ALERT: Significant snowfall expected

Significant snowfall is occuring and expected to continue on Bowen Island. Crews are plowing and salting roads in the following order of priority:

-Main roads and bus routes
-Secondary roads, once the snow fall has stopped
-Third-priority roads, after the snow fall has stopped and all other main and secondary roads are passable

Please make room for plows. Vehicles parked on narrow roadsides make it difficult or impossible for plows to get through. There are many dead-end roads on Bowen. If a plow is unable to turn around at the end of a road, it can't clear the road.

Property owners are responsible for making sure the sidewalks next to their property are kept clear of snow and ice, to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians.

Read more about snow and ice removal


We do not offer curbside collection of recyclable materials on Bowen Island at this time.

You can bring your recyclables to Bowen Island Recycling Depot (BIRD) which is operated by Bowen Waste Service with the help of community volunteers. We contract Bowen Waste Services to receive, handle and transport recyclable materials to Metro Vancouver. 

Over the years Bowen Island residents have steadily decreased their land fill waste through actively participating in recycling diversion programs.

Charity program

BIRD offers a Refundables Program to local community volunteer groups to sort and load your refundable beverage containers for transport to Metro Vancouver. The volunteer groups receive the refund monies for their organizations.

General Store bottle depot

The Snug Cove General Store accepts the return of beverage containers purchased from their store for a refund.