How quiet is too quiet?


Bowen Island ferry
The Bowen Island ferry off to the island

I was amused by reading that Bowen Island, the beautiful island just minutes from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, is thinking about introducing a ban on objectionable noise on Sunday’s. This would limit noise from construction sites and major equipment. I understand that the traditional Sunday noises of lawn mowers and weed whackers would still be allowed.


Bowen already has bylaws that restrict noise to 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends. These proposed new measures are aimed to keep Bowen a peaceful haven, away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Vancouver.

Now it happens that one of our daughters was at a party on Bowen on Friday night. She tells me that the police turned up at the party. Not because the party was getting out of hand but because the police were bored. In her words “there was nothing going on in the rest of Bowen”.

You might have to stretch your imagination for this but the cops stayed for an hour. They chatted with the party goers, though they did not drink with them. They only asked that their pictures not be uploaded to facebook! That’s modern policing.

I felt that the cops did a god job because one reason for their extended stay was that they got involved in a competition between their breathalyzer and a store-bought one that one of the party goers had. They seemed happy enough to help with testing the accuracy of the store-bought gizmo. Their public service proved that the store-bought gizmo was not all that accurate.

When they left the cops wished the birthday girl a happy birthday – over the tannoy on their cruiser! (Quietly of course – this is Bowen).


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