Davies Orchard Planning Study

Help us shape the future of Davies Orchard

A planning study is underway for the Davies Orchard Area in Crippen Regional Park. The purpose of the study is to determine a program for the site and existing buildings, and set priorities for future improvements. Goals include:

  • Improving public access and use of the orchard area
  • Better integrating Davies Orchard into Crippen Regional Park
  • Celebrating the unique heritage of the site 

The program will be developed within Metro Vancouver Regional Parks' mandate to protect important natural areas and provide opportunities for people to access nature.

Project site

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.

Process

During the plannning study, there will be a number of opportunities to provide input on the future of the Davies Orchard site.

Latest Updates

Two concept options were developed and presented to the Regional Parks Committee on April 26, 2017. The report is available here.

A Community Conversation was held on June 17, 2017. The information boards from that event are available in the sidebar.