A recent health study found that Bowen Islanders rate themselves as considerably healthier than Vancouver residents rated themselves. However, they enjoy fewer local healthcare services per capita. An initiative to build a Community Health Centre is under way, in early stages.


  • Two family practitioners serve local patients, with varying schedules. (A family practice clinic in Horseshoe Bay is a nearby option.)
  • Other primary services are provided on the mainland through the Vancouver Coastal Health Region.
  • A dentist visits the Island on Fridays, and also sees Bowen patients in Horseshoe Bay.
  • LifeLabs offers twice weekly medical testing by appointment.
  • Cates Pharmacy in Snug Cove fills prescriptions on island.
  • Additional services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, massage therapists, counsellors, homeopathic care, and other complementary modalities.
  • The Caring Circle Health Resource Centre provides free information about access to local and regional health, caregiving and support resources, helping residents navigate the health system and advocating for improved services. Its Health Resource Guide is a comprehensive directory of local and off-island practitioners and support services.
  • BC Ambulance Services.

(Content from the Community Profile published in 2016)