Stroll across the lawn and into the Catherine Carter Room, on the ground floor of the Museum & Archives building and features new exhibitions. The Catherine Carter Room is open for the summer and features two exhibits. Our permanent exhibit, “A Look Back – The Union Steamships Era,” explores the history of Bowen from 1890-1963, when the Steamship Company maintained a large presence on the island.
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.