Residence Construction Postponed

The recent surge in construction costs has forced the postponement of the start of construction of Snug Cove House. The 178 households who generously pledged $338,000 towards the building of the seniors’ residence will now not be asked to turn their pledges into real money. The $12.2m loan arranged by BC Housing is still valid and can be taken up later.

The Society is currently reviewing its options and still hopes to build the residence. Meanwhile the Society will continue to operate its other programs such as the Better Meals free distribution service, Community Meals, and the Seniors’ Hub information service for seniors, and will be pleased to accept donations for all its activities.

Snug Cove House will be a supportive residence for islanders who want to stay on Bowen Island, remain involved in the community, connected to family and friends, and be able to access assistance if and when needed, thereby extending their independence.

Snug Cove House is an initiative of the Snug Cove House Society, a non-profit charity dedicated to the well-being of Bowen seniors. Now our plans are very close to being realised!

The 33,500 SF Snug Cove House seniors’ residence is planned, the Miller Road building site is largely ready for construction, and all services are connected. Securing financing is the next phase to bring Snug Cove House to completion.

As of March 2023, we have received a major portion of the funding needed, but with a condition —we must quickly find the rest of the money for the $17,600,000 cost of construction.

It’s a large sum: $2,100,000. Don’t be put off by the big numbers though—anything you can contribute will help to persuade other funding agencies that the community is behind the project.

Your contribution is as a pledge, redeemable, with a tax receipt, only when we have enough for construction. Simply send an email  to, or use the contact form on this website, with something like: "I pledge $______ towards the construction of Snug Cove House."


We expect that the residence will open its doors 18 months after construction begins, welcoming individuals and couples to 24 independent rental suites and spacious social and dining facilities. We’re hoping for a grand opening in 2025.

For more information or to place your name, or the name of a relative, on our Waiting List, please  Contact Us.