News and Notices

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality invites tenders for installation of Redi Rock wall on Bowen Trunk Road and Cardena Road including clear and grub, traffic control, hydro coordination, earthworks, drainage and road and trail restoration. 

The closing date is May 11, 2017.

Read full details of BIM-IT-2017-16725

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is requesting quotes for the provision of completing an annual Fire Hydrant maintenance routine on approximately 150 Fire Hydrants within 6 different Municipal water districts.

The closing date is May 9, 2017.

Read full details of BIM-RFQ-2017-600

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bowen Island’s Municipal Parks Plan has progressed! Please join us to check out our vision statement, see our updated maps, and give your feedback on the key recommendations. Municipal Parks and Environment staff, Lees and Associates and Sheryl Rivers, Squamish Nation will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is proposing to build a New Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre on part of Lot 3 of the Community Lands.

This summer, Bowen Island electors will be asked to vote in a referendum to decide if the Municipality can borrow up to $3 million to build it.

Investing in a new Fire Hall will make Bowen Island a safer, more responsible community, with a facility we can all be proud of.

Read more

Monday, April 24, 2017

There are so many initiatives underway on Bowen these days! For example: civic facilities, improvements to Snug Cove, enhancing local business, improvements to transportation infrastructure…and the list goes on.

Would you like to get involved? Apply to join a Committee of Council!

Bowen Island Municipality is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to participate in the following advisory Committees:

Advisory Planning Commission (APC) – Official Community Plan (OCP) and Land Use

Advisory Design Panel (ADP) – Design and architecture in the Cove

Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee (PTGAC) – Improving access to and usability of, shorelines, forests and natural areas

Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) – Making “getting around” more sustainable, efficient and enjoyable

Economic Development Committee (EDC) – Energizing and supporting the thriving Bowen business community

Coming soon: On-Island Composting Facility Working Group (OICFWG)

If you are interested in working in a team and excited about volunteering but the above committees just aren’t for you, we welcome you to join a Sub-Committee or Working Group. These groups are appointed by Committee and work on specific initiatives or tasks and report directly to the committee. More information on current sub-committees and working groups can be found on the Committees page.

If you are interested, please apply by Monday, May 1. You may download an application form or pick up a paper copy from Municipal Hall. Please submit your application to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at or 981 Artisan Lane.

Monday, April 24, 2017

As part of its regular water system maintenance program, the Municipality will flush water mains in Bowen Bay, Blue Water Park, Cove Bay, Eagle Cliff, Hood Point, King Edward Bay and Tunstall Bay from April 22 to May 31, 2017. Flushing will take place seven days a week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and will rotate through each neighbourhood. This procedure does not pose a health hazard, and is necessary to remove sediment that gradually deposits in the pipes.

During the flushing process, temporary water interruptions will occur and your water pressure could be low or turned off completely for periods of time. Municipal staff will try to minimize inconvenience where possible.

Please check alerts or follow the BIM Facebook Page for daily updates. You may also notice signs in your neighbourhood while flushing is underway.

Every effort will be made to ensure that water quality is not affected, but some turbidity and higher than normal chlorine concentrations may be present for short periods of time. Running your tap briefly should clear this up.

Please note:

  • The water mains in the areas Snug Cove, Cates Hill and Village Square including Bowen Island Community School (BICS) and Bowen Island Children’s Center (BCC) will be flushed on Saturday, April 22, early in the morning so as to alleviate water interruption for BICS and BCC.
  • The water main of Artisan Square will be flushed starting April 24 and will need to be repeated for several days.                          

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 604-947-4255 or

Reminder: it is recommended that water users with compromised immune systems ensure their drinking water is boiled, filtered or distilled.

Monday, April 24, 2017

If you don’t want to spend your time looking for parking in the Cove, you can park for free at the Park & Ride at 1421 Adams Road (Satellite Fire Hall) and take the C10 Bluewater-Snug Cove bus to meet the ferry. Use your Compass card to tap on and you can transfer to a bus in Horseshoe Bay on a single fare.

