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
Highway 1 British Columbia Canada
2. Once you take Exit 3, the signs then direct drivers to the leftmost
lane, if they wish to go to Horseshoe Bay village. The lane is separated
from the ferry-bound lanes by a concrete barrier.
Approaching Horseshoe Bay
3. At some point, the ferry-bound lanes get behind a fence.
Photo of Horseshoe Bay British Columbia Canada
4. In about five minutes after splitting with ferry-bound traffic, we
arrived to the end of the highway, ready to turn left and enter
Horseshoe bay village.
Entering Horseshoe Bay village British Columbia Canada
5. We are in the village now. BC Ferries building is seen on the right
side. Ferry foot passengers should be dropped off by this building.
Horseshoe Bay Village BC Canada
6. At the end of the road, the choices are to turn right towards Highway
1 East and Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky), or turn left. The bay is straight
Horseshoe Bay Village
7. We turned left onto Bay Street and took advantage of two hours free
parking. The non-resident parking is allowed between 7 AM - Midnight
only. There are a bunch of shops and eateries on the left side of Bay
Street, as well as on several adjacent streets.
Bay Street Horseshoe Bay Village British Columbia Canada
8. First good look at the bay. Very nice indeed.
9. An information board explains the history of Horseshoe Bay. The photo
on the left is from the 1970 salmon derby. The photo on the right shows
the horseshoe shape of the bay in 1960. The small photo in the middle
shows a few shacks around the bay in 1930s to emphasize the quiet appeal
of the bay back in those days.
Horseshoe Bay History
10. The Lookout Tourist Information - Coffee House - Gift shop was
closed until the busy season.
The Lookout Store Horseshoe Bay British Columbia Canada
11. But the murals on The Lookout are available year-round.
The Lookout store mural Horseshoe Bay BC Canada
12. In the meanwhile, Queen of Capilano
departed to Bowen Island.
Queen of Capilano Ferry in Horseshoe Bay
Queen of Capilano Ferry
13. Horseshoe Bay Park runs along the street where we parked our
Horseshoe Bay Park British Columbia Canada
14. This propeller once propelled tug "Samarinda."
Five thousand pounds of solid bronze on display.
15. BC Ferry Queen of Coquitlam arriving to
16. View of the bay.
Horseshoe Bay is a great place to visit, even if you don't plan on taking a
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