR or a camera phone. You'll receive complimentary photos after the tour.

Bowen Island, a 20 min ferry ride from Vancouver - is home to a variety of wildlife, galleries and shops. The ferry ride alone is breathtaking, with gorgeous views of Howe Sound and islands.
Other things to note
Bring your own camera phone or DSLR (otherwise DSLR can be provided), water and snacks, good walking shoes and layered clothing. Optional lunch otherwise we'll grab from a local shop on the island.
We'll take a breathtaking ocean ferry ride to an island and explore Bowen Island, a hidden gem not even the locals know about. The 'walk-in-the-park' is easy, fun and safe for anyone, regardless of age. We'll spend a few hours exploring old-growth forests, waterfalls, and wildlife. The highlight is of course the fall colors and fallen leaves at this time of year. Your tour is a picture-perfect way to experience Canada’s nature, while learning the…

What's included

  • Transportation
    Return public transit from downtown to the ferry terminal; return ferry rid...
  • Equipment
    You can borrow a DSLR camera or tripod, upon request.

Meet your host, Nafees

Host on Airbnb since 2011
  • 19 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I've been leading hikes for the local community as well as travelers for the past 20 years. After living in 7 countries and visiting 56, I founded Nature PhotoHikes where I share my love of landscape photography through lessons, photoshoots and guided hikes/walks. Lessons on your camera/smartphone include tips and tricks, composition, and settings like shutter speed, aperture and ISO. I also organize hikes for charity and youth groups, including refugees and newcomers to Canada.

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I've been leading hikes for the local community as well as travelers for the past 20 years. After living in 7 countries and visiting 56, I founded Nature PhotoHikes where I share my love of landscape photography through lessons, photoshoots and guided hikes/walks. Lessons on your camera/smartphone include tips and tricks, composition, and settings like shutter speed, aperture and ISO. I also organize hikes for charity and youth groups, including refugees and newcomers to Canada.

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Where you'll be

You will leave downtown Vancouver for a ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay terminal. We'll venture deep into the island's trails and later check out the shops and galleries. We'll visit waterfalls and lakes, see wildlife and grab lunch at a local cafe (optional).

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 19 reviews.

Alfonso
August 2021
I'd definitely recommend this experience! Nafees is really knowledgable about the area and of great help to help u get that great shot. He's super nice and fun to hike around with.
Nikolay
July 2021
Trip was nice and interesting. Beautiful places and interesting insights from Nafees. Nafees also showed few helpful tricks and advises for picture taking - both color and composition. Overall was great!
Ceri
April 2021
We enjoyed everything about this experience. Nafees was knowledgeable about Bowan Isand and photography. He was respectful of all Covid protocols and certainlyy would return to go on other tours with him
Jenn
February 2021
I highly recommend this hike to anyone wanting to learn a little bit more about photography. The host was fantastic, super friendly and easy to get along with and the views were gorgeous!! I will definitely be booking again for further trips!
Jules
October 2020
Wonderful little day trip. Beautiful scenery. Learned a couple of useful camera tricks. Nafees is very personable and makes you feel quite welcome. Looking forward to checking out his other guided tours in the future.
Sujata
October 2020
Nafees is very knowledgable. He taught photography and shared lots of info about the flora and fauna of the region. Had an awesome trip and the pics which he had taken were really good!

Choose from available dates

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Activity advisory

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 3 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Comfortable shoes

Weather appropriate clothing, preferably in layers