Explore life & real estate options on Bowen Island, B.C.



The homes in this beautiful hilltop setting above Snug Cove are designed to echo the island’s heritage. Most homes nestle on sloping treed properties, taking full advantage of magnificent views of Howe Sound and the North Shore mountains.

Cates Hill Village is within walking distance of many amenities or services (the location of each amenity/service below is shown on the map above).



1Rivendell Heights.  A total of 12 single-family lots in 2 phases are SOLD OUT, and homes are under construction. All of these homes boast magnificent views of Mount Gardner, Killarney Lake, Gambier Island and the Sunshine Coast.

All homes are serviced by Municipal water, Municipal sanitary sewer, Municipal storm sewer, paved roads and “out of view” underground electrical, telephone, and cable services.

2Lands for Rezoning. For some time now, Bowen Island has been seeking diverse and affordable alternatives in its housing mix. The remaining lands on Cates Hill are the subject of a rezoning application. The proposal will include single-family and multi-family homes, live/work complexes, an array of rental properties, and local gathering spaces.

3Shops, cafes/restaurants, services in Snug Cove along Bowen Island Trunk Road. Marinas. Public library. General Store sells groceries, vegetables/fruit, household items, and liquor. ATM. Courier service. Notary Public.

4BC Ambulance Station. Provides dispatch/non-emergency, plus 24-hour emergency service to Bowen Island.

5RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Station. Provides non-emergency, plus 24-hour emergency service to Bowen Island.

6Bowen Island Museum & Archives. Since 1967, the Historians have been collecting information about the history of people and places on Bowen Island. They also have exhibits. For more information, see their website.

7Village Square. A commercial/apartment complex. Pharmacy. Post office. Whole foods market. Bank. Sushi take-out. Pet supplies store. Book & toy store. Bakery. Beer & wine store. Real estate offices. Hair dresser. Doctor’s office. Geriatric psychiatrist. Local newspaper office. Computer support. Accounting services. Marijuana sales. Rental apartments.

8Municipal Hall. The hub for local government services. Public works (water, sewer, storm sewer, roads, solid waste disposal, public wharves, trails, etc.). Planning & building. Community recreation. Administration. Finance. Bylaw enforcement. For more information, see their website. Between the Municipal Hall and Village Square are three buildings that contain 1-bedroom/studio, 2-bedroom+den, and 4-bedroom rental units.

9Bowen Island Community School. Started in 1893. Kindergarten through Grade 7. It’s a “community” school, so its facilities (including gym) can be used by the community in late afternoons and evenings. All young children can enjoy its playground. For more information, see their website.

10Artisan Square. A commercial/apartment complex. Retail shops. Health practitioners. Art galleries. Restaurant. Chocolatier. Bowen Island Montessori School. Gym. Hair dresser. Veterinarian. Artist studios. Music and dance lessons. Professional services. Martial arts. Yoga studio. Rental apartments. Short-term rental suites. For more information, see their website.

11Tir-na-nOg Theatre School. Since 1988. Provides year-round courses in theatre arts education to young people. Each year produces a Festival of Plays, a 2-month celebration featuring student performances of complete plays. For more information, see their website.

12Rivendell Retreat Centre. At the top of Cates Hill, Rivendell is open to small groups and individuals who are seeking spiritual renewal, respite and growth. It is accessible to people with limited resources and special needs. For more information, see their website.

13Automotive Repair Shop. A family business since 1977, at this location since 2001. Work on all makes and models of vehicles. All types of repairs.

14Bowen Children’s Centre + Bowen Island Family Place. Bowen Children’s Centre has three foci: preschool, community daycare, after school club. It’s a resource for young families. For more information, see their website. The lower floor of the building is occupied by Bowen Island Family Place, which connects families and supports family life on Bowen (for more information, see their website).

15Cates Hill Chapel. A church with Christian Brethren roots. The building has great acoustics, and is often used for musical concerts and events — it is also used for community gatherings/meetings. For more information, see their website.

16Island Pacific School. Founded in 1995, this independent school has focused exclusively on meeting the educational needs of adolescents in Grades 6-9. Small by design, IPS is a community of students and teachers exploring enriched programming that fosters critical inquiry, community engagement, and leadership. For more information, see their website.

17Gas Station. You don’t have to leave Bowen Island to get gas or propane for your vehicle! Bowen Fuels, who operate the gas station, also provide fuel service to homes and businesses.

18Recycling Depot + Knick Knack Nook Re-Use-It Store. The Bowen Island Recycling Depot (BIRD) has been operating for almost 20 years. Volunteers have shaped it into one of the most cost effective recycling centres in the province. For more information, see their website. The Knick Knack Nook was started in 2009 as a way for Bowen Islanders to donate things they weren’t using so that others could use them — another way of recyling. For more information, see their website.

Trails & Parks. Cates Hill has been designed around trails that connect with nearby parks. Some of the trails are already in place and are being enjoyed. Others are still on paper, but coming. Cates Hill is a beautiful place to walk and hike. The Cates Hill trail network connects to other island trails (see the map at the top of this page). For example, from one of the Cates Hill trails you can walk through Crippen Park and along the waterfront. Then from the lagoon you can continue along the salmon ladder to the waterfalls and then to the hatchery. You can continue around Killarney Lake, and even up to Honeymoon Lake. You can always save a hike to the top of Mount Gardner, the highest point on Bowen Island, for another time.

The Cates Hill Neighbourhood Association exists to promote and foster the special interests of the Cates Hill neighbourhood and to help form neighbourly bonds.

Click here for a history of Cates Hill.

Note: Prices and descriptions of real estate on this website are subject to change without prior notice. E&OE.

Cates Hill Village enjoys spectacular views, and is within walking distance of many amenities.

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