8. Bridal Veil Falls

8. Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls (8) is up the stream from the Lagoon. It used to feature a stylish bridge. The bridge is gone, replaced with a fish ladder to help spawning salmon get up the creek. Based on 1937 map.

The Japanese Bridge

Look to the back of the Lagoon to Killarney Creek that feeds into the Lagoon. Upstream above the falls was the site of the Humpty Bridge.

Koga, the gardener employed by Captain Cates, and his crew built the graceful Japanese style bridge that spanned Killarney Creek at the top of the falls. Known locally as the Humpty Bridge, it connected with the Bridle Path, rustic, cedar rail-lined walkway that ran along-side the creek to the outlet of Deep Bay.

Further down the creek, the Lagoon Bridge crossed over to the No. 3 Picnic Grounds. Look for the footings of past bridges above and below the falls.


The Old Powerhouse

On the right hand side of the lower creek the concrete footings of the old powerhouse can be seen. Killarney Creek was dammed above picturesque Bridal Veil Falls in Captain Cates’ time to supply water for a hydroelectric generator. Its supply, however, was limited. During the Union Steamships era, each evening an employee turned a wheel that allowed water to flow into the generator. For a few hours, cottagers had a light in the living room and could listen to evening Causeway provided pleasant evening strolling. At 11:00 p.m. the process was reversed and the power was turned off for the night.

An a-frame canvas tent, an outdoor wooden stove, a man in a bwler hat and woman in early 20th century dress in the woods on Bowen Island BC

The Alder Grove Trail

At one time, charming summer cottages lined the many trails in this area. The paths were named Spruce Crescent, Hemlock Hill, Alder Grove and Alder Trail. The forest bustled with happy sounds and movement of the happy vacationers who passed delightful days on Bowen. Children explore the woods and streams, played games, fished and swam.

A group of Edwardian men and women sit stiffly in a big group including kids beside a fancy tent

The Duck Pond and Bridge

The Duck Pond was formed when Killarney Lake was dammed to supply water for the powerhouse in the early 1900’s. Captain Cates made scale models of his steamships and floated them on the pond to the delight of local children. In 1925, a new wooden bridge, known as the Duck Pond Bridge, provided the first sturdy and convenient crossing at this site.

A wooden bridge across the middle of the lagoon with spoked arches in the middle like giant half wagon wheels