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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 enhancing 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 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 under review by Metro.
Support Bowen Heritage
The Union Steamship Cottages are an important part of the heritage of Canada's West Coast and a reminder of the vitality of the island during the steamship days. Many of the remaining cottages are in serious disrepair. We are working to change that.
More than 100 Bowen Islanders and friends now belong to Bowen Heritage. Please join us.
$10 for individuals
$15 for families
$20 for institutions
THREE WAYS TO JOIN
1. Membership by donation
For donations of $20 and above, please join us through the Canada Helps website. You will receive a tax-deductible donation receipt directly from Canada Helps.
2. Membership by mail
Download and print a membership form. Send it with payment to Bowen Heritage, PO Box 78, Bowen Island BC V0N 1G0. You will receive a payment receipt by mail from Bowen Heritage.
3. Membership by secure online payment
Go to our online membership form. Submit the form and pay online using PayPal (includes credit card payment options). You will receive a payment receipt by email from PayPal.
Video courtesy of Turtlebox Productions.
Thanks to our 2012 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.
Rails to Romance on Bowen Island
This clip features edited excerpts from Rails to Romance, a promotional film/travelogue produced for the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in 1945-47 by the BC Government Travel Bureau.
The Union Steamship vessel Lady Alexandra leaves Vancouver harbour and stops at Bowen Island, a popular holiday destination. After the film pauses at Bowen to outline the resort and recreational facilities there, the steamer continues its trip to the PGE's southern terminus at Squamish. Passengers and freight are transferred from the Lady Alexandra to the waiting PGE train.
Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum.
Davies Heritage Orchard: From the ferry dock, walk along Bowen Island Trunk Road until you reach the Tuscany Restaurant. Between the Tuscany and the barber shop, you'll find Davies Orchard Lane leading into our orchard.
Last updated October 2014
Experience Bowen Heritage Today
By 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 ferry terminal. Steps from the ferry dock, you'll find Davies Heritage Orchard and more.
By car: Take Highway 1 to Horseshoe Bay. Parking on the island is limited, so you may wish to 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 accommodates cars but often overloads in the summer.
Tours: In the summer, Bowen Heritage offers guided tours of the orchard and museum. We are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. You're also welcome to a copy of our walking tour brochure, available at Cottage 20. The museum may be opened through special arrangements. The orchard is always open. Contact us at email@example.com.