‘Round Bowen Challenge

Join more than 100 paddlers in a race to circumnavigate Bowen Island’s picturesque coast in what has been called the West Coast’s biggest one-day kayak race.*

The 'Round Bowen Challenge is open to paddlers of high performance kayaks, fast sea kayaks, sea kayaks, OC 1’s and 2’s, and stand-up paddle boards. Participants may race solo or tandem. The race ends with a dock party, awards ceremony, and the now famous, post-race salmon BBQ in the Bowen Island Marina. Click the "Register Now" button to sign up for this year's race.

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Island Challenge (33km)
Paddlers start and finish in Snug Cove. SUP and standard kayaks start at 9:30am, the HPKs, fast sea kayaks, and OC 1’s and 2’s depart at 10:30.

Half Island Challenge (13-19km)
The half-island race starts at 11:30 in Tunstall Bay on Bowen's west side and ends in Snug Cove. Shuttles available. Depending on wind and, therefore, race direction, the half island race is either 13 or 19km.

Located just west of Vancouver in Howe Sound, Bowen Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay. Bowen Island Sea Kayaking hosts the annual race with support from a variety of sponsors, including Seaward Kayaks, Ruddy Potato grocery, Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak, Bowen Island Pub, THINK Kayak and Starboard paddle boards.

Early bird registration, until February 28, is $40. Regular registration from March 1 until May 18, is $55. Starting May 19 the registration fee is $75. Please note that each class requires a minimum of five participants in order to qualify.

View pictures and video’s of past races.

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Thanks to all of our participants this past year! Race results can be found on Webscorer.