Exhibit explores ferry history
The Bowen Island Community Museum’s doors are now open seven days a week, and the museum invites all community members and visitors to pay us a visit.
The upcoming summer exhibit features the introduction of the car ferry onto the island. Ferry memorabilia, artifacts, and photographs open dialogue on the ferry’s effect on island culture, and spark discussion on different issues like population growth, water consumption, and development.
The rapid cultural changes that took place beginning in the 1950s raised concerns for residents and visitors about preserving the island’s natural beauty and serene seclusion, while still remaining a close place of refuge from the city. The exhibit features interactive activities, a multimedia presentation, and plenty of enticing objects.
One such photograph, above, features ‘Cappy’ Reid, a well known character cutting the ribbon for the inaugural run of the MV Bainbridge, Bowen’s first car ferry. The ribbon cascades down toward the foreground of the photo and you see above your head the same banner which is laid in front of Captain Reid’s feet.
Perhaps the exhibit will strike up memories from the days of old, or incite new interests in the fascinating history of the island. Whatever it may be, we at the museum would love to be your destination for a voyage into Bowen history. The museum is by donation, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Feel free to stroll through the exhibit, ‘Higgins’ our historical logger’s cabin, or do some research of your own in the archives.