The Cape Roger Curtis conservation area

This photo was taken at Cape Roger Curtis Lot 21, looking West.

A successful outcome

In October 2019 we started on a journey, after learning that funding for land acquisition would be available from private souces, towards establishing a 32 acre waterfront conservation area at Cape Roger Curtis. And on December 16th we took posession of the 32 acres, after negotiating the offer to purchase in mid-October. Our much-desired waterfront conservation area at Cape Roger Curtis is a reality!

The lots in question, 20, 21, and 22, are extremely beautiful. Whales swim past just off the lichen-covered cliffs, a little way from a peaceful forest. Conservation status will protect the rare coast bluff ecosystem that’s present, and make it possible to remedy the damage done by preliminary development activities.

Where are the lots?

The exact location of these lots and the conservation area is shown on the map below.

Map showing conservation area at Cape Roger Curtis
Map showing location of the proposed park at Cape Roger Curtis

Can we visit the conservation area now?

We have not yet established trails or erected any significant signage. We encourage you to wait until further notice before visiting, but if you do go, please stay on the driveways and building pads that are there. Do not walk on the cliffs, which are very environmentally sensitive areas and easily damaged. Remember: “You can travel, but only on the gravel”.

How will the land be made into a conservation area? What will be done with the driveways and building pads that have been built on these lots?

As we move forward we look forward to working with the Bowen Island community to decide how best to transform the land into a conservation area. We are putting a management plan in place, and developing a trail plan. As well, we need signage, and a shoreline viewing platform to protect the sensitive vegetation on the cliffs by the sea. And, we need to decide how to perform remediation to return the land to its natural state where development has occurred. All this will take time and money, and volunteers: we hope that this will be a true community effort.

Thoughts from our donors

“We are grateful to be a part of the campaign to create a new conservation area on Bowen. We were touched by the commitment and dedication of the people involved in making it happen.

We hope the new park will create a lot of wonderful memories for everyone who visits and will generate a lot of interest in the Bowen Island Conservancy’s work.”

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Walking to the waterfront at Cape Roger Curtis park
Walking through the forest down to the water (July 2020)
Looking at the ocean
A view from the Cape Roger Curtis conservation area, looking at the ocean
Looking out to sea
Looking out to sea at Cape Roger Curtis (October 2020)
Looking East from the cliffs at Cape Roger Curtis
Looking East from the cliffs at Cape Roger Curtis. Downtown Vancouver is not far away (October 2020)
Looking West from the cliffs at Cape Roger Curtis
Looking West from the cliffs at Cape Roger Curtis. Texada Island is far off in the distance (October 2020)
An otter at Cape Roger Curtis
An otter on the rocky foreshore