2013 Annual General Meeting
Our annual general meeting is upcoming on Sat., April 6, 11 a.m., at Evergreen Hall, 464 Melmore Road. Watch for your agenda in the mail. Further details will be posted here at the end of March. Please renew your annual membership before the meeting, if possible.
The feature panel at the meeting will discuss a heritage policy for Bowen Island. Bowen Heritage has drafted an inventory of heritage properties on the island. We’re now preparing to ask municipal council to create a community heritage register. But what kind of heritage policy makes sense for our island? What would a Bowen heritage designation actually mean? How would we recognize it? What are the advantages of having such a register? Are there any disadvantages? Please take part in this important discussion affecting the heritage of our community.
Seaside Gets a Makeover
Bowen Heritage would like to sincerely thank Metro Vancouver for moving forward with this initiative.
The restoration of Seaside Cottage (the larger of the two cottages next to the lagoon) is complete. Seaside is now the new home of resident caretaker Michael Chapman.
According to Gaetan Royer, Metro Vancouver's former metropolitan planning, environment, and parks manager, "The caretaker will assume responsibility for basic building upkeep and minor repairs of Davies Orchard cottages on the island."
Read Susanne Martin's Undercurrent article: "Seaside cottage soon to be occupied by caretaker"
Read the Bowen Heritage Undercurrent article: "Restoration of Seaside cottage seen as good news"
Read Bill Granger's letter to the Undercurrent: "Caretaker in Seaside cottage is an important step forward"
Read Susanne Martin's Undercurrent article: "Open doors at Seaside"
Join Bowen Heritage
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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.
This Applefest in the Davies Heritage Orchard was fabulous, but it lacked two important ingredients.
Discover how missing pollinators were a key issue for the 2010 festival and how volunteers are finding ways to kickstart Mother Nature.
Featuring interviews with volunteer orchardist John Riley, Bowen Heritage president Karen Wristen, and Metro Vancouver park interpreter Stella Ramey.
Video courtesy of Metro Vancouver.
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 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. 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.
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. To confirm our office will be open when you arrive, email email@example.com.