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Phase 2 launch breaks sales records

August 11, 2012

Sixty-five per cent of the Cape on Bowen's Phase 1 has been sold, with only five estates remaining of the original 14. Phase 2 launched in May, with a record-breaking purchase price of $4.38 million for one estate. read more

A Value Comparison: Vancouver West vs The Cape on Bowen

Posted July 31, 2012

A "collaborative outcome-focused approach" is what the Urban Development Institute believes Brian Jackson brings to Vancouver's planning activities. read more

Take your pick: oceanfront or forest view?

Posted July 31, 2012

Imagine waking up each morning in your architect-designed home to views of the southern Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast. read more

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Road Access at The Cape on Bowen

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On summer days Bowen is a popular tourists’ destination because of its proximity and abundance of beaches, trails, parks, and lively Snug Cove village. The main road in Snug Cove can become quite busy during ferry offloading and onloading. However, generally, the system of roads, ferries, and water taxis works well.

With only 59 estates in total, the Cape On Bowen is not anticipated to add a significant burden of traffic to the road system on the Island.

Primary access for the Cape on Bowen is from White Sails Drive, with secondary access via Dee Cee Road. Neither road is near the existing nature reserve, and this road access was successfully addressed in 2010 with the approved subdivision of the property. Bowen municipal council has signaled its commitment to road maintenance by approving a sizeable budget increase for improvements and upkeep.

The Cape's 618 acres, previously called Cape Roger Curtis and privately owned for the last century, was purchased in 2004. For Don Ho and partner Edwin Lee, the Cape was years in the making: consulting with Bowen Island municipality, conducting environmental impact studies and moving forward at a cautious pace out of respect for the community and the legacy that this land will leave.

Untouched for 50 years, local residents used the area as their playground for hiking, and some were nervous they would lose access, even though the property had always been in private ownership prior to The Cape on Bowen’s ownership. Understanding the beauty of this land and the community legacy it will leave for future generations, the Cape built a one-kilometre waterfront public-use trail complete with bridges and a spectacular cantilevered walkway overhanging a rockface and facing the sunset. It has also built an internal forest network of trails that connects to the cross-island greenway, and creates access to the Huszar Creek waterfall.

The Cape has built public parking near the waterfront trail that takes hikers to the iconic Lighthouse and its road system provides the public with more access to this iconic landmark. The Roger Curtis Beach, which used to be difficult to access, is now opened up as a popular amenity. All of the Cape’s residents and the island’s couples and families enjoy idyllic, quiet picnics here. It has become a place where dogs and kids – even horses - play in the ocean.

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