News and Notices

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Board of Variance considers minor zoning variances where compliance with the Land Use Bylaw would cause undue hardship. The board requires three members appointed by Council, and meets only as needed to hear appeals and make decisions about minor variances.

The board currently has a vacancy for one member. To be considered for the board, you must live on Bowen Island, and share a desire to create a liveable, sustainable community for all.

If you are interested in applying, please download a committee application form and submit it by May 23, 2017 to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at You may also obtain a paper copy of the application form from Municipal Hall at 981 Artisan Lane.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is updating the Park Plan to guide the Municipality in planning, managing and acquiring parks, trails and coastal accesses over the next 10 years. A vision has been developed along with a set of goals, objectives and recommendations for the future of Bowen Island’s parks, trails and beaches.

The survey questions ask for feedback on the draft vision, goals and some of the key draft recommendations. There is also an opportunity to share general comments, review parks and trails maps and access information from the recent Parks Plan Open House.

Take the survey online

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Transportation Advisory Committee is hosting a workshop with representatives from car2go, open to all who are interested in improving car-sharing options at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Bring your ideas, questions and suggestions to this collaborative community conversation.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bowen Island Community School
Multipurpose Room

Please RSVP to

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) project is hosting a public open house:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
3:30 - 8:00 pm
Municipal Hall

It has been over a year and a half of engaging the community and researching best practices. Come out to see the progress! The transportation plan will be based on the findings to date and any additional feedback from the open house. The plan will be drafted in June and scheduled for Council adoption this summer. 

Bike to school: overcoming the barriers

The Integrated Transportation Master Plan project is hosting a viewing of the Active Travel to School Webinar Series. Learn about programs across the country that are better enabling children to bike to school, with presentations from several cycling skills educators and the opportunity for questions and discussion.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Municipal Hall

Read more

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.

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

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

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 Library parking and three hour parking.

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

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The parking lot north of the Library (off Cardena Road) will close on February 15 as construction on the Cove Commons building begins. Half of the west side parking lot (off Bowen Island Trunk Road) will remain available for 12 hour parking.

Questions? Please contact Bylaw Services at 604-947-4255.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Applications for the 2017 Bowen Island Community Grants and Grant-in-Aid Program will be accepted until February 28, 2017. You can Download the application form online, or pick one up from Municipal Hall.

Questions? Please contact the Finance Department.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Transportation Advisory Committee aims to improve transportation on and off the Island. The Committee is seeking new members who share that goal, and have energy to commit towards achieving it. Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Consulting with the Bowen Island community about transportation modes, services and infrastructure
  • Working with Municipal staff to ascertain the needs of Bowen residents
  • Providing advice and recommendations to Council
  • Contributing to a monthly meeting, typically Tuesday evenings

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 to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at

Monday, January 30, 2017

In order to determine which water craft are actively being used for recreation, kayaks and canoes must be stored in the community-use storage racks and labeled with the owner’s name and telephone number.

Effective February 15, 2017, any self-propelled water craft left on the beach or in the racks unlabeled will be removed at the owner’s expense.

Questions? Please contact Parks & Environment at 604-947-4255 or

Monday, January 30, 2017

We’d like your feedback on the draft 2017-2021 Financial Plan, which contains our proposed operating and capital budgets and the proposed tax increase for 2017.

Read more

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We would like to thank all residents and businesses in Snug Cove for their patience on January 17 and 24 while crews repaired a major leak in the water line. We acknowledge that this was an inconvenience.

The hole in the water main was leaking 50 gallons per minute (72,000 gallons or 327 cubic metres per day). With this repair, further significant loss of water from the Cove Bay water system has been prevented.

If you are interested in receiving e-mail updates about topics relevant to the Cove Bay water system, including alerts for scheduled maintenance, please subscribe to the Cove Bay mailing list.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Bowen Island Volunteer Fire Department is recruiting new members.

Applicants must:

  • be 19 years of age or older
  • live and work on Bowen Island
  • have a valid BC driver’s license
  • be willing to undergo a criminal background check
  • be available and willing to be called out at any time
  • be willing to undergo training for first responder medical situations, in addition to firefighting

If you are interested in joining our team and serving the community, please download an application form or pick one up from Municipal Hall, then submit your application to or drop it off at Municipal Hall.

The closing date for applications is Friday, February 3 at 4:30 pm.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Islands Trust Council welcomes public comments on its $7.7 million proposed budget for 2017-2018. 

As members of the Islands Trust, Bowen Island Municipality taxpayers contribute a proportionate share of the cost of operations of the Trust Council and the Trust Fund Board as defined by the provincial Islands Trust Act. If the proposed budget is approved, property owners from Bowen Island would together contribute nearly $253,000, an increase of about $30,000 from 2016. Bowen Island’s contribution is determined by a provincially legislated formula.

