Artifacts act as a benchmark for memory – they make history real. This exhibit explores the changing decades of Bowen Island, from the early days of the Squamish people, to the Union Steamship Company, right up to our modern era. There are over 100 artifacts that represent these significant time periods in Bowen’s history, each telling a unique story. For example, the arrowheads and boiling rocks of the First Nations, tools from the old explosives factory, and the old maps and brochures from the time of Captain Cates all provide a fascinating insight into the past of Bowen Island and what life was like during those days.
This exhibit takes a look at the story behind the object, ranging from tools, photographs, newspapers, maps, clothing, utensils, and much more from the Museum & Archives’ collection. These artifacts let us to peer through a window into the past, allowing for a deeper glimpse into earlier life on the Island. Take a look at a First Nations basket. You might ask yourself – How old is it? Who used it? What is it made of? Each object has a captivating history to reveal.
Come down and let yourself be transported from era to era. An added feature to this is exhibit is the documentary “Objects & Stories”, created and produced by UBC Co-op student Sydney Jung and Kathryn Ney.