A pleasant, secluded seaside community located at the gateway to Howe Sound and a major BC Ferries terminal to Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Bowen Island. The quaint town centre and waterfront promenade is complemented by a small marina, pretty parks and great views of the surrounding islands. The biggest challenge in living in this community is putting up with the constant flow of tourists, and listening to the foghorn blasts from the departing ferries.
Horseshoe Bay is a West Vancouver community of about 1,000 permanent residents. Situated right on the western tip of West Vancouver, at the entrance to Howe Sound, the village marks the western end of Trans Canada Highway #1 on the British Columbia mainland (locally known as “The Upper Levels Highway”). And is accessible by Upper Levels Highway exits 1 &2. Horseshoe Bay is about 20 km NW of the city of Vancouver via the Lion’s Gate Bridge, and 30 from Burnaby via the Second Narrows Bridge.
Whytecliff is a pretty neighbourhood on a point that overlooks Howe Sound, where residents can watch the ferry come and go and a pretty neighbourhood park on the water. Glen Eagles is a seaside community away from the hustle and bustle of Horseshoe Bay, and probably best known for its golf course. Gleneagles is an interesting community, with most homes on the hillside between Marine Drive and the waterline. All have great views of the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound.
To the east of the Gleneagles Golf Course is the community of Fisherman’s Cove, where the homes are above Marine Drive, which here runs along the side of a cliff overlooking the cove and its marina. Eagle Harbour is a community built above and below Marine Drive, with some waterfront properties fronting on Fishermans Cove on the west or on Eagle Harbour to the east. There are a number of small islands just offshore.
Best known for its ferry terminal, the pedestrian-friendly village of Horseshoe Bay is also known for its quaint cafés, seafood restaurants and boutiques, and the marina.
The area is mostly residential, with light commercial zoning along the waterfront of Horseshoe Bay. The closest shopping is the Caulfeild Village Shopping Centre (Headland Drive & Upper Levels)., though the nearest large shopping mall is the Park Royal Shopping Centre, just before the Lions Gate Bridge.
The area is best known for its access to the BC ferries and access up the Sea To Sky Highway (99) to Whistler. Horseshoe By has not only its beautiful waterfront, but also Whytecliffe Park. Kids will enjoy the skatepark located beside the fire hall on Marine Drive. Golfers can go to Gleneagles Golf Course. Beautiful Bowen Island is only a 20 minute ferry ride. The closest skiing is at Cypress, literally, up the road.
Horseshoe Bay Attractions
Horseshoe Bay Village
Various locations in Horseshoe Bay
Horseshoe Bay Village is a charming area with shops, restaurants, and services. It’s a great place to explore and grab a meal before or after a ferry ride.
Horseshoe Bay Park
Bay St, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2H4
This small park in the heart of Horseshoe Bay offers waterfront views, benches, and a playground. It’s a great spot to relax and enjoy the scenery.
7120 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2T3
(3 km east of ferry terminus)
Located just a short drive from Horseshoe Bay, Whytecliff Park is a popular spot for scuba diving, picnicking, and enjoying the stunning views of the coastline.
Gleneagles Golf Course
6190 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2S3
This public golf course offers scenic views of the ocean and mountains. It’s suitable for golfers of all skill levels.