Getting there

The Hermitage, 1070 Lindy’s Road,  Bowen Island, British Columbia

Please note that during the CoVid 19 pandemic, public transit is still available on Bowen Island but there is no taxi, ride sharing or hitch hiking available due to social distancing guidelines. Each person is responsible for their own journey to the Hermitage.


Keep in mind that what is written below was written pre-pandemic:

The Hermitage is located in a quiet rural area of Bowen Island, which can be challenging to get to without a car.    However as a form of pilgrimage, some retreatants travel to the Hermitage via foot/bus.   If you plan to do this, please read the bus/walking directions below beforehand so you can prepare accordingly.

Unlike the main Rivendell Retreat Centre, the Hermitage is quite far away (11 km) from the ferry terminal in Snug Cove.  There is a taxi service on the island, but you need to book well ahead by calling 604-250-TAXI (8294).  Bowen also has bus service, but it is limited to a few main roads.  The Hermitage is a 4 km hike from the nearest bus stop.

The Hermitage is located in an area called Cowan Point in the south part of Bowen Island, near the golf course.

Once you have booked your retreat, please email the booking agent again to specify which ferry you plan to take, and what mode of transport you plan to arrive by, so that the host knows when to expect you.

Directions for those travelling by car 

  • From Horseshoe Bay take the Bowen Island ferry to Snug Cove.
  • As you drive off the ferry, you will be on Bowen Island Trunk Road.
  • Follow Bowen Island Trunk Rd as it becomes Grafton Road for 4.2 km.
  • Turn Right after the S curve onto Adam’s Road and continue for another 1.2 km
  • Turn Left onto Sunset Road
  • Follow Sunset Road as it becomes Cowan Point Drive
  • Turn Right onto Fairweather Road
  • Take the first Left onto Fairweather Bay (it is a hairpin turn).   Follow this road to a fork where you will see a yellow “NO EXIT” sign where the road turns right.    DO NOT TURN RIGHT,  instead STAY LEFT of this sign and straight ahead onto the driveway 1070 and then down the hill to the Hermitage house.

You are invited to unload your car near the main house and then park your car further up the driveway in the parking lot.  Please do not park near the house.

Directions for those travelling by Taxi or Bus and Foot: 

  • If you plan to arrive via taxi, please call days in advance to book and find out about availability.  Weekday taxi service in particular can be quite limited.    604-250-TAXI (8294).   We are at 1070 Lindy’s Road, off Fairweather.
  • If you plan to arrive by bus and foot it is best to pack light as the last portion of your journey will involve a hilly 4 km hike.  
  • For the first part of your journey, you will take the C10 Bluewater/Snug Cove Bus.  This bus goes to the west side of the island.  Please check the bus schedule ahead of time: or  Tel: 604 947 0229
  • You can catch the C10 bus near the library on Cardena Drive, which is the first street on your right as you walk off the ferry. 
  • Tell the bus driver that you want to get off at Sunset Road (which is approx 6 km from the ferry terminal).   You can catch the bus here when you leave, just flag it down.
  • When you get off the bus, walk up Sunset Road which becomes Cowan Point Drive.   
  • Walk down the hill until you come to a large bank of community mailboxes on your right hand side.   Just before the mailboxes you can take a shortcut down the old road which is now a walking path.
  • You go down this path (about a 10 minute walk) until it meets up with Fairweather Road.  Then turn right and walk down Fairweather Road about 40 metres until you see on the other side of the street a continuation of the wide path   A  5 minute walk down this path will lead you to the top of the Hermitage driveway, 1070 Lindy’s Road.

(Possible alternatives for the walking portion)

  1. Hitchhiking is a very common practice on Bowen.  Someone may stop to give you a ride for a portion of your journey if you stick out your thumb.
  2. If a host is at the hermitage it may be possible to get a lift from the bus stop.  This is not guaranteed, and you would need to inquire about that possibility before you come.
  3. Some people prefer to do an alternative walking route to the Hermitage, which is shorter but steeper and is more off the beaten path (i.e. hitchhiking won’t work on this route):
    1. Get off the bus at the intersection of Grafton Road and Adams Road.  Follow Cowan Road (which is blocked off to thru traffic at the top) till it meets up with Salal Road. Follow Salal till it joins up with Cowan Point Drive.  Walk down Cowan Point Drive until you get to the large bank of community mailboxes.  Just before the mailboxes you can take a shortcut down the old road which is now a walking path.  You go down this pat, about a 10 minute walk, till it meets up with Fairweather Road. Turn right and walk down Fairweather Road about 40 metres until you see on the other side of the street the continuation of the path (there is a rope across the entrance).  Go down the path, about 5 minute walk, which comes out at the top of the Hermitage driveway.

By Bike

The C10 Bluewater/Snug Cove bus has a bike rack, available only during daylight hours.  As stated above, it is a 4 km, quite hilly ride from the bus stop at Sunset and Adams.  If you plan to bike ride from the ferry, be aware that Bowen is very hilly and you need to be in good physical condition.

Blessings on your journey.

Printable PDF version of these directions: how-to-get-there