Lions Bay, West Vancouver

July 12, 2012

A few minutes north of Horseshoe Bay along the Sea-to-Sky Highway -- upgraded for the 2010 Winter Olympics -- lies the tiny community of Lions Bay. At the foot of the Lions (prominent mountain peaks visible from Vancouver) it is the departure point for the growing number of climbers who scale the peaks each year.

Best-known as a waterfront community, a lot of Lions Bay real estate is perched on the varying terrain of the steep slopes that rise from Howe Sound. Lions Bay marina offers moorage, and there's also a launch area for visiting boaters.

The community values its seclusion and small scale, and attracts residents who want a waterfront or view home with privacy. Clayton Hill, drummer for the rock band Trooper resides in Lions Bay, as does mining heavyweight Stewart Blusson, whose exploration work led to the opening of the Ekati diamond mine in the Northwest Territories. And, testament to the local transportation work, Blusson has been known to travel to board meetings on public transit. Most residents use their cars for shopping in West Vancouver, either at Caulfeild Village Shopping Centre or Park Royal, or travelling north to recreational opportunities in Squamish and Whistler.

The average price for a house in Lions Bay is $1,000,000. Townhouses start at $550,000. View Lions Bay MLS® listings

Lions Bay Amenities

Lions Bay Shopping

Lions Bay General Store and Cafe is the social centre of town, offering basic groceries as well as a coffee stop. Caulfeild Village Shopping Centre is the closest shopping centre, but the main shopping destination in West Vancouver is Park Royal.

Lions Bay Schools and Education

There are no schools in the Lions Bay area.

Lions Bay Cafés and Restaurants

Lions Bay General Store and Cafe offers a basic social venue, but with Horseshoe Bay just down the road, residents don't have far to go for something fancier on a special occasion.

Lions Bay Sports and Recreation

Lions Bay's town hall doubles as the community centre, with a variety of community programs providing diversion and enrichment for local residents. Several local hiking trails including the challenging trek to the summit of the Lions attract outdoor enthusiasts, while the waters of Howe Sound invite boaters, divers and swimmers.

Lions Bay Transportation

Served by the distinctive West Vancouver "Blue Buses" and linked to communities around Howe Sound by the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Lions Bay is secluded but not remote. The ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay offers connections with Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, while downtown Vancouver is a mere 30-minute drive away.

Lions Bay Property Statistics

Home prices*
Detached $1,063,736
Semi-detached $550,000
Apartments N/A

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

Lions Bay Demographics

Population* 1,395 (2010) *Source: BC Stats

60+ 21.8%
40 to 59 39.5%
20 to 39 17.3%
5 to 19 16.5%
0 to 4 4.1%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Fully owned 92.2% ("Owners")
Rented 7.8%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Detached 89.3% ("Houses")
Semi-detached 3.9%
Apartments 4.9%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

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