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The Great Howe Sound Recovery

Howe Sound is home to vibrant communities, strong economies, and stunning nature, which attracts locals and visitors alike. The David Suzuki Foundation and the Coastal Ocean Research Institute held an evening session on May 4th, to watch four short films

The revitalization of Mannion Bay

The Bowen Island community and government agencies—including the Bowen Island Municipality—are working together to restore socioecologic and socioeconomic integrity in Mannion Bay. Below, you’ll find a short video about progress on the revitalization of this Howe Sound gem, Bowen’s “marine

What lands are protected on Bowen Island?

Ever wonder exactly what is protected on our Island? One way to find out is to look at the Islands Trust Fund’s (ITF) Parks and Protected Areas data, which is a helpful resource that’s regularly updated. You can view the

Speaker series: Squamish River Watershed Society

Our 2016 Spring Speaker Series wrapped up with Randall Lewis, President of the Squamish River Watershed Society and Environmental Co-coordinator with the Squamish Nation. Randall talked about the Squamish Nation and their presence in this area, and the Society’s work.

Speaker series: Green Shores initiative

Our 2016 Spring Speaker series continued on March 5th, 2016, with a presentation by DG Blair, about the Green Shores initiative. DG holds a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and a M.Sc. in Environmental Education and Communications. As Executive Director of

Exploring options at Quarry Park and Bob’s Knob

Quarry Park and Bob’s Knob are beautiful places in their own right, but also form part of an extensive trail network that eventually leads to the Fairy Fen Nature Reserve. As time passes, though, nature takes its course and trees

Speaker series: 2015 UN Climate Change Conference

Our 2016 Speaker Series continued with a presentation by Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada, and a fellow at Simon Fraser University. Merran is a member of the B.C. government’s Climate Leadership Team, and the City of Vancouver’s Renewable

Minutes of our Board meetings

We are going to post the minutes of each of our Board meetings on this website, once they have been approved. If you would like to see what the Board is working on, the minutes will give you insight into

We’re on Facebook and Instagram!

We have a couple of new ways of keeping in touch: Follow our Facebook page, and Follow “bowenislandconservancy” on Instagram

“Green Legacies: A Donor’s Guide to BC” now available

Giving to nature through a personal legacy is a choice that directly contributes to conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat. Over twenty kinds of green legacies are available to increasing the amount and quality of land available to nature. Green

Help identify areas of special natural interest

We have been contacted by Jeremy Howe, of the Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee, who asked us to post the following: The Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee has begun an initiative to identify areas of special natural interest

2015 Annual General Meeting

The Conservancy's 2015 Annual General Meeting was held at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 28th, 2015, at the Bowen Island Community School (1041 Mt. Gardner Road).

We hosted the Elders Council for Parks in BC

On a beautiful August 13th we hosted a group of members of the Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia, who visited the Island to hike around Killarney Lake. We met the group at the Community School and headed off

Report on the Grafton Lake (“Rennison”) Lands now available

The Conservancy is very interested in the development proposal put forward by John Reid for the lands around Grafton Lake (also knows as the “Rennison Lands”). Members of the Board, and several members at large, have participated in the walks

Oystercatchers are nesting: do not disturb

Now is the time when Oystercatchers are nesting on the coastal islets around Bowen Island and elsewhere in Howe Sound. This year the only nesting site close to Bowen Island that we are aware of is on Onion Island, close

Speaker series: Garibaldi Park—Alpine Jewel of Howe Sound

On Saturday, April 18th, our 2015 Speaker Series wrapped up for the summer with a presentation by Bob Turner. About the Park Garibaldi Park has the most accessible, most diverse, and arguably most beautiful alpine landscapes in the Vancouver region.