We are currently collaborating with TransLink to have a bus stop number installed at the Park & Ride where you will be able to access TransLink’s Next Bus tool.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality seeks proposals from qualified and innovative engineering infrastructure planning consultants to provide professional services to review existing reports and documents, undertake an Island-wide infrastructure gap analysis, make recommendations, and create an integrated Infrastructure Master Plan. This plan will document existing infrastructure, estimate the required investments necessary to optimize and extend the lifespan of current assets, identify required capacity for both existing and proposed infrastructure, and provide a prioritized action plan for strategic future infrastructure investments for the next 5, 10, and 20 years (the planning horizon), with particular emphasis given to the next 5 years.

BIM-RFP-2017-010: Preparation of an Infrastructure Master Plan

Attached Reports:

2009 Cove Bay Long Range Plan

2013 Snug Cove Wastewater Treatment Plant Assessment

Asset Valuation and Inventory Report

Bowen Island Water Affordability Study

Cove Bay Water Conservation Plan

GVRD-SCV Sewerage Study

Report 130812 - Snug Cove Inspection

Report 130813 - Mt. Gardner Wharf Inspection

Snug Cove Wharf Drawings and Documentation

Seaside Elevated Boardwalk CRC - Allester Engineering Report

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality invites tenders for the Full Depth Reclamation, Grading and Paving of approximately 2470 square metres 80mm Hot Mix Asphalt Placement on Grafton Road, from Mt Gardner road to 604 Grafton Road.

Bowen Island Municipality invites tenders for the Full Depth Reclamation, Grading and Paving of approximately 2800 square metres 80mm Hot Mix Asphalt Placement on Grafton Road, from Harding Road to 1045 Grafton Road.

Read full details of BIM-IT-2017-150.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Due to the wet weather we have been experiencing this spring, the Fire Chief has extended open burning season to Sunday, April 23. A valid burn permit is required for burning.

More information

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality currently has the following job opportunities:

Permanent Full-Time Administrative Clerk

Seasonal Part-Time Aquafit Instructor

Seasonal Part-Time Swim Lesson Instructor

Summer Daycamp Leaders

Please click HERE to read the full postings and job descriptions.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality invites tenders for the 2017 Chip Seal Surface Treatment of approximately 14,575 square metres (double application of 5.5 m width) on various roads on Bowen Island.

Read full details of BIM-IT-2017-130.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Last spring the community came together for a transportation workshop that developed many great ideas for improving transit on Bowen Island.  TransLink has been working on those ideas and the community will see changes as of April 24, 2017!  Service hours for the C10 Bluewater and C11 Eagle Cliff buses will be extended to meet the arrival of the ferry that departs Horseshoe Bay at 7:30 pm. 

This is the first in a series of transit improvements included in Phase 10 of TransLink's 10-Year Vision

Monday, April 3, 2017

The meeting of the Parcel Tax Review Panel has been canceled because we did not receive any requests from individuals to appear before the panel.

The sitting of the Parcel Tax Review Panel is an opportunity for individuals to appeal the validity of the Parcel Tax Roll on one of the following grounds:

a) there is an error or omission respecting a name or address on the parcel tax roll;
b) there is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel;
c) there is an error or omission respecting the taxable area or the taxable frontage of a parcel;
d) an exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed.

The Panel was scheduled to convene at 10:00 am on April 5, 2017.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Throughout the province, thousands of Emergency Social Services (ESS) volunteers train and prepare so that when an emergency or disaster affects their community they are ready to help. The Bowen Island ESS Team is seeking energetic and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer. If you are interested in assisting your fellow community members in the event of an emergency, please attend their next meeting to learn more:

Wednesday, April 12
7:00 pm
Satellite Firehall
1421 Adams Road

The qualities necessary in an ESS volunteer include:

• A concern for people affected by disaster
• Good communication skills
• Ability to work well in a team

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Provincial Health Officer advises all British Columbians with compromised immune systems (such as HIV, organ or bone transplants, chemotherapy or medications that suppress the immune system) to avoid drinking water from any surface water or ground water that is under the influence of surface water, unless it has been boiled, filtered, distilled or treated with UV. Bowen Island and other areas in British Columbia use surface water sources (lakes, rivers, streams). This is not a general boil-water advisory for the general public, but rather is directed only at persons with compromised immune systems.  If in doubt about your immune system status, please discuss this further with your physician.

