Britannia Beach, Squamish

July 12, 2012

Nestled between the mountains and the waters of Howe Sound, Britannia Beach has come into its own as a community -- and it is close enough to central Squamish to enjoy the city's amenities. While still dominated by the hulk of the concentrator for the former copper mine (once the largest producer of copper in the British Empire) the community is the subject of many reclamation efforts designed to rehabilitate the site into a shining waterfront community.

Britannia Beach offers a small-town feel despite its corporate history. This is reflected in its home prices, which averaged $333,000 in 2010. Building lots start at $187,000, while the home price peaks at $745,000 less than in any other Squamish neighbourhood. View Britannia Beach MLS® listings

Recreational opportunities abound here, as in Squamish and Whistler, giving Britannia Beach a bright future as reclamation efforts complete and redevelopment in the community becomes viable.

Britannia Beach Amenities

Britannia Beach Shopping

A handful of local shops serve as a convenience, but for shopping of any consequence, residents head to one of the major retailers in Squamish or West Vancouver.

Schools and Education in Britannia Beach

There are no schools in the Britannia Beach area.

Britannia Beach Cafés and Restaurants

Mountain Woman Burgers, which operates out of a converted school bus, and Cookhouse are among the dining options in Britannia Beach. For something fancier, head into Squamish or south to West Vancouver. A decent cup of coffee can be found at Galileo Coffee Co.

Britannia Beach Sports and Recreation

Porteau Cove Provincial Park near Britannia Beach offers diving, but the main recreational activities off the water including hiking, mountain biking and four-wheeling. Utopia Lake trail is a popular hiking route.

Britannia Beach Transportation

Connected to surrounding communities by the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Britannia Beach is best reached by car. Residents can also depend on the Squamish Transit System for local jaunts, however.

Britannia Beach Property Statistics

Home prices*
Detached $428,700
Semi-detached N/A
Apartments N/A

*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver- average price for the past 12 months (March 2011).

Britannia Beach Demographics

Population* 840 (2006) *Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

60+ 15.5%
40 to 59 44.6%
20 to 39 20.2%
5 to 19 16.1%
0 to 4 4.2%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Fully owned 75% ("Owners")
Rented 23.6%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Detached 68.1% ("Houses")
Semi-detached 12.5%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Suburbs surrounding Britannia Beach