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Horseshoe Bay
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 99.

Seaside Village
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.

Howe Sound
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.

Ocean Waterfront
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 wharf.

Whytecliff Park
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.

Glen 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 person basis.

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.

The Troller Pub
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.

Troll's Restaurant
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.

The Boathouse
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
Sewell's Marina has fuel, rents self-drive boats and offers good advice for the local waters along Howe Sound, especially for sport fishing.

Cormorant 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.

Mercury 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 Vancouver.

Information on Horseshoe Bay



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Horseshoe Bay From Hwy 99
Horseshoe Bay From Hwy 99


The Lookout
The Lookout


BC Ferries Terminal
BC Ferries Terminal


Sewell's Marina
Sewell's Marina


Troll's Restaurant
Troll's Restaurant


The Boathouse
The Boathouse


Sewell's Marina
Sewell's Marina


Mercury Launch
Mercury Launch


Government Dock
Government Dock


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