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.


  • For more information contact

    West Area Parks​




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.


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

Next Steps

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.