Explore Howe Sound
If you’re looking for a place to call home that offers a mix of both nature and amenities, Howe Sound is a great choice. Vancouver’s backyard playground for outdoor activities from sailing and fishing to camping and hiking, Howe sound is a rapidly growing area with exciting opportunities, offering residents all this and more. Explore its natural beauty and find your newhome at Howe Sound, West Vancouver.
Howe Sound is well known as being an area of high ecological significance, home to a large proportion of BC’s mammals, breeding birds and freshwater fish. But it wasn’t always like this, having previously been polluted by waste compiled from the Britannia Mine during the early 1900s. In 1998, after a dedicated community clean up, marine wildlife began to return to Howe Sound and made it the rich and bio-diverse fjord it is today.
The mouth of Howe Sound is situated at the Strait of Georgia between West Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast. A triangular shaped sound, it’s open on its southeast towards the Strait of Georgia, and extends 42 kilometres to its head at Squamish. The larger communities in Howe Sound include Bowen Island, Gibsons and Langdale on the Sechelt Peninsula, Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay on the eastern shoreline and Squamish located at the head of the Sound.
Homes situated in the West Vancouver region of Howe Sound are generally detached single-family homes, many of which offer waterfront views. Howe Sound is also a popular area for families due to its close proximity to schools and recreational activities.
Detached houses are the most common in Howe Sound, many of which are home to a growing number of families in the West Vancouver region. Due to its magnificent views and oceanside location, Howe Sound is also a popular area for developers, with many custom-built waterfront homes being redeveloped. Contact me to find out more about current bench mark pricing in the area.
If you love the outdoors, it’s hard to beat Howe Sound’s accessibility to nature, with Cypress Provincial Park, Lions Bay and Brunswick Beach all just a short drive away. Further north along the coast, you will also find Shannon Falls, one of the area’s best provincial park with hikes for all different abilities, as well as Porteau Cove, boasting pretty campsites and scuba diving.
Howe Sound has a fantastic selection of places to dine if you enjoy eating out, with restaurants in the Horseshoe Bay among some of the best. Troll’s Restaurant, Bay Moorings, Olive & Anchor and the Boathouse Restaurant are popular choices, many of which have waterfront patios, perfect for summer drinks when catching up with friends and watching the sun go down. If you drive north up to Squamish, the Sea to Sky Gondola offers a range of unique dining experiences with breathtaking views 885m above Howe Sound.
Nearby Horseshoe Bay is full of retail stores, from gift shops and fashion boutiques, to art galleries and convenience stores. Among some of the most popular are Lalli Loves It, Spirit Gallery and Butter Lane Bakeshop. The Lookout Coffee House at Sewell’s Marina is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and enjoy the view, while the Seaside Village Cafe is a charming spot offering amazing Sandwiches, some of the best Italian coffee and friendly service. If you’re looking for a place to do your grocery shopping, Safeway on Headland Drive is just a few minutes drive, and is also home to Caulfeild Village Centre, featuring a BC Liquor Store, Village Pharmasave, and a pet shop.
The West Vancouver region of Howe Sound is in a great location to access a variety of schools, with elementary schools including Gleneagles Chaxay Elementary and Caulfeild Elementary, Rockridge Secondary and West Vancouver Secondary being popular choices for older students. Private establishment, Mulgrave School, which boasts the International Baccalaureate program, is also less than a 10 minute drive from Horseshoe Bay.
If you choose to drive, as many Howe Sound residents do, the British Columbia Highway 99 (the Sea-to-Sky Highway, also known as the Squamish Highway) runs along its east shore , linking the Lower Mainland to Lions Bay, Britannia Beach, Squamish, where it then proceeds inland to Whistler and beyond. Squamish also provides a local bus service, as well as being home to Greyhound buses which take passengers to Whistler. Parts of Howe Sound, including Horseshoe Bay are also serviced by BC Ferries. Many amenities are also accessible by foot.