‘Round Bowen Challenge

Join more than 100 paddlers in a race to circumnavigate Bowen Island’s picturesque coastline.

The 'Round Bowen Challenge is open to paddlers of high performance kayaks, sea kayaks, OC 1’s and 2’s, and stand-up paddle boards. 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 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. Race direction depends on sea conditions. Clockwise the distance is 19km and counter-clockwise the distance is 13km.

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 15, is $45. Regular registration from February 16 until May 8, is $60. Late registration after May 8 is $80. Please note that each class requires a minimum of five participants in order to qualify for prizes.

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.