News and Notices

Monday, September 25, 2017

Please note the Tax Sale scheduled for Monday, September 25 has been cancelled.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Bowen Island Municipal Council is seeking a member from the Bowen Island Museum and Archives to serve on the BIM Heritage Commission for a two-year term with the following areas of knowledge or interest:

  • Local heritage conservation
  • Architecture, planning and design
  • Landscape architecture and horticulture
  • Building construction
  • Business and tourism
  • Nature conservation
  • History

Volunteer commitment comprises four meetings per year in addition to subcommittee participation. Learn more about BIM Committees of Council and the Heritage Commission.

To apply, please fill an application form and submit it to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at by Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 4:30 pm. You may also obtain a paper copy at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Special Waste clean up days are back this fall!

Dump Day
Saturday, October 21, 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, October 28, 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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Do you live on waterfront property, or have an interest in shoreline protection and ecology?

Using natural design approaches, the Green Shores method is a cost-effective, sustainable solution to erosion and flooding, and can turn freshwater or marine waterfronts into vibrant, living shorelines.

  • beautify waterfronts with native vegetation
  • make shorelines more accessible
  • increase habitat for native birds, fish and other wildlife
  • facilitate permit approvals

We invite you to join this free workshop for property owners, local government, real estate agents and others interested in shoreline protection. You will learn about basic shoreline ecosystem principles, visit shorelines to consider the concepts in a practical setting, and learn about the benefits of your shoreline being Green Shores certified.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Municipal Hall
981 Artisan Lane

This event is free, but space is limited. Please register online.

Questions? Please contact Carla Skuce, Parks & Environment Coordinator at 604-947-4255 or

This workshop is brought to you by:

Bowen Island Municipality, Islands Trust, Gambier Local Trust Area, the University of Victoria – Continuing Studies, Green Shores and the Stewardship Centre for BC


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Recreation and Community Services Commission is pleased to announce Council’s adoption of the Community Recreation Plan that will inform decision making for Recreation and Community Services on Bowen Island over the next 10 years.

Wednesday, September 6, 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, August 30, 2017

We have received notice from BC Hydro that they have scheduled a power outage for all of Bowen Island on Thursday, September 14, 2017 between 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. This is necessary to continue the work they have been doing all summer to replace the sub-marine cable. Ultimately this work will improve the reliability of Hydro service on the island. BC Hydro has notified their customers by telephone and/or e-mail message, and will deliver notices to all Bowen Island mail boxes. 

Municipal Hall will be open

Municipal Hall will remain open for our regular hours of operation on September 14, but please note the following:

  • The telephone system (604-947-4255) will not be operational after 2:00 pm. Please see emergency numbers below.
  • We will be unable to reply to e-mails until the following business day (Friday, September 15).
  • We will be unable to process payments after 2:00 pm.

How to reach us if you have an urgent issue

If you need police, fire or ambulance: 9-1-1

To report a water or sewer emergency (major leak, damaged water main): 604-834-0770

To report a roads emergency (fallen tree, major road damage): 604-834-0770

Emergencies requiring bylaw enforcement (found dog, sinking boat): 604-328-5499

Questions about Fire Danger rating: 604-329-8097

Ferry schedule may be affected

BC Ferries has advised that the power outage may affect afternoon sailings from Snug Cove Terminal. The ramp will need to be powered by the generator on board the Queen of Capilano, so hook-up and detachment of power cables may cause delays to departure from Snug Cove which will accumulate through the commuter sailings.

Read the Service Notice

Monday, August 28, 2017

Applications for the 2017 Fall Grants-in-Aid Program will be accepted until September 30, 2017.

Application forms and information about Evaluation Criteria and the Community Grants/Grant-in-Aid Policy can be found online or in person at Municipal Hall.

