While the biggest reason for a visitor to head out to Horseshoe Bay might be the ferry terminal, the picturesque community of just 1,000 year-round residents is worth a trip all on its own. In addition to being the West Coast ferry terminus for BC Ferries going to Vancouver Island, Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast, the little village located at the entrance to Howe Sound is also the starting point of the Sea to Sky highway, one of British Columbia’s most notable attractions. The coastal highway winds along the coast through Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, offering world-class views of the region’s unique evergreen islands and tall mountains.
Although Horseshoe Bay is mainly a bedroom community for nature-loving Vancouverites, it does offer a variety of unique shops, bistros, and a pub. The marina is home to boats big and small, and with the ocean at your feet and the North Shore mountains at your back, the outdoor opportunities are boundless. Charter a fishing trip, take a guided nature excursion by boat, rent a kayak and paddle around Howe Sound, or hike up to the mountaintop for unparalleled coastal and city views. On the weekends, Horseshoe Bay is also a popular spot for cyclists pedaling along the Sea to Sky highway (or ending their ride with an espresso at one of the village’s independently owned cafes).
Horseshoe Bay is located right on the western tip of West Vancouver at the entrance to Howe Sound. The village marks the western end of Highway 1 on British Columbia’s mainland as well as the southern end of the Sea to Sky Highway. It is about a 15-minute drive north to Lions Bay from Horseshoe Bay, and a 30-minute drive southeast to downtown Vancouver.