Current Exhibitions

Explore the exhibitions currently on at the Museum & Archives…

Summer Exhibit 2022 – Totally Bowen

This year’s summer exhibit features displays about several topics in Bowen Island’s history. Here, you can investigate the art of Lieben, check out our capsule exhibit on fishing, and our mini-exhibit on the history of the post-office.

Capsule Exhibit 2022 – Piscatorial Paradise: The Story of Fishing and Derbies on Bowen Island

A poster titled "Piscatorial Paradise," with a background of the dock on Bowen in blue. There are fish on the border, and a polaroid picture of the prize fish beside the dates and times.

Did you know that plankton blooms bring chinook salmon to the south of Bowen to eat smaller fish every spring? Did you know that Bowen used to have fishing derbies every summer, complete with prizes, barbeques, and a Derby Queen? Come visit our capsule exhibit to see the exciting history of fishing on Bowen, and maybe learn a few things about fish yourself!

June Exhibit 2022 – Open Water: Swimming the Strait

A poster with Frances Cannon swimming in the background. The title reads "Open Water," and the dates and times are listed.

Come explore the world of open water swimming with us! This new exhibit features the adventures of marathon swimmers such as Ann Meraw, Marylin Bell, and Frances Cannon. It even includes community loans from contemporary swimmer Jessi Harewicz. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 – 4:00.

Catherine Carter Room

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.


Higgins Cabin

Higgins cabin is a permanent two-room display. Upon entering, visitors can view the collection of logger’s tools commonly used on Bowen Island, from an early wood-framed bow saw to a 1950s chainsaw.

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.

Bowen Island
Museum & Archives

1014 Miller Road
P.O. Box 97
Bowen Island, BC
V0N 1G1, Canada

Fall/Winter Hours:
September - June
Open Tuesday - Friday & Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Admission is by donation

Phone: 604-947-2655