Bowen Island's annual celebration of all things apple is coming up on Sunday, October 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Davies Heritage Orchard.
You'll enjoy free musical performances, kids' activities, a museum tour, apple displays and sales, an interpretation display from Metro Vancouver, and the Best Apple Pie on Bowen contest.
Once again, the final Bowen Agricultural Alliance Farmers' Market will be part of the event, with farmers from throughout the island bringing the bounty of their crop -- right on time for special Thanksgiving meals.
Volunteer opportunities at Applefest include helping with setup and cleanup; preparing and baking heritage apple pies; picking apples from local orchards; staffing the museum cottage; and welcoming visitors. If you'd like to help, let us know.
You'll find more program details here.
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 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 now under review by Metro Vancouver.
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.
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 Davies Heritage Orchard.
Guided tours: In the summer months, Bowen Heritage offers guided tours of the Orchard and Museum. We are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.