Posts Tagged 'Bowen Island'

Bowen’s Extinct Mastodon

In 2017 Guthrie Gloag created a sculpture of a life-size mastodon at a secret location in the woods. I had reason to believe it was somewhere on Bowen Island. One of the adventures I and my hiking friends had one day was a mid-country wilderness search and bushwhack using Google Earth to identify likely locations. Our reward was finding finding the magnificent mastodon.

Land Sculpture of a Mastodon by Guthrie Gloag

Today I read in the Bowen Island Undercurrent that the sculpture is gone. In an open letter to the Undercurrent, Gloag writes that earlier this week he disassembled the mastodon and removed it. He explains:

“Mourn” was a sculpture of an American mastodon, the first species that scientists recognized as having gone extinct. They are fundamental to our understanding of extinction. This art installation was a message of conservation. Let its loss be a reminder of the species that are in peril today, and an opportunity for reflection on how to protect our natural world.

“Mourn” was never meant to last forever; I’m happy that I made it and that people enjoyed it, but it was time. I am at peace with this decision and I hope the community can be too.

Keep on exploring: you never know what you might stumble upon.

– Guthrie Gloag

Five years ago CBC interviewed Guthrie Gloag about his mastodon:

…and now I am curious about Gloag’s last comment, and what new wonders he may have left at other wilderness locations.

Voices in the Sound

Laura agrees to come to Bowen IslandIn 2005 Bowen Islander, Pauline Le Bel, wrote and produced a musical play that told the story of Bowen Island from cosmic history to modern times with the voices of many people, real and imagined. The musical was presented as live theatre on a stage in the open air with the forest of Crippen Park as a living backdrop. It included lots of music from a small orchestra and at least eight original songs. One of the shows was video taped, and this week (at last) it was posted on YouTube. I could embed it here, but it would be more useful if you followed this link. If you enjoy it, please click the thumbs-up button and subscribe — and maybe leave a comment. Doing that will help others to find this gem.

Watch Voices in the Sound

More recently, Pauline has written a book about Howe Sound-Alt’ka7tsem called Whale in the Door. This is a well-researched factual account of this amazing place. Read about the book here.

Sun circles – ice crystals in the sky

At 10:27am last Tuesday I was walking to catch the 10:40 ferry sailing leaving Bowen Island. I mention the time because the sun was about 47º above the horizon. It was a sunny morning with a bit of haze in the sky. The haze must have been caused by high ice crystals because, looking up, I noticed a ring around the Sun. What made it unusual was I could distinctly see part of a second circle that seemed to have the Sun on its circumference and the zenith as its centre. I think it may be called a parhelic circle. The picture doesn’t do it justice because it is just a snapshot with a telephone-camera.

A circle around the sun, and a secondary parhelic circle, as seen from Bowen Island 2019jul09

Recollections of Bowfest 2011

The theme for Bowfest 2011 was ‘Under the Sea.’ Here is a collection of video shots and images of the day. On August 27 the day began with the Run for Rwanda, and then the Bowfest Parade down the main street of Bowen Island. The festival grounds were in Crippen Park adjacent to Snug Cove. It was a sunny mild day. Your reporter spent most of the day at the BowenLIFT Pavilion.

National Park Economic Impact Study presented to Bowen Island

Parks Canada present Economic Impact Study for a National Park on Bowen Island

Parks Canada present Economic Impact Study for a National Park on Bowen Island

On Saturday, 2011 February 5, Parks Canada held an Open House in the gymnasium of the Bowen Island Community School (BICS) to present the results of a consulting firm’s “Economic Impact Assessment ” of a National Park on Bowen Island. The presentation was followed by a lengthy question and answer period. Some of the speakers merely commented and did not have questions. The Open House ran from 1 PM to 3:50 PM PST.

You may listen to the entire event here. This was recorded with a Zoom H1 on the podium. Edited only for fade in/out at beginning and end, and bitrate 96kbps There was a PA system in the room to amplify the speakers.

The audio file is also stored at the Internet Archive. You may download it from that site.

Post edited to add:

You may read or download the PDF of Economic Impact Assessment of the Potential For National Park Reserve Lands on Bowen Island at:


Power Outage for a day on Bowen Island

It was windy on Bowen Island during Good Friday (yesterday). Sometime after 1 PM the power went out. It has gradually been returning to various parts of Bowen today (Saturday). On Millers Landing it was restored sometime after 10 AM but was out again for a while in the afternoon.

Late yesterday afternoon, when the house was cold and dark and the wind raged, I walked down to the nearest stony beach. The walk back up, about 100m vertical, was warming, but by then it was raining and I was wet. I used my camping stove to boil some water for tea. Yes, I did it indoors, and yes, I opened a couple of windows.

Today it is a soft April day with lots of sun. The only evidence of yesterday is lots of debris from trees on the roads and a clear snow-line in the mountains at 3,000 feet.

Three Thousand Foot Snow-line above Snug Cove

Three Thousand Foot Snow-line above Snug Cove

Sounds of Spring in Snug Cove, Bowen Island

7ºC and sunny on Bowen Island. At lunch I walked to an appointment in Snug Cove. On the route home, through Crippen Park, I shot a few frames of video.

The Depths of the Dark Season

Just so I don’t seem to be blogging about only the pleasant weather: here on Bowen Island and south coast of British Columbia we seem to have just 3 seasons: spring, summer, and dark. The Dark Season is from late October to mid February. In other words, Now! The weather is often dark, mild, and raining; or it is nippy and sunny. Last night and this morning it rained hard and continuously. And it has been very dark. It is likely to be a bit  sunny and colder tomorrow.

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Will Bowen Island own water taxis?

The water taxi between Granville Island and Bowen Island will soon cease operations. For islanders who’ve come to depend on this speedy and environmentally preferable commute, this news is disappointing. Not surprisingly, the passengers have complained to the drivers — who love boats and have spent hours exploring what is possible. What if islanders bought (or leased) the boats and contracted an operating company to run them? Tonight, pilots Simon and Scott held an informal meeting in The Snug to explore the possibility with interested islanders. The small restaurant was packed.

A working group has been formed and Matthew Redekopp has agreed to post all of the relevant material, plus possibly a discussion forum, on the web. There is some urgency about this issue so watch for developments.

Our culture, our relationship to the land

I wrote this comment in the forum at I felt that this view should appear here, on my blog, as well. Be sure to visit that site to see what others around here are saying about Bowen Island in the Salish Sea.

For centuries Canada has been dominated by the ambitions of people who came here for all the free natural resources: the free animals (pelts), free fish, free trees, free lands, free minerals, and free fossil fuels.

Now, to maintain our biodiversity, some of us are working to preserve endangered species, the fish stocks are largely depleted, there are no free lands, and hardly even any tall grass prairie, those who mine want the last of the riches in the ground that belong to our grandchildren (and in return pay us with a few years of jobs, some taxes and fees, and an eternity of pollution), and just tour the Province in Google Earth to see the devastation to our forests.

Like it or not, this practice of allowing the exploiters to take all they can is our history and the existing culture. Our ‘economy’ (whatever that means) has grown to depend on it. The owners of these resources (we, the people) live largely in urban areas, and most of our children are growing up not knowing what they own. And you cannot blame governments for letting the companies have these resources because some temporary funds will flow into the treasury, a few people are employed for a while, and the urban crowd who don’t see the consequences won’t have to pay for some of the government’s services with higher taxes.

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