Horseshoe Bay is located in the north-west border of West
Vancouver around 44 km (28 miles) south of Squamish
at the start of the 'Sea-to-Sky' Hwy
Horseshoe Bay is a small seaside village that mainly follows the
waterfront along Bay Street. The village has a number of businesses
that include cafés, restaurants - The Boathouse and Troll's
- a service station, some convenience and variety stores, ice cream
shops, Blenz Coffee, Starbucks
and the Troller Pub.
Horseshoe Bay is directly across from Snug Cove on Bowen
Island and is situated at the entrance of Howe Sound. For travellers
also located here is the BC Ferries Horseshoe Bay Terminal and this
is where you can catch a ferry across Howe Sound to either Bowen
Island, Langdale near Gibsons or across
Georgia Strait to Departure Bay Terminal in Nanaimo.
Located along the waterfront is the pedestrian entrance to BC Ferries,
Horseshoe Bay Park and The Lookout, a facility that offers a Visitor
Centre and small coffee shop. There are also a number of dock facilities
for pleasure crafts which include Sewell's Marina and a government
Horseshoe Bay is also home to Whytecliff Park, a recreational area
that has some great SCUBA diving opportunities. The beach area at
Whytecliff also features a small island just situated offshore.
At low tide you can walk over to the island where the panoramic
view, sunbathing and wildlife viewing potential is really good.
Eagles Public Golf Course
There is also a public golf course called Glen Eagles situated at
Horseshoe Bay offering a 9-hole course that pretty well every kid
from the North Shore has played. The course is very popular during
the summer months with tee off times arranged on a first-come, in
Other outdoor recreation at Horseshoe Bay includes sea kayaking
or swimming at Blink Bonnie Beach in Larson Bay Park, hiking up
Black Mountain on the Baden-Powell Trail to either the Lions or
Cypress Provincial Park, walking along the quiet streets, skiing,
snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at nearby Cypress
Bowl or travelling to Whistler and nearby Pemberton.
For adult entertainment, pub food and refreshments, try visiting
Troller Pub where a lot of the locals hang out and it has great
outdoor seating that look out onto Bay Street. The Troller offers
a great facility with a good selection of ales and lager beers plus
a large selection of craft beers on tap.
If you are catching a ferry at Horseshoe Bay and not in a hurry,
the original Troll's Restaurant is located here. Right on Bay Street,
Troll's Restaurant is very famous for fish & chips, is right
across from the BC Ferries Terminal, and has a beautiful setting
of the waterfront and ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay.
Another favourite that is situated right next to Sewell's Marina
along the water is The Boathouse, which has fine dining and features
a covered deck with beautiful oceanfront views and is open all year
round. The building that the Boathouse is in features some wooden
carvings by famous Nisga'a First Nation artist, Norman Tait.
Sewell's Marina has fuel, rents self-drive boats and offers good
advice for the local waters along Howe Sound, especially for sport
Marine Water Taxi
For a scheduled Bowen Island destination and other Howe Sound locations
for charter, there is also Cormorant Marine Water Taxi with their
office in Snug Cove on Bowen Island.
Launch & Tug Ltd.
If you are travelling throughout Howe Sound, besides BC Ferries
there are also water-taxi services available. Mercury Launch &
Tug Ltd., offers scheduled service to Gambier
Island, Keats Island and offers
charters for the rest of Howe Sound.
If you would like to stay the night in Horseshoe Bay, there is accommodation
at the Horseshoe Bay Motel situated on Royal Avenue, only a short
walk from the ferry terminal. There are also a number of bed and
breakfast outlets located in the near vicinity and the rest of West
on Horseshoe Bay