Meet your neighbour: Michael Eden
When did you come to Bowen?
We stayed at the Morrits’ house on Eve Road in 1972 on Bowen Bay, for half a week or a week.
We moved here around 12 or 13 years ago. We were living in Eastern Ontario and originally, the plan was to stay there in the winter and come here in the summer. We discovered that it’s a long commute, back and forth. You could drive it in three days and then rest up for a couple of days, or you could do it five days and not rest up. So we decided stay. We were living on Windjammer when we moved here. We thought it was a little small so then we moved to where we are now.
You’ve already rather answered it but how did you come to be on Bowen?
We knew about Bowen by visits to Vancouver but when we were looking for a place over here, in the first summer, we were just going to rent and look around. We put ads in different papers, places around Vancouver, and we only had one reply. And that was from Bowen. That was on Collins Lane. So I suppose that was the first summer we stayed here.
Where on Bowen do you live now?
Fill the ferry lineup gap or don’t fill the gap?
I probably get incensed if I see someone filling the gap, but at the same time it makes sense, as long as they’re not budding in where they shouldn’t be. But if there’s a gap, yeah, fill it. It makes more sense than leaving a space.
What do you like about Bowen?
We live in a great neighbourhood. All of our neighbours are friendly and helpful. There are fun neighbourhood get-togethers.
We are close to walking trails, close to the ocean. The many moods of the ocean continually amaze us. We spend many hours watching the ocean.
What’s keeping you going during COVID-19?
Looking forward to kayaking in the summer.
Where do you like to kayak?
Around Tunstall Bay. I’m not that adventurous. I go out to Pasley Island sometimes if it’s calm.