More information

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dangerous road conditions can be created by the discharge of water, dirt and gravel from private property onto public roadways. Culverts under private driveways and adjacent to roadways often require maintenance at this time of the year. Property owners are responsible for controlling run-off onto roadways from their property.

To ensure safe travel on Bowen Island’s roads during this heavy rainfall and to reduce the risk of flooding, we ask all property owners to control runoff and to maintain their culverts. Failure to do so may result in fining under the Bowen Island Municipality Traffic and Use of Streets Bylaw No. 133, 2005.

Public Works

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has recently established an Emergency Management Program (EMP) with the adoption of Bylaw No. 428, 2016.

Council is inviting members of the public to apply for a position on the Emergency Program Executive Committee. Reporting to Council, this committee will provide strategic direction and oversight to the Emergency Program Management Committee. Additional duties include:

-Finalizing and presenting an annual strategic plan and budget for the EMP to Council; and
-Approving Emergency Plans developed by the Management Committee

Skills or experience in Emergency Management would be an asset. If you are interested in joining the Committee, you may download an application form or pick up a paper copy from Municipal Hall.

Please submit your application by Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to Jennifer McGowan, Emergency Program Coordinator at

Monday, March 27, 2017

Special Waste clean up days are back this spring!

Dump Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
@ Bowen Island Recycling Depot
1063 Mount Gardner Rd

Drop off excess household waste, appliances and mattresses for a small fee. You must purchase your ticket in advance - payment will not be accepted on site. Please note, drywall will not be accepted.

Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
@ Bowen Building Centre
1013 Grafton Rd

No fees to drop off hazardous waste such as paint and clearly marked hazardous waste containers.

Read more

Monday, March 27, 2017

Building on the success of last year’s Innovation Grants program, Bowen Island Municipality is once again offering grants of up to $500 to residents, community groups and businesses for small scale projects that will keep Bowen beautiful. The grants are intended to foster civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement.

Read more

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The backyard and industrial burning season on Bowen Island is from October 15 to April 15 each year. Burn permits are required for yard cleanup and machine burns during this period. Open burning is prohibited after April 15.

Permits for personal cooking fires and camp fires are available after April 15, provided that a fire ban is not in place. Always check the Fire Department page for updates on fire bans during the warmer months.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has the following job opportunities available:

Community Recreation Programmer

Summer Parks Maintenance Crewperson

Roads Crewperson

Read more

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More changes are coming to parking in Snug Cove in 2017. With construction underway on the Cove Commons building, the parking lot on the North side of the Library has been removed and the parking lot on the West side is now a combination of 12 hour parking, Library parking, and disabled parking. The 12 hour parking in the West lot will be reduced to three hour parking as of Monday, April 24.

12 hour parking

NEW - the parking area on Miller Road is now open! You can park up to 12 hours in the new lot which is a five minute walk to the ferry and three minutes from Snug Cove amenities. It has direct access to the trails so you can enjoy a few minutes of Bowen nature as you begin or end your commute. Council approved the plan for this new lot on February 14, 2017.

Try Park & Ride!

If you don’t want to spend your time looking for parking in the Cove, you can park for free at the Park & Ride at 1421 Adams Road (Satellite Fire Hall) and take the C10 Bluewater-Snug Cove bus to meet the ferry. Use your Compass card to tap on and you can transfer to a bus in Horseshoe Bay on a single fare.

We are currently collaborating with TransLink to have a bus stop number installed at the Park & Ride where you can access TransLink’s Next Bus tool.

Extended bus service

With TransLink’s recent service improvements, service on the Bowen Island community shuttle routes has been extended to 8:00 pm to meet the arrival of the 7:30 pm ferry in Snug Cove.


