The Cape Roger Curtis lands comprise 650 acres of undeveloped land and almost 4 kilometres of untouched waterfront in the southwest corner of Bowen Island. The Cape is a one-of-a-kind place in the Lower Mainland, with a long, wild shoreline, unfettered by large houses, docks, boats, and buzzing power lines.
Cape Roger Curtis contains many diverse species, some of which are not found elsewhere on Bowen Island or in the Lower Mainland. These species are part of a unique ecological system that must be protected both for their inherent value, and for the goal of reducing the effects of climate change on our island and in the greater region.
Development status and future outlook
In 2004, these lands were acquired for development. The new owners have investigated and proposed a variety of development plans, and have been granted a development permit for 59 large lots, subject to a variety of conditions. It is not certain, at this stage, whether they will continue with this approach, or whether there is still the opportunity to save some of the Care Roger Curtis lands, without splitting them up, for future generations.
The Bowen Island Conservancy will continue to support all efforts to maintain the maximum amount of the Cape Roger Curtis lands in their natural and unfragmented state.