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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Lions Bay

Lions Bay
Lions Bay is located 10 km (6 miles) north of Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and 33 km (21 miles) south of Squamish on 'The Sea to Sky' Hwy 99.

Howe Sound
Situated along beautiful Howe Sound, Lions Bay enjoys long-lasting sunsets with a westerly view of Gambier, Bowyer and Bowen Islands, with Gibsons and the Sunshine Coast in the far horizon.

Three Distinct Areas
The community is one of the smallest municipalities in British Columbia with around 1,500 people living here in just over 500 homes. The Lions Bay community is divided into three distinct areas called Brunswick Beach, Kelvin Grove and Lions Bay situated on both sides of 'The Sea to Sky' Hwy 99.

Lions Bay General Store & Café
There are just a few services in Lions Bay that include the small general store called the Lions Bay General Store & Café which contains the postal outlet. Besides The Lions Bay General Store & Café there is an art studio plus the Lions Bay Marina. A word of note is that there are no gas stations in Lions Bay.

Exploring Howe Sound
The community enjoys ample opportunities to explore Howe Sound by boat with the Lions Bay Marina located here which offers dry stack boat storage. There are also two other marinas in the immediate vicinity with Sunset Marina just south on Hwy 99 and Sewell's Marina in Horseshoe Bay.

Beach Parks
Local parks that offer some access to the waterfront include the very private Kelvin Grove Beach Park and Lions Bay Beach Park next to the Lions Bay Marina. There is also a community trail called the Pride Path that links the two beach parks together.

Gambier Island
Gambier Island, the largest island in Howe Sound, is just west of Lions Bay and has three large bays situated on the south side. The three bays called Port Graves Bay, Centre Bay and West Bay all make for great exploring in your boat.

Halkett Bay Marine Park
One area on Gambier Island that is close by boat from Lions Bay is Halkett Bay Marine Park situated directly west from Lions Bay. You can easily reach it by powerboat, sailing or by sea kayak. Halkett Bay features wilderness camping, hiking trails up to the top of 614 metre (2,014 feet) high Mount Artaban for unforgettable views and opportunities for swimming and beachcombing.

Brunswick Beach
There is a small beach located 1.5 km (1 mile) north of Lions Bay at Brunswick Point called Brunswick Beach. Brunswick Beach is very secluded and has a great area for swimming with a clothing optional area.

Lack of Parking
The only problem is the lack of parking near Brunswick Beach with most of the available area privately owned and closed to visitors. There is some parking on 'The Sea to Sky' Hwy 99 and you have to walk in, but be very careful of the highway traffic.

'The Lions'
If you do happen to like hiking, make sure to hike one of Vancouver's premier landmark mountains made up of twin peaks called 'The Lions.' Reaching straight up from Lions Bay, the Lions Trail takes you up to some incredible views of Howe Sound taking around seven hours to complete.

Directions to Sunset Drive Parking Lot
You can find the trailhead and small parking lot on Sunset Drive. Take the Oceanview access into Lions Bay off Hwy 99 'The Sea to Sky,' travel towards the store, then turn right on Centre Road, then take a left on Bayview Road, another left on Mountain Drive to a final left on Sunset Drive.

Overflow Parking
Make sure you arrive early especially on weekends and during the busy summer time season if you want to find a parking spot for your vehicle. There is an overflow lot at the elementary school as well as some parking on Sunset Drive south of Mountain Drive.

Bear Safety
Please remember if you are hiking or walking around that there are bears in the woods and nearby surroundings. Please practise proper bear safety habits especially if you are taking your dogs or are in a small group. Another reminder is to let someone know of hiking plans, especially in bad weather.

Accommodation
Accommodation in Lions Bay is very limited with no campgrounds, motel or hotel in the community. There is the Treehouse Bed and Breakfast but, unfortunately, it is only open during the summer season. The nearest campground is located north of Lions Bay at Porteau Cove Marine Provincial Park, which offers only a few drive-in sites.

The Seagull
The community newspaper of Lions Bay, The Seagull is published monthly and is distributed free to all residents.

Road Construction
Please remember to be very aware of possible dangers due to possible road construction when you are on 'The Sea to Sky' Hwy 99. Look for signs of possible road alterations and flag people all the way to Squamish and Whistler with possible washouts due to heavy storm conditions.

Information on Lions Bay

 

 

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Lions Bay Map - Google


Lions Bay General Store
Lions Bay General Store

 

Howe Sound at Lions Bay
Howe Sound at Lions Bay

 

The Lions
The Lions at Lions Bay

 
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