Monday, March 13, 2017

The 2017 Island Plan is now available. This annual publication outlines Council’s progress on our strategic priorities for the term.

We invite you to take a moment to peruse all 12 of 2017’s priorities.

Please contact us at 604-947-4255 or to request a paper copy.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Message from the Mayor

On March 11, 2017  the Federal and Provincial governments announced the successful applications for Building Canada grants.

I am very pleased to report that our application for $3,890,367 to help us build a new Cove Bay Water treatment plant has been approved.

This is a very important milestone for us. Our current water treatment for the Cove Bay area consists of adding chlorinated salts. While this has made our water safe to drink, it has been far from ideal. Vancouver Coastal Health has been a strong proponent of improved treatment, and this project clears the way for expansion of the system to service future housing construction in the Snug Cove area.

The next step for us will be to determine exactly how the Cove Bay system members will handle the finances surrounding our one-third share of the project costs. Fortunately, we have built up substantial reserve funds over the years, so a large portion of our commitment is already in place.

Over the coming months, the Cove Bay Water System Local Advisory Committee will be working with the municipal finance and public works departments to iron out the details and determine our funding options. At that time, the options will be presented to all Cove Bay members for information and input.

I look forward to updating you with additional details as they become available.

Mayor Murray Skeels
March 11, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is moving forward with the strategic priority of a Community Centre for Bowen Island.

The proposed civic building, a 14,300 square foot facility providing community, recreational and performing arts spaces plus municipal offices is to be built on Area 3 of Lot 2 of municipal land (east of Bowen Island Community School).

A financial strategy to raise funds, drawing on reserves, tapping into infrastructure funding from the federal and provincial governments and exploring other options is under development. Council is working within a framework for decision making to ensure due diligence at each step of the project. The process also includes opportunities for public engagement.

On February 10, Council awarded the architectural contract to Principle Architecture, a partnership with local resident Drew Rose of Still Point Architecture. The first stage of work, expected to be delivered by the end of April, 2017, includes the development of a schematic design that will be used to validate costs, currently estimated at around $10 M for the entire project.

BIM is looking forward to developing a facility that will act as a gathering place for people of all ages and interests in our community, fostering and inspiring connections, caring, economy and creativity.

Pictured above are some members of the Community Centre Select Steering Committee (L-R): Councillor Melanie Mason and children, Shauna Jennings, Councillor Gary Ander and grandson, Councillor Alison Morse, Kristen Watson, Jacqueline Massey, Kathy Lalonde.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has obtained a 30 year tenure (Licence of Occupation) for Mannion Bay from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations with the intent of restoring socioecological integrity in the Bay.

Municipal staff will bring forward a Mannion Bay Update and Implementation Report in April 2017.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Last year, Council asked us to review our water rate bylaws in the interest of developing consistent charges and to promote a culture of conservation for all Municipal water users.

Tunstall Bay water users were the first to see a new billing system, switching from an annual flat rate to a hybrid metered rate.

Why switch to metered rates?

We will be holding information meetings in March for all other water district users. Please subscribe to your water system’s mailing list to receive notification of the meeting dates.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to your community?

The Advisory Design Panel is looking for two new members, who are full time residents or property owners of Bowen Island, to sit on the committee. Applicants should have appropriate design qualifications which include, but are not limited to: architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, knowledge of community affairs and/or experience in the development industry.

The role of the Advisory Design Panel is to provide recommendations with respect to the design, colour, environmental compatibility and finishing materials of new and renovated buildings, with attention to how they adhere to the Snug Cove Guidelines, and also with respect to the siting and landscaping of all plans submitted for consideration in:

1. Village Revitalization Development Area
2. Village Periphery Development Area
3. Any other major development with significant community-wide impacts as directed by Council

If you are interested in joining the Committee, you may download an application form or pick up a paper copy from Municipal Hall.

Please submit your application by Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

There will be a Referendum this summer in order to gain approval of Bowen Island electors to borrow the funds needed to build a new Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre on part of Lot 3 of the Community Lands.

Read more


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