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Meet your Bowen Island Neighbours: Ashleigh and Kane Murray

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 Ashleigh & Kane Murray
For meet your neighbours

When did you come to Bowen?

We came to Bowen from Cloverdale in May of 2018 with our four-year-old son and our dog.

How did you come to be here?

We spent our first weekend on Bowen in 2014, when our oldest son was about a year and a half old. 

We stayed in a beautiful cottage over on Eaglecliff and watched the sunrises, the ferry going past, enjoyed the beaches and trails and that was when we decided that this would be a great place to raise our family. 

I had also felt a connection to Bowen, as my grandparents used to have a cottage here and my dad spent summers here as a child. At the time, we were partway through renovating our home and weren’t quite ready to make the move. 

Fast forward a few years and we started coming over to look at houses and lots for sale – every time we came over it totally poured with rain. 

Even so, we kept coming back and we fell in love with a forested lot with a beautiful twisted stump…we were looking to move closer to the water, nature and community, and so, in early 2018 we decided we were ready to take the leap. 

We purchased the lot and built our home and were also blessed to have our second baby that year.  Another factor was that we had planned for our son to start school with IDLC in Surrey, so it worked out well that he got to start his kindergarten year here on Bowen with IDLC.  

Where on Bowen do you live?

King Edward Bay

Fill the ferry lineup gap or don’t fill the gap?

It depends on how far back the line up goes, makes room for more if the gaps up front are filled….

Where’s your favourite place on Bowen?

Hard to pick just one, we feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful place, any beach or trail with a view.

What’s your favourite Bowen fact or story?

Again, it’s tough to pick just one, but what always seems to get me is how people really help each other out here.  

Every time I hear a story of someone helping someone, or Bowen stepping up as a community to help, it puts a big smile on my face.  

We appreciated the meal train SO much when we had our second baby and that was the first time we had ever heard of something like that…just really makes us so happy to live in such a place!

What’s something Bowen Islanders have in common?

Love of nature and outdoorsy stuff- also living in a smaller community.

What do you do for fun these days?

Hiking together and obstacle courses in our yard.