Our Bowen Island cabin has been in the Stevens family since 1954. Over 63 years ago this piece of waterfront property was purchased for $1,200 by my aunt and uncle, Geraldine and William Luft. The original 1920’s fishing shack was barged over from Vancouver. There was no running water but rather a pump handle in the "kitchen", we used an outhouse, and bathed in an aluminum tub on the back porch.
In the early years access from Eaglecliff Road down to the house was a deer trail. When we came by car we always parked along Eaglecliff Road and walked all of our luggage and groceries down the trail to the cabin. Sometimes, we came over in my Aunt and Uncles 16’ boat and then packed the goods up the trail to the house. Either way, the adults welcomed the child pack mules.
For many years with no TV or other electronic entertainment we enjoyed the simple life. The family played cards (Swift was my favorite game) and drank hot chocolate made over the wood stove. We caught lots of garter snakes, ran up and down the cliffs, and swam from one dock to the next.
In 1978 the original cabin caught fire and burned to the ground. Even though it was sad that antiques and memories turned to ashes it was a blessing, as the current property was rebuilt to code later that year. Shortly after the rebuild, my Aunt and Uncle sold their Vancouver home and made Eaglecliff, Bowen Island their full time address.
When our Aunt Jerry passed in 2004 we became the 2nd generation to own and care for this beautiful waterfront property. I was advised to sell the property, put the money in the stock market, or buy a vacation property closer to home. But how could I replace over 50 years of exceptional childhood family memories?
It only made sense to create a vacation rental property to share with other families that would appreciate the many special qualities: slow pace, safe environment, and spectacular waterfront setting among a few. The best part is we continue to love our time while staying at our Bowen Island vacation home.
We are thrilled to be creating new family memories and hope the Lazy Bowen Hideaway can be a part of your family history too.
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