Cape Roger Curtis is the jewel of British Columbia's Bowen Island—the magnificent, 255 hectare wilderness behind 3.7 km of Bowen's south and west coasts, encompassing coastal bluffs with a mosaic of Arbutus, Seaside Juniper, and wildflower meadows; coniferous and deciduous forests; riparian areas; and mussel and eel grass beds offshore.
Though only a 20 minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, this island property at the mouth of Howe Sound is blessed with high wildlife and plant diversity. It is home to plant communities which are rare in British Columbia, and supports a variety of threatened, endangered and locally rare species.
It is also a place that, for generations, has drawn naturalists, hikers, and kayakers from far and wide to study its ecology, ramble its forest trails, and enjoy its magnificent coastline. Although private property, the prior owners allowed the public to use the land at their own risk. Now, after a hiatus of two years, the current owners have allowed the public to do so once again.
The community of Bowen Island has a passion for Cape Roger Curtis. That's why in 2002, when faced with the sale of the property for development, the the Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society (CRCTS) was established to find ways to preserve as much of this magnificent natural heritage as possible.
Currently, the land owners and the Bowen Island Municipality are engaged in a comprehensive rezoning process: a critical time for citizen participation. The Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society has drafted a Parks Proposal for Portions of Cape Roger Curtis and Crown Parcel 6, Wild Coast Plan 2.