Questions? Please contact the Finance Department at 604-947-4255 or

Monday, August 21, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Along with annual summer maintenance, there will be several projects undertaken by public works and outside agencies that will affect roads and traffic on Bowen Island this summer. Some projects are dependent on weather and/or contractor availability, so dates may not yet be confirmed or may change. We’ll post updates here, on the alerts page and the BIM facebook page as they become available.

Questions? Please contact Public Works at 604-947-4255 or

Please click the image below to view the PDF document

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 3, 2017

In the 2017 Island Plan, Council committed to support diverse housing initiatives, with the goal of making Bowen Island a welcoming, long-term home for people of varying income levels, lifestyles and age groups. One of the initiatives currently underway is a proposed building that would contain a health care facility and rental housing at 980 Dorman Road. The proposal would require rezoning the property via bylaw.

Council remains strongly committed to a rental building and health centre, as initially proposed. The following resolution was adopted unanimously by Council at its July 24, 2017 meeting:

“That Council direct staff to advise DK Harris Properties:

  1. That the 90k contribution to Health Centre Foundation from the Community Grants fund as requested by DK Harris is not feasible;
  2. That Council would be pleased to consider a grant application directly from the Health Centre Foundation for support of its proposed facility; and
  3. That Council support the project of 980 Dorman Road as rental apartments and a health centre facility.”

The resolution has been forwarded to the applicant, D.K. Harris Properties. Further public process will include a public hearing and third reading of the bylaw, if the Municipality can proceed with the rezoning as currently drafted. If the applicant wishes to amend the rezoning application as recently indicated, the current bylaw in process would have to be rescinded and a new application submitted.

For further information, contact:

Kathy Lalonde
Chief Administrative Officer
Bowen Island Municipality

Monday, July 24, 2017

Many households on Bowen Island get their water from private wells. Islands Trust is presenting a FREE workshop for Bowen Islanders to learn about:

  • Groundwater and your well
  • How to protect your water source
  • How to test and treat your well water

Thursday, August 10, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Municipal Hall

If you are concerned about your well going dry, worried about well water safety, or just interested in groundwater, this workshop is for you.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is looking for a volunteer to join the Recreation and Community Services Commission (RCSC). In addition to advising Council on activities regarding recreation and community services on Bowen Island, the Commission will be instrumental in the implementation of the Community Recreation Plan, recently adopted by Council.

If you have an interest in health and wellness, youth advocacy, community services or recreation, please apply to serve on the Recreation and Community Services Commission.

To apply, please fill in an application form and submit it to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at by Monday, August 21 at 4:30 pm. You may also obtain a paper copy at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane.

Learn more about BIM Committees of Council the Recreation and Community Services Commission.

If you have any questions, please contact Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk, at 604-947-4255 or at

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Snug Cove Sewer Local Management Committee (SCSLMC) is seeking a new volunteer member.

The SCLSMC is a management committee that reviews the operating and capital budgets for the utility.

Volunteer commitment comprises approximately two meetings per year.

To apply, please download a committee application form and submit it to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at by Monday, August 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm. You may also obtain a paper copy at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In summer 2017, Bowen Island Municipality was advised that BC Timber Sales (BCTS) intends to pursue industrial-scale logging of five areas of the Crown lands of Bowen Island.

We have created a page on our website to keep members of the public up to date on the Municipality's involvement in this proposal and will continue to update it as the process unfolds.

Read more

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We were disappointed to learn on July 17, 2017 that the BC Court of Appeal upheld the appeal of Zongshen (Canada) Environtech Ltd. v. Bowen Island Municipality (2017 BCCA 267) and has instructed Bowen Island Municipality to issue a building permit for the docking structure at Cape Roger Curtis lot 14 subject to minor conditions. Please click HERE to read the decision.

Work has already started on amendments to the bylaws that preclude further moorage applications in the Cape Roger Curtis area.

-Mayor Murray Skeels

Monday, July 17, 2017

Representatives from the Vancouver Aquarium will be visiting Bowen Island for the unveiling of the new interactive Whale Trail sign at Cape Roger Curtis. Join us for a conversation about the Whale Trail, local species, and the BC Cetacean Sightings Network.

