Location & History:
With its spectacular setting and natural harbour, Horseshoe Bay is an attractive seaside village located 20km northwest of Vancouver, at the western edge of West Vancouver. It is the gateway to Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast and central Vancouver Island and marks the start of the Sea-to-Sky Highway.
Long before the Arrival of Europeans Horseshoe Bay was a seasonal fishing encampment and meeting place for the local native population.
Population and Economy:
The current population of Horseshoe Bay is around 1,000 people. The village is best known for its ferry terminal, providing access to Nanaimo, the Sunshine Coast and Bowen Island. A number of marine related businesses thrive along the waterfront including Sewell’s Marina which offers boat rentals, boat and fishing trips in Howe Sound and moorage for private boats.
The Horseshoe Bay waterfront has a good selection of restaurants, stores and coffee shops.
Recreation and Activities:
Many recreational activities in the area are naturally related to the ocean and include fishing, boating, kayaking and marine wildlife viewing. Other activities include hiking and golf.