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

Snug Cove Improvements Working Group

Purpose of the Committee

To identify and carry out steps to improve the visual and functional appeal in Snug Cove through landscaping, community projects and small, community-building measures. This includes identifying needs and strategies relating to residents and visitors to the Cove; informing the public through effective communications; and working with various BIM departments to meet objectives.

Committee Members

  • Councillor Maureen Nicholson, Chair
  • Mayor Murray Skeels
  • Councillor Michael Kaile
  • Councillor Melanie Mason
  • Bonny Brokenshire, Manager of Parks and Environment
  • ?Sophie Idsinga, Communications Coordinator

?To contact the Snug Cove Improvements Working Group please email:

Meeting Videos

Governing Documents

Terms of Reference


May 20, 2016: Improvements to Snug Cove to continue in 2016

Communities in Bloom Sub-Committee

Communities in Bloom (CiB) is a Canadian non-profit program committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with a focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.

Bowen Island participated as a novice in Communities in Bloom (CiB) in 2015, and has registered once again in 2016 to become an evaluated member in CiB. In July, the Island will be evaluated on the basis of tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape, and floral displays. The four sectors that will be judged are Municipal, Business and Institutions, Residential and Community Involvement. Judges from CiB will arrive, tour the Island and provide an evaluation on which we will be rated on "number of blooms".

The Communities in Bloom Sub-Committee is comprised of municipal staff, councillors and volunteer community members:

  • Councillor Maureen Nicholson, Chair
  • Councillor Michael Kaile
  • Bonny Brokenshire, Manager of Parks and Environment
  • ?Sophie Idsinga, Communications Coordinator
  • Hans Behm, Salmon Hatchery
  • Allie Drake, Bowen Island Conservancy
  • Judi Gedye, Bowen Heritage
  • Holly Graff, Garden Gateway Project
  • Kevin Manning, First Credit Union
  • Shelagh MacKinnon, Rotary Club
  • Jacqueline Massey, Bowen Island Arts Council
  • Wynn Nielsen, Tourism Bowen
  • Jennifer Pardee, Bowen Island Community Foundation
  • Sheila Webster, Bowen Garden Club

Meeting Videos:

Communities in Bloom Reference Documents

Volunteer Hours Tracking Form

Communities in Bloom Minutes

January 24, 2017
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April 19, 2016