Explore Horseshoe Bay WV
Although best known for its ferry terminal, providing access to Nanaimo, the Sunshine Coast and Bowen Island, Horseshoe Bay has a spectacular setting and natural harbour, with an abundance of shopping, dining options and waterfront activities. This picturesque village is a tight-knit community, with only 1,000 residents residing there. An extremely family-friendly area, with lots of nearby schools, Horseshoe Bay is a perfect place to build a home.
Located at the entrance of Howe Sound, 20km northwest of Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay is the gateway to Nanaimo and the Sunshine Coast, as well as marking the start of the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The village also marks the western end of Highway 1 on the British Columbia mainland.
This attractive seaside village is a great place for all kinds of households, from individuals and couples, to families and retirees. Families are marginally the largest group (38%), compared to couples (37%) and singles (25%). Families in the region typically have one child living at home, with the majority being young children. Home ownership in Horseshoe Bay is high, with a split of 82% owners to 18% renters among those living in the area.
Detached houses are the most common in Horseshoe Bay, with many homes being built pre-1980. Due to its magnificent views and seaside location, Horseshoe Bay is also a popular area for developers, with plans for a major waterfront redevelopment expected to revitalize the community.
With Horseshoe Bay having a waterfront location, recreational activities in the area are largely ocean-related, and include fishing, boating, and marine wildlife viewing, as well as land activities such as hiking and golf. Horseshoe Bay’s waterfront also features a marina, shops, restaurants, pubs, and a park and playground at the water’s edge for the kids to enjoy. Other attractions nearby include scenic Howe Sound and the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Whatever your preference, you can enjoy Horseshoe Bay’s tough to beat views.
The Horseshoe Bay waterfront in particular has a good selection of restaurants. A few popular restaurant options include Troll’s Restaurant, serving world-famous fish and chips, Italian restaurant, Bay Moorings, Olive & Anchor and the Boathouse Restaurant. Most restaurants on the waterfront have patios, perfect for summer drinks when catching up with friends and watching the sun go down. There are also some great coffee shops in the area, including The Good Karma Cafe, Seaside Village Cafe and The Lookout Coffee House.
Horseshoe Bay is packed with lots of unique gift shops and boutique stores, including Dayal’s Variety Store, Lalli Loves It and Presence Trading Co. Spirit Gallery is also worth a visit featuring a fantastic collection of West Coast Native Art from renowned and emerging artists. Convenience stores in Horseshoe Bay include Bay Market and Bayview Convenience, as well asSubway, Freshslice Pizza and Baskin Robbins. The closest grocery store outside of Horseshoe Bay is a 7 minute drive away.
Gleneagles Chaxay Elementary School on Marine Drive is the closest to Horseshoe Bay, which can be accessed via car in 5 minutes, or by walking in just over 10 minutes. Rockridge Secondary is the closest high school, just over a 5 minute drive from Horseshoe Bay. Other nearby schools include Caulfeild Elementary, Mulgrave School, which boasts the International Baccalaureate program, and West Vancouver Secondary, all of which are less than a 10 minute drive from Horseshoe Bay.
With Horseshoe Bay being located where Highway 1 and Highway 99 meet, it’s easily accessible by car from both downtown Vancouver and the Sea-to-Sky Highway. It also serves as the ferry terminus for BC Ferries, making it easily accessible to and from Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Bowen Island. Of course, you can also board the ferry by foot if you would prefer, with Horseshoe Bay perfectly suited to pedestrian traffic.