Stroll across the lawn and into the Catherine Carter Room on the ground floor of the Museum & Archives building. There we have two galleries, one containing our permanent exhibition and the other rotating between a four month long summer exhibition, a remembrance day display and a Christmas/year-end exhibition.
Our permanent exhibition, “Visiting the Happy Isle, a Paradise Playground, 1900 – 1958,” explores Bowen Island’s unique history as a picnic and entertainment destination.
Also on display is the history of Higgins Cabin itself, from the land that was once owned by Union Estates to its development by Bert Higgins and the eventual renovation and restoration by the Bowen Island Historians. Looking into the bedroom, visitors can see how Bert Higgins might have lived as a logger in 1948. The refrigerator and cook stove are both powered by kerosene, as was common before electricity came into general use on Bowen.
On July 6th 2013 the Higgins Cabin was dedicated to the memory of Eric Lawson. In 1997 the cottage was scheduled to be torn down when Eric recognized its value not only as a display facility, but also as a heritage building. In this way, the cabin now stands as a testament to Eric’s passion for conservation but also as a symbol of Bowen’s rich past.