Horseshoe Bay Neighbourhood

July 12, 2012

Synonymous with the ferries to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, Horseshoe Bay is a thriving enclave of residences in its own right. Many are best seen from the waters of Howe Sound.

Sparkling waterfront properties and older, single-family residences nestled in the lush coastal forest define Horseshoe Bay's homes. Horseshoe Bay average home prices are around $940,000, with the area's house prices last year maxing out at $3.1 million -- half the maximum seen in nearby Eagle Harbour. View Horseshoe Bay MLS® listings

The local shops clustered around the waterfront are largely tourist-oriented, making Park Royal the main shopping venue here as for the rest of West Vancouver. However, local faves for eating include fish and chip restaurants, Troller Pub, Trolls, Bay Moorings, Ya Ya's Oyster Bar and the Boathouse Restaurant.

While a Horseshoe Bay address may be a coastal retreat, it also offers convenience, with ferry service as well as express bus service to downtown Vancouver for those who don't want to drive.

Horseshoe Bay Amenities

Horseshoe Bay Shopping

Royal Avenue and Bay Street are the main shopping strips in Horseshoe Bay. Many shops provide the basic necessities, given that Park Royal is the major regional mall for West Vancouver. Several other shops have a distinct orientation towards tourists.

Schools and Education in Horseshoe Bay

Primary Schools

Horseshoe Bay Cafés and Restaurants

Boathouse Restaurant, Troller Pub and Troll's fish and chips offer the kind of fare people talk about most when they visit Horseshoe Bay. However, there is also a sushi restaurant and classic Chinese Canadian diner.

Horseshoe Bay Sports and Recreation

Sewell's Marina offers boat rentals that allow for jaunts around Howe Sound, but moorage is also available. The Baden-Powell Centennial Trail gives hikers a route to the top of Cypress Mountain, which has spectacular views in the summer, and skiing in winter.

Horsehoe Bay Transportation

Horseshoe Bay may be known for its ferry terminal but it is also a turning point on the highway to Whistler. Express busses connect the community with downtown Vancouver and rapid transit lines throughout the region.

Horseshoe Bay Property Statistics

Home prices*
Detached $1,149,571
Semi-detached $727,888
Apartments N/A

* Average price for the past 12 months (March 2011) from Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

Horseshoe Bay Demographics

Population* West Vancouver, 42,131 (2006) *Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

60+ 25.8%
40 to 59 35.3%
20 to 39 14.3%
5 to 19 20.5%
0 to 4 4.1%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Fully owned 85.9% ("Owners")
Rented 13.8%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Detached 78.1%
Semi-detached 8.5%
Apartments 13.8%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Suburbs surrounding Horseshoe Bay