The Davies Orchard site is located in Crippen Regional Park. It was planted as an orchard by William Davies in the late 1880s; the fruit was sold to Bowen Island residents -- and shipped to Vancouver. Later, in the early 1900s, Davies rented tents to island visitors. In the 1920s, a number of rental cottages were built.
The current Davies Orchard site measures about 2.3 acres (0.9 ha) and includes open space, road access, pedestrian access, young heritage-variety fruit trees and 10 cottage buildings, in varying states of repair.
During the plannning study, there will be a number of opportunities to provide input on the future of the Davies Orchard site.
In the coming months, an assessment of the Davies Orchard site and buildings will be carried out by a team that includes a landscape architect, heritage planner, structural engineer and contractor.
That assessment, along with input gathered from the community on June 4, 2016 will inform the development of options that we’ll share with the public in Winter 2016/2017.