Visiting the Happy Isle: A Paradise Playground

On long-term display is our permanent exhibition: Visiting the Happy Isle: A Paradise Playground.

The museum’s permanent exhibition, “Visiting the Happy Isle: A Paradise Playground,” illustrates life on Bowen Island during the late-19th and early-20th century. From the island’s first settler to the arrival of the first car ferry, together our images and artifacts tell a rich story of growth and celebration.


Women in a race at the No. 1 Picnic Grounds in Deep Bay during the Printers Picnic, July 1, 1912.


Items like the Union Steamship crew personal care station owned by J. Edgar Enbright, the 1914 Thomas A. Edison Diamond Disc Phonograph, and the United Church’s second pump organ help place visitors in Bowen’s early resort days. These objects are enriched by first-hand stories from the men and women who used to frequent Bowen’s famous dance hall, which attracted visitors from all over the province.
Tours of both the permanent and summer exhibitions depart at 1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.



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