Last updated: March 10, 2014 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: September 29, 2012

Belterra Cohousing

(Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2009  Established: 2015
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name:
  • Phone: 604-240-1036
  • Address:
    726 Belterra Road
    Bowen Island, British Columbia,
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Attend an information meeting. Become an Associate Member by paying a small fee which entitles the prospective member to participate in community meetings. If still interested, they would have a confidential meeting with Belterra’s project manager to discuss finances and determine eligibility for a mortgage. If the individual or family decides to proceed, they would make a down payment, have decision-making power and select their home from those remaining.

Mission Statement:

sustainable diverse community

Community Description:

Belterra Cohousing is more than 75% sold! Our vision of sustainable island living (just outside of Vancouver in British Columbia) has captured the imagination of a diverse group of people, from 9-year old Sam (son of Kat and Cam) to retired UBC professor Paul. We are drawn to the outdoor splendor of Bowen Island, as well as our commitment to environmental stewardship and cooperative decision-making.
If you visit the Belterra Cohousing Website, you can learn more about the talents and interests of our members (“Who We Are”), find out about the next Belterra informational meeting, and see renderings of the five buildings that will grace our 10 acres with 30 energy-efficient homes overlooking Howe Sound and the Canadian Coast Range.
Or, find us on Facebook and sign up for our monthly eNewsletter, The Belterra Buzz.
In November, the bare slope began to sprout with the first signs of construction. Completion of the first of our five residential buildings is expected by November 2014.
At meetings, we find ourselves laughing a lot and enjoying the process of designing a community that includes community gardens, a 3,500 sf common house, greenhouse, workshop and children’s play areas. The homes and other facilities are BuiltGreen to Gold standard and have in-floor radiant heat. Each household may have up to “eight legs” for pets – that is two dogs, two cats, or one of each. There is a fairly strict non-smoking policy. We can rent our units, but aim to create a stable, imaginative and interesting community of families (and individuals) who will be partners in creating a culture of community.
The Belterra Mission Statement: To create and sustain an evolving community that embraces respect for a diverse group of ecologically accountable and socially responsible people.


  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Small Town
  • Area: 10 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Additional Comments: Belterra is bordered by 40 acres of municipal parkland and privately held lands that are mostly open space

    FIve buildings with a total of 30 units, with seven different floor plans

    30 units in five buildings, plus a common house, gardens, workshop and greenhouse. Planned completion of residences in stages, between October 2014 and February 2015 final completion.

    Please visit the Belterra website to meet us and consider attending an information meeting

    Including indoor and outdoor kitchen, guest rooms, lounge with wood burning fireplace, dining room, child play area and activity rooms.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Members must qualify for a mortgage or live on Bowen Island and qualify for a “non-market” rate home in the community.

    $100 to become an associate member and access all group communications


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.

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Video Gallery

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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Building
  • Year construction was (or will be) completed: 2015
  • Shared common building: Yes (3346 square feet)
  • Architect: Mobius Architecture
  • Developer: Cohousing Development Consulting www.cohousingconsulting.caand Burtnick Enterprises
  • Commercial Lender: Northshore Credit Union

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Canadian Co0housing Network


sustainable, green, intentional, children, art, music, ecovillage, environment, collaboration,

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.