Cape Roger Curtis

Lone arbutus

One of the things that makes me feel lucky to be living in Vancouver is enjoying so much natural beauty within easy access of the city. Bowen Island is one of my favorite places to take a day trip when I need to get away. I think I’ve been there four or five times now, and every time I find something new to discover.

My last trip to Bowen was on the Victoria Day Weekend with a small group of friends. We went to there to explore an area of the island called Cape Roger Curtis. It was a lovely day of wandering through the woods on very easy trails, and we were even able to spot seals from certain points along the water.

The beacon

From their website: Cape Roger Curtis is a 649-acre expanse of rugged forested slopes, valleys and coastline at the southwest corner of Bowen Island. The Cape property has remained in private ownership for over 100 years, without habitation or development, except for extensive logging about 50 years ago. With its 2.3 miles of shoreline, abundant wildlife, and network of informal trails, the Cape property has been enjoyed by local residents and visitors over the decades. The area includes some environmentally sensitive areas and several rare plant species. The views to the south and west are spectacular.

The sad part is that time is running out on the natural beauty of this area of Bowen. In August of 2004 the property was purchased by developers interested in building a sixty lot subdivision on the land. Local residents and special interests groups such as the Cape Roger Curtis Trust are working with the current property owners to try and preserve as much of this environmentally sensitive area as possible. I do hope it works out, but I’m always skeptical of developers having nature’s best interests in mind. in the meantime why not make a day trip and see it for yourself.

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