he Grafton Lake Lands are at the centre of Bowen Island, only seven kilometers from Snug Cove. They stretch from the slopes of Mt. Gardner across the valley floor with its lake and up to the Ecological Reserve, comprising an area of 350 acres. Here a new community is now putting down roots.

At the heart of the Grafton Lake project, the new 227-acre Art Rennison Nature Reserve surrounds the lake. It features a trail, leafy lowland rainforest, wetlands and the second largest lake on the island.

Areas to the east and south of the lake will feature small homes, parks, a community garden and small stream as well as access to the rest of the island by roads and a trail network. Snug Cove is only three kilometers away.

To the east of the lake we’ve planted the sunny White Swan Orchard with about 200 fruit trees. Across the road to the south is the Grafton Community Garden, accessible to all who live in the local community and the island as a whole.

Over the next few years we’ll be creating about 101  units of mixed housing, with focus on small homes on small lots. We hope this will help people of all ages, from young families to seniors, to find home in this beautiful area at a price they can afford, and bring together people who cherish the natural setting on this lush island near Vancouver.

Rental housing will be available here, as well as possible neighborhood office spaces and one or more retreat centres. Water will be provided from a brand new water purification plant at the northeast corner of the lands which will also serve the entire Snug Cove and Deep Bay area.

It’s important to us that the Grafton Lake community reflect the values and aspirations of Bowen islanders. Developer John Reid has lived here for decades, and Primex Holdings [new name instead?] has held the property for just as long.

Residents participated in the planning of this new community through workshops, walkabouts and online discussion. You’ll find lots of information about the rezoning process and public input on this site. Going forward we still seek your input about how the residential areas should look.

We invite you to participate in the growth of this special place by joining our mailing list, and if possible express what types of building you want to see in our survey.

We hope you’ll feel as excited about the future of this beautiful place as we are.

Key aspects of the Grafton Lake plan are unfolding:

• 200-acre nature preserve will be publicly owned
• Community will control water source
• We’ll provide lands for a new municipal water treatment plant
• 101 housing units – small houses on small lots
• Approx. 38 units of rental housing under housing agreement with the Municipality
• The large Grafton Community Garden is open and fostering agriculture on Bowen
• About $500,000 in seed funding will be provided for the garden over ten years
• Possible neigbourhood office space
• Possible guest house
• White Swan fruit orchard is open to the public
• Expansion of island trail network beginning
• $1,000,000 to the Municipality in hook up fees for the Cove Bay water system will come over time.

The lowland rainforest and mountain reflect in Grafton LakeView the video now

Fly over and around Grafton Lake in this video. It shows areas within the preserve and provides a little information about how we worked with the public to find a plan to preserve healthy, regionally significant ecosystems while maintaining connections for people and other animals across the valley from the Eco Reserve to Mount Gardner. See the video and learn more here.

The Grafton Lake Rezoning Proposal

A high aerial view of the lake.View the full proposal now

We were pleased with the 2018 approval our proposal for the Grafton Lake Lands which is available for you to download. If you would like to see into the entire process, including articles written during the process and public comments we received, under the ‘History’ tab.

Check us out on Facebook, where you can let us know what you think about what you’re seeing so far. Don’t like FB? You can comment on our ‘updates’ pages as well, or send us an email.

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