Here's to 2014!
Enjoy a cup of cheer, some treats, and an update on heritage activities. Join or renew your membership in Bowen Heritage. For our other events in 2014, see our annual calendar.
Applause for Metro
There's good news on the horizon for the restoration of the heritage cottages and orchard.
In Fall 2013, Metro Vancouver invited Expressions of Interest for the Orchard Cottages in Crippen Park. This invitation followed consultation with Bowen Island Municipal Council and Bowen Heritage. The EOI is expected to be the first step toward upgrading the existing cottages and the ongoing operation of the two-acre orchard area of the park.
EOI respondents were encouraged to consider the skill sets and experience required for the components of the initiative, including planning, construction, operations, maintenance, and financing. They were asked to consider the form of financing envisioned and the form of agreement required with Metro Vancouver. And they were asked to consider the contribution that could be made to Bowen Island and Metro Vancouver.
The board of Bowen Heritage very strongly supports this initiative. Metro Vancouver has confirmed that Bowen Heritage will continue to play a role in the restoration of the heritage cottages and in the planning and delivery of community programs and events in the orchard.
We look forward to the revitalization of the Davies Heritage Orchard and applaud Metro Vancouver for making this move. The responses to the EOI are now under review by Metro Vancouver.
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More than 100 Islanders and friends now belong to Bowen Heritage.
Donate to Bowen Heritage
Please help save the Union Steamship Cottages in Snug Cove, Bowen Island. They're an important part of the heritage of Canada's West Coast and a reminder of the vitality of the island during the Steamship era. Many of the remaining cottages are in serious disrepair. To help with the restoration of the cottages, please make a tax-deductible donation through the Canada Helps website.
A number of refurbished cottages are now available for rental year-round. For more information and reservations, contact the Union Steamship Company.
Thanks to our summer student, Mariah Fleetham, for her creative work producing Memories of Bowen Island. This 30-minute video will introduce you to life on Bowen Island in the early and mid-20th century through the recollections of Islanders, with selected photos from the Bowen Island Heritage Preservation Association Archives and from the Bowen Island Museum and Archives. A copy is also available from the Bowen Island Public Library.
Experience Bowen Heritage Today
By public transit: Take the No. 257 or 250 bus from Georgia Street in Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay and walk on the Queen of Capilano at the BC Ferries Terminal. Steps from the ferry terminal, you'll find Davies Heritage Orchard and more.
By car: Take Highway 1 to Horseshoe Bay. Parking on the island is limited, so we recommend you travel as a foot passenger: take the "village" exit and park in the parkade immediately off the exit ramp, or in the BC Ferries lot near the terminal. Walk on the ferry. The ferry also accommodates cars but often overloads in the summer.
Take our award-winning walking tour: Copies of the walking tour brochure are available at Cottage 20, Davies Orchard Lane. From the ferry terminal, continue straight along Bowen Island Trunk Road (no, there's no sign, just walk straight ahead) until you reach the Tuscany Restaurant. Between that restaurant and the barber shop, you'll find Davies Orchard Lane leading into historic Davies Orchard.
Guided tours: In the summer months, Bowen Heritage offers guided tours of the Orchard and Museum. We are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Scheduled tours are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.