Rosewall Creek Provincial Park Trail by Graham Photo Courtesy Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism
Bowser is situated in the area known as Lighthouse Country on the east coast of Central Vancouver Island so named for the stretch of coast between the two lighthouses in Qualicum Bay and Deep Bay. If you are looking for something different to do, how about experiencing the magic of the underground world in the many protected caves. The art of cave exploration is known as spelunking and Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is the perfect place to discover this unique activity. There are also many scenic trails in the area including the Lighthouse Regional Trail for hiking or cycling or spend a peaceful afternoon paddling and exploring the shoreline and the many secluded bays of Spider Lake. Nearby Fanny Bay is famous for its Fanny Bay Oysters and a must visit. Anglers are spoilt for choice. Saltwater fishing charters are available, fly-fish for salmon near Parksville and Qualicum Beach or fish some of the streams and lakes nearby.
The community of Bowser is named after William John Bowser, who served as the premier of British Columbia from 1915-1916. This small waterfront community was established in 1914, during the construction of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway. Logging has been the main economy in Bowser for years, but more recently, tourism has grown in importance.
During the 1930s, Bowser’s local hotel was infamous for featuring Mike the dog, who had been trained by his owners to receive payments and deliver change.