What We Do.

Island Solar Films has been providing home owners and businesses on Vancouver Island with the best in safety, sun control and security window films for the glass in your home or business for over 20 years.

We are committed to assuring your complete satisfaction with the window films that we install. Our factory trained technicians complete each installation with care and dedication - they make sure the job is done right and on time.

Island Solar Films is an industry leading installer of Sun-Gard window films. Sun-Gard solar films and Glass-Gard safety and security films are respected around the world. Island Solar Films uses Sun-Gard products because they are backed by the industry’s state-of-the-art research laboratory and computer monitored manufacturing facility.

Ask us about window tinting, window films for heat retention and heat rejection, window films that reduce fading and give added security to your Vancouver Island home or commercial building.

Island Solar Films is fully insured and bonded.


The Island Solar FIlms Story

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The Bonner Family Era (1988-2010)

Island Solar Films was started by the Bonner family, who moved from Alberta to Vancouver Island in 1988, settling down in the Nanaimo area.

In 1990 Mary Bonner started installing film both in commercial buildings and residential homes under the name of Island Solar Films. Products included solar films, decorative films as well as security films.

Mary ran a very nice clean business and won the respect of many in her trading area that had expanded to the majority of the Island communities. Mary ran Island Solar Films for 21 years before deciding to settle into retirement in Nanoose Bay with her husband Dick Bonner.

In the late fall of 2010 the ownership of Island Solar Films changed when Don and Terry Coldwell bought the business from Mary.

The Coldwell Family (2010-Present)

When Don and Terry Coldwell purchased the business they had the company registered, and the name changed to Island Solar Films Ltd. at that time.

The Coldwell’s continue to build on the business reputation that Mary had created and developed with her customer base. Once Don and Terry felt that Island Solar Films Ltd had built a nice smooth flowing business they started looking for other offerings that could compliment the film business. They had been asked a number of times why they didn’t offer window coverings as well, as they were already treating the windows with film products.

So in 2014 Terry started selling from a home base business window coverings that would fit the commercial and residential market place. As time passed the window covering sales increased and was doing well as an addition to Island Solar Films Ltd.

Then in 2015 the Coldwell’s started looking for other products that would work as part of their marketing package to offer their customer base. They decided to pursue the Retractable Screen Door Market and reached an agreement to become a distributor for Mirage Screen Systems. This has proved to be a very good business partnership as well and now as of October 2018 Island Solar Films has become the Costco dealer for the Mirage products from their Nanaimo Store location.

In 2018 Don and Terry decided to separate the product lines under a new identity, so they formed a new company Paradise Shades and Blinds Ltd. In July of 2018 Paradise moved from a home base company to a store front located at 504-6581 Aulds Road in Nanaimo BC. Today Don and Terry run both Island Solar Films and Paradise Shades and Blinds Ltd from that location.

Island Solar Films Ltd is now back to as it originally was started as a Film Product company, handling all film application products that cover the market place needs from Victoria to Port Hardy and West to Ucluelet and Tofino.

The company has grown from a little home based business to a healthy stand alone company, still under the ownership of Don and Terry Coldwell. They look forward to helping all of their customers new and old with the best products and service in the industry.

Our Team

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Don Coldwell


Don Coldwell is a certified solar & security window film / mirage retractable screen systems installer with 8 years of experience. Prior to owning Island Solar Films and Paradise Shades and Blinds Ltd. with his wife Terry, Don worked for 20 years in sales & management for a heavy equipment & trucking company.

With a team of factory trained technicians, Don sees that each project is installed with care, dedication, and is on time. 


Terry Coldwell


Terry grew up working in a family-owned retail business and has approximately 50 years experience in retail. After raising 3 children and moving back to the Island in 1992, Terry also worked as a bookkeeper while Don and Terry were self employed.

Terry has 5 years experience in blind sales, first as a home based business under the Island Solar Films name, and now as Paradise Shades and Blinds Ltd. Terry enjoys meeting a variety of people & being able to help them make the correct choice for their wants & needs for either their home or business.