News and Notices

Monday, January 8, 2018

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 Thursday, February 15 at 4:30 pm.

Monday, January 1, 2018

No registration necessary. Bring the whole family.

A map of the 15 publicly available AEDs can be found here.

To find out more about our Emergency Management Program please go here.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Bowen Island Recycling Depot (BIRD) will once again provide a bin for free disposal of Christmas trees. Please ensure all decorations are removed prior to dropping off your tree in the bin.

When:   December 27 - January 4

Where: Parking lot outside BIRD on Mt. Gardner Rd

Friday, December 22, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

Compensation Review Consultant Services

RFP# 2017-HR001

Bowen Island Municipality (BIM) is seeking proposals from a suitably qualified Consultant to work with the Municipality to conduct a market compensation review of all positions within the Municipality that are consistent with identified comparator communities within British Columbia.

CLOSING DATE: January 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Queen of Capilano is undergoing regular maintenance between January 3 and February 4, 2018. During this time, BC Ferries will service Bowen Island with the smaller Bowen Queen.

There are a few extra options to help commuters during this time.

Read more

Monday, December 4, 2017

All self-propelled water craft, such as kayaks & canoes, must be stored in the storage racks and labelled with the owner’s name and telephone number effective December 31, 2017. Unseaworthy boats and those not actively being used will be removed.

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

Friday, December 1, 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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has obtained a Licence of Occupation for Mannion Bay, which means that we are moving forward with the plan to restore environmental and community well-being to the area.

Together with the Use of Beaches and Water Areas Bylaw, we will be carrying out enforcement in two phases.

Read more

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dangerous road conditions can be created by the discharge of water, dirt and gravel from private property onto public roads. Culverts under private driveways and next to roads often need to be cleared at this time of year to make sure water can flow through. Property owners are responsible for controlling runoff onto roadways from their property, and for maintaining culverts.

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

Public Works

Friday, November 24, 2017

Metro Vancouver will invest an estimated $2.1 million in the revitalization of Davies Orchard.

At its meeting on November 24, 2017, the Metro Vancouver Board voted unanimously to support Concept 2:  Heritage Focus, and directed Metro staff to proceed with detailed design and implementation. 

This option retains and restores six heritage cottages in Davies Orchard. The plan includes amenities like bookable public space, a nature trail and stewardship area, a nature experience area, a picnic shelter and seating, better access for seniors, and a potential electric vehicle charging station. Metro staff will work with local experts on development of interpretive displays, orchard expansion, and cottage rebuilding.

Metro director and municipal councillor Maureen Nicholson acknowledged that this project is an emotional issue for some Islanders. “This outcome is a compromise, and it’s also a gift to our community and the region. I’m pleased that Metro Vancouver has assumed greater responsibility for its property in the heart of our village.”


November 24th Metro Vancouver Board Meeting Agenda

Davies Orchard Planning Study


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is strongly advising owners of vessels moored in Mannion Bay to remove their boats from the bay for the remainder of the winter season. Mannion Bay is not a safe moorage area at this time.

Winter weather conditions in Howe Sound vary greatly from year to year. This year we have seen wind patterns shift from strong Squamish to equally strong south-easterlies. As they change course, very strong and sustained winds blow directly into Mannion Bay, often accompanied by torrential rainfall.

There have been five incidents in recent weeks that have resulted in sunken boats and over $25,000 in losses to the owners of the vessels. So far this season, Bowen Island Municipality has spent about $11,000 on mitigating the environmental impacts of boats in the bay.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is requesting applications of interest in the following on-call services:

Ice Patrol (Temperature Dependent): 3:30 am start or as required, Monday - Saturday; 4:30 am start or as required, Sunday & Holidays.

Snow Removal (Weather Dependent): Anytime, as required

Those interested in either or both of these services are asked to provide a driver’s licence abstract directly from ICBC (1-800-663-3051) to BIM by fax at 604-947-0193 and to provide a written response by email, regular mail or in person to:

Rachel Pryce-Jones, Public Works Clerk
Bowen Island Municipality
981 Artisan Lane
Bowen Island, BC   V0N 1G2

A one day paid training will be provided upon acceptance. Thank you.

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.

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.

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