Trip 015 - March 17, 2010 (Wednesday)
Horseshoe Bay BC
Of note:Finding parking might not be easy during the busy season.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Page 11 (North Vancouver) A7.
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Related Websites:Village of Horseshoe Bay, BC Ferries.
Other BC Towns We Have Visited: Agassiz, Bella Coola, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, Merritt, Mission, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Squamish, Telkwa, Tumbler Ridge, Vancouver (Seawall), Vancouver (Stanley Park), West Vancouver (Ambleside Park).
The village of Horseshoe Bay is located at the Western end of Highway 1, where it splits with Highway 99. The village is quite nice, but today we walked near the bay itself, where a ferry terminal is located with ferries sailing to Nanaimo and Bowen Island, among other destinations.
The last 10 minutes or so of the drive on Highway 1 is a treat for your eyes. But the bay looks simply spectacular in good weather. The parking is free for 2 hours, though it is fairly limited, and will be hard to find during the busy season. There is pay parking too, but considering the price ($14 flat rate for 24 hours), it might be too steep for day trippers, and would be more suitable for foot passengers unwilling to pay BC Ferries' car rates.
Hint: free three hour parking is allowed along the road leading from the bay to Whytecliff Park (the same road which allows to reach Marine Drive in West Vancouver). You can reach this road by simply turning left from Bay Street, which runs along the bay.
1. We are Westbound on Highway 1, about to take Exit 3 to get to Horseshoe Bay.
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