Horseshoe Bay Tours
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The seaside village of Horseshoe Bay is the departure point for ferries to Vancouver Island and the starting point for the Sea to Sky Highway, which connects Vancouver to Whistler. Though many travelers rush through here, the picturesque town has plenty to offer, with pretty parks, hiking trails, and quaint cafés and restaurants.
Many visitors arrive in Horseshoe Bay while en route to either Vancouver Island or Whistler, traveling independently, as part of day tours from Vancouver, or as part of multi-day tours through British Columbia. Vancouver Island– and Bowen Island–bound ferries depart regularly from Horseshoe Bay terminal, while the Sea to Sky Highway extends north from the town all the way to Whistler.
If you have time to spare in Horseshoe Bay, pause to enjoy the views from the waterfront, take a boat trip out on Howe Sound, or go swimming at Whytecliff Park, just west of town.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Horseshoe Bay is a must for picnickers, people watchers, and nature lovers.
- The town has cafés, restaurants, and shops, as well as public restrooms in the waterfront park.
- BC Ferries operate wheelchair-accessible services.
How to Get There
Horseshoe Bay is in West Vancouver on the North Shore. The best time to visit is between May and October, when warm weather allows for outdoor activities. If you plan on getting the ferry and are on a tight schedule, it’s best to reserve in advance, particularly during the busy summer months.
When to Get There
Horseshoe Bay is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. To get there by public transit, take bus 250 from downtown Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay.
Drive the Sea to Sky Highway
Extending from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Squamish and Whistler farther north, the Sea to Sky Highway—also known as Highway 99—is one of the most scenic driving routes in British Columbia. Hugging the cliffs near Howe Sound and offering unforgettable mountain vistas, the road passes by some of the province’s biggest attractions and most epic displays of nature, from the Sea-to-Sky Gondola in Squamish to the rugged peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Address: Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver, British Columbia V7W 2B6, Canada
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Horseshoe Bay
Travelers that want to explore Whistler on a day trip from Vancouver typically need to rent a car and drive, which means focusing on the road rather than the landscape. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the views on this sightseeing tour to Whistler, complete with a guide to whisk you there. Along the way you can see Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park, enjoy views of Howe Sound, and take a few hours to explore Whistler independently.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Have your camera ready to capture photos of bald eagles in Brackendale during this full-day journey to Whistler, via downtown Vancouver. Along the way, stop at Stanley Park and Horseshoe Bay, a quaint village at the entrance to Howe Sound. Your guide follows a scenic route along the Sea to Sky Highway to Shannon Falls, where you'll take a short hike, with time to explore the ski resort year-round.
Escape the hustle of city life and head to the coastal mountains outside Vancouver on this private, full-day adventure. From Vancouver to Whistler, enjoy the scenic natural wonders, traveling along the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Visit Brandywine Falls, Blackcomb Mountain, the seaside village of Horseshoe Bay, roaring Shannon Falls near Squamish, the famed ski town of Whistler Village — the headquarters for many of the 2010 Winter Olympic events — and more.
The ultimate day out on the water. This 7 hour tour includes lunch at the famous town of Gibson on the Sunshine Coast. Travel through the Howe Islands and visit amazing locations. You will travel by 2 different Seal Colonies, Bald Eagle habitats, Horseshoe Bay and to the Old Growth Temperate Rain Forest beyond Gambier Island. This is without a doubt our best tour and an experience you will never forget.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Experience the essence of British Columbia on a full-day excursion along the Sea-to-Sky Highway! Leave the Vancouver area for a 7-hour trip through mountainous terrain and along Howe Sound to visit Shannon Falls—BC’s third largest waterfall and pan for gold at the Britannia Mine Museum. You’ll have plenty of time throughout to trek along forest trails, buy lunch, and participate in optional activities.
Discover top attractions along Canada’s famous Sea-to-Sky Highway on this 7-hour shore excursion from Vancouver. Hop aboard your coach at the Vancouver cruise ship terminal and head out along