Public comments received by February 10, 2017 will go to the Financial Planning Committee (FPC), which is responsible for developing the annual budget as well as the overall financial planning and management. The FPC will consider all feedback received by the deadline and make its budget recommendations to Trust Council. Trust Council will also review the public’s feedback, make any changes and approve the final budget at its quarterly meeting March 14-16, 2017 on Gabriola Island.

Read the full News Release 

Monday, January 16, 2017

If you’re an individual, group, or business with a good idea for a community-driven initiative, Bowen Island Municipality wants to hear from you.

We want to help enable small-scale or early-stage collaborative projects and provide guidance on how to get your idea off to a strong start.

Collaborative projects are initiatives intended for public use or participation for community enjoyment and/or service enhancements. To qualify, they must be consistent with the Official Community Plan, meet community needs and have demonstrated support from the community. Some recent examples are the expansion at Bowen Children’s Centre, the new park at Athletic Field and the proposed bike park behind BICS.

Read more

Monday, January 9, 2017

A downed power line is a danger. Stay back and call 911.

Always assume that downed or damaged power lines are live, even if they’re not sparking or making any sound. If you come across a downed or damaged line, follow these steps:

1. Stay back at least 10 metres. That’s about the length of a city bus.
2. Dial 911 and let them know that a power line has fallen or is damaged.
3. Keep others in the vicinity at least 10 metres away.

Read more at BC Hydro

Monday, January 9, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer McGowan has been appointed to the position of Emergency Program Coordinator for Bowen Island Municipality. This is a new position which will assist in developing an Emergency Management Plan for Bowen Island.

Ms. McGowan has been involved with Bowen Island Emergency Social Services in the past, and in her post-secondary education, has also been involved with emergency management planning. We are excited to have Jennifer back on the island and part of our team.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

We understand your concerns about the icy conditions on the Island. This winter has been unusually cold and snowy and we are doing our best with the resources we have to maintain transportation routes. We have seen your questions on social media and hope that the following can provide some answers:

Why hasn’t my road been plowed?

Over the last month there have been several large snowfall events and unusual, sub-freezing temperatures. While the snow is falling, plows work continuously on clearing main routes (including bus routes). Once the snow has stopped falling and the main routes are passable, plows begin clearing secondary routes. Several times this winter, because of the heavy snowfalls, by the time plows were able to get to the secondary and tertiary routes, they had already been driven on and packed down into icy sheets, in some cases melted by rain and re-frozen due to the unusually cold temperatures. Once that condition happens, plows are no longer effective. Crews are now deploying sand in an attempt to improve traction.

There were some areas of the Island that plows could not get to in time because of vehicles parked on the road. Plows need space to manoeuvre and turn around and when vehicles are blocking them, they cannot get through. This is and always will be a fact of winter life on Bowen as our roads are narrow and our hills are steep.

Does the Municipality have salt?

Yes – and we are running out. Most winters we barely need to use any salt. We have an extremely limited amount of salt remaining. At this time, crews are switching to sand to improve traction on areas with thick, packed-down ice.

The City of Vancouver is providing free salt to its residents. Why doesn’t Bowen Island Municipality?

We simply don’t have enough salt available to offer this. Salt has to be shipped in by barge and even our supplier has run out. Vancouver is a much larger municipality and has greater financial and staff resources than we do.

Why are the sidewalks still icy?

According to the Traffic and Use of Streets Bylaw, commercial property owners are responsible for clearing the sidewalk adjacent to their property. Businesses are being contacted by Bylaw officers to ensure compliance with bylaw provisions. Sidewalks adjacent to Municipal land have been cleared.

Parking lots on private property are the responsibility of the property owner to clear, but this is not a provision within the bylaw.

What if business owners don’t have any salt?

At this time, temperatures are remaining below freezing and so if salt is applied to thick, built-up ice, it will only melt into water and then re-freeze overnight. A combination of salt and sand is more effective for this condition.

Just as the Municipality plans for winter conditions, business owners should plan accordingly by ensuring they have enough salt/sand ready for when the snow starts falling and the temperatures plummet. Watch weather forecasts and monitor current conditions. Keep sidewalks clear by shovelling regularly  - don't let it build up - and then applying salt and/or sand once the snow has stopped.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bowen Waste will have a bin for your Christmas tree self-disposal located across from the gas station on Mount Gardner Road until January 16. Please ensure that you remove all tinsel, garland and other decorations before putting your tree into the bin.


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