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cape Roger Curtis Beach (aka Pebble Beach)

Questions? Please contact Carla Skuce, Parks and Environment Technician at 604-947-4255 or


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When you’re passing by Grafton Lake this summer, you may notice a new structure sitting by the dam just off the side of the road. This container, expected to be fully installed mid-July, will house a mini water purification system that will serve as a pilot project to establish whether a proposed water treatment technology – ceramic ultra-filtration membrane process – will effectively treat Cove Bay water.

The overall goal of the project is to help provide clean, clear and safe drinking water to the more than 600 households that use the Cove Bay Water System.

The project was set in motion earlier this year when Bowen Island Municipality received a $3,890,367 grant from the joint Federal/Provincial Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Component. The grant represents a 2/3 share of the cost of the full-scale water treatment plant.

The pilot project is expected to be operational until the end of November, during which time water samples treated with the ceramic ultra-filtration membrane process will be analyzed, and municipal staff trained on the operation and maintenance of the system. The ceramic ultra-filtration membrane process – a technology developed in Canada – filters out bacteria, pathogens and organic matter in the water.  This means less chlorine is required to be added to the water in order to meet Vancouver Coastal Health Authority’s Drinking Water Treatment Objective.

If the ceramic ultra-filtration membrane process is determined to be successful, Council will move forward with construction of the full-scale water treatment plant in 2018.  In fall 2017, Council will consider options for funding the municipal 1/3 contribution to overall project costs.

Read the Media Release

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has received notice from Western Canada Marine Response (WCMRC) that they will be conducting field work in Howe Sound the week of July 17 to July 21. As part of the field work, two vessels and boom will be used to test shoreline protection strategies. The work will be focused on Gambier Island and Bowen Island (see map below). Crews may access the shoreline to attach the protection boom.

Any questions about this field testing may be directed to Michael Lowry of WCMRC at or 778-991-0003.

Read the full notice

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality recognizes that community non-profit organizations contribute to the wellbeing of the citizens of Bowen Island. Some organizations deliver a service that typically would be provided or supported by the municipality in other jurisdictions. These organizations may apply for a Community Organization Core Funding Service Agreement to deliver a community service. The application will be taken into consideration for the 2018 budget.

The deadline to submit an application is July 31, 2017.

Read more

Wednesday, July 12, 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

Monday, July 10, 2017

BC Hydro crews will be back later this summer to complete work on the new submarine cable installation project. In the meantime, the trail has reopened and we can get back to the beach!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

There will be a referendum on August 19, 2017 for Bowen Island electors to decide whether Bowen Island Municipality can 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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Summer is finally here! Which means that dogs are not allowed on Tunstall Beach, Sandy Beach and Bowen Bay Beach for the months of July and August. On the other beaches, please make sure your dog is under control at all times.

Read more

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is updating the 2007 Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA), and is seeking input from the public and subject matter experts.

The purpose of Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA) is to help community leaders make risk-based choices to address vulnerabilities, mitigate hazards and prepare for response and recovery from emergencies. A completed Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA) provides a comparison of any risks that may exist within a community. A ‘risk’ is a combination of a hazard or threat impact and the likelihood of its occurrence. The HRVA report is the foundation document for any community emergency program. 

Please contact Jennifer McGowan, Emergency Program Coordinator if you wish to contribute to the HRVA update. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Islands Trust Council announced the recipients of the 15th Islands Trust Community Stewardship Awards at its June 22nd meeting on Lasqueti Island. Trust Council recognized four individuals and four groups from among 18 nominees for their support for the Islands Trust’s mandate to protect and preserve the Trust Area and its unique environment and amenities.

Bob Turner of Bowen Island was recognized in the individual category for raising awareness and promoting conservation of Howe Sound. Everhard van Lidth de Jeude received the Enduring Achievement award for 30 years of fostering ecological sustainability.

Read the full news release


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