What was the Trust Society?
The Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society (CRCTS) was formed out of the Bowen Island Conservancy in November 2002, for the purpose of preserving and protecting as much as possible of the Cape Roger Curtis lands as parkland. It was formally incorporated under the British Columbia Society Act on January 13, 2003.
On August 27, 2004, Cape Roger Curtis was purchased by the Cape Roger Curtis Joint Venture (now known as The Cape on Bowen Community Development Ltd.). The original single lot of 631 acres was eventually subdivided into 10 acre parcels. By the Fall of 2011, a substantial amount of infrastructure had been built, and several of the 19 lots in the Phase I development had been sold.
At its Annual General Meeting on May 21, 2011 (after much debate about what possible future role it might have), the Board and membership of the Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society voted to formally dissolve. Since the Trust Society website contained a wealth of material on the Cape, the Bowen Island Conservancy agreed to incorporate the majority of pages into this website in order to preserve this valuable source of information and background, for use in future conservation issues.
What is Cape Roger Curtis?
Before it was developed, Cape Roger Curtis was the jewel of British Columbia’s Bowen Island: a magnificent 255 hectare wilderness on 3.7 km of Bowen’s south and west coasts, encompassing coastal bluffs with a mosaic of Arbutus, Seaside Juniper, 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, Cape Roger Curtis was blessed with high wildlife and plant diversity. It was home to plant communities which are rare in British Columbia, and supported a variety of threatened, endangered and locally rare species.
Cape Roger Curtis is 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.
When the land owners and the Bowen Island Municipality engaged in a comprehensive rezoning process, the Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society drafted a Parks Proposal for Portions of Cape Roger Curtis and Crown Parcel 6, Wild Coast Plan 2.
- Fall 2009 update
- Legal Opinion on CRC Subdivision Application
- Parks Canada Initiative – Fall/Winter 2009
- Disappointment: The Owner’s New Proposal for Cape Roger Curtis
- Cape Trust Society praised for quality of work
- Fifty-eight-lot subdivision application for the Cape shouldn’t be on the table
- Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society Launches Wild Coast Plan 2
- CRC Plan Beyond Comprehensive
- Bowen agleam in red and green
- Wild Coast Plan 2
- Why environmental inventories are insufficient for conservation planning: Comments on the 2008 PGL report on CRC
- Four-legged friend or foe? Dog walking displaces native birds from natural areas
- Mitigating and adapting to Climate Change through conservation of nature
- CRC writer ignored biological issues
- Cape Roger Curtis Biophysical Summary
- Overview Environmental Inventory
- Success Stories Show Park at Cape Roger Curtis Not Impossible
- Council Resolution Defining the Public Interest in Cape Roger Curtis
- Follow up from Dr. Karel Klinka’s Assessment of the Cape Roger Curtis Property
- Ecological Assessment and Considerations in Developing the Cape Roger Curtis Property
- CRC Trust Society makes clear its position
- Trust Society comments on Neighbourhood Plan of September 2008
- Trust Society Comments on Ekistics’ Preliminary Neighbourhood Plan and Implementation Options
- CRC Transportation Study Points to the Need for an OCP Review
- It’s all in the numbers-–hundreds of houses are just too many
- Council encouraged to instate DCCs
- Developers should be held to task
- Walk Your Talk Inside and Outside
- CRC developers upped ante unacceptable
- Transparent or veiled?