Horseshoe Bay Village
Horseshoe Bay is a small community at the western end of the North Shore and home of the BC Ferries terminal. This community is perfectly suited to pedestrian traffic. Park your car and walk the few blocks that constitute the main street, choosing a restaurant that suits your taste. Many come to Horseshoe Bay just for the view.
This is the North Shore’s gateway to Howe Sound. It’s here that you can board a ferry if you wish and go as a foot passenger to Bowen Island. The trip each way is short but sweet, and you can disembark and go exploring, or take the next ferry back.
Things to Do in Horseshoe Bay
Families with kids will enjoy the seaside playground, and everyone will enjoy the seaside deck chairs where you can take in the spectacular views. A popular tradition is getting fish and chips or a burger from one of the take-out restaurants and eating it in the park overlooking the water. Another is buying an ice-cream cone and wandering along the pier.
Throughout the village you will find many charming shops and eateries. A unique gem is the Butter Lane Bake Shop and Tea House, which serves delicious fresh baked treats, and high tea by reservation. Seating times are noon, 2:15pm and 4:30pm.
Sewell’s Marina is located in Horseshoe Bay, and it has been owned by the same family for three generations. Why not rent a boat and venture onto the water yourself? Try your hand at fishing or just enjoy the magnificent surroundings while bouncing along the waves. You can also book a Sewell’s Sea Safari eco-tour, and have a tour guide show you the spectacular scenery and wildlife which make coastal British Columbia world famous!
Just west of Horseshoe Bay is Whytecliff Park, a natural marine sanctuary and popular scuba-diving spot where seals and other sealife can be seen. There is a swimming beach, which is great fun for kids when the ferry waves come ashore. You’ll also find a playground, picnic spots, and tennis courts in the 15+ hectare park. Pack a picnic lunch or get something from the concession, which is open from the May long weekend through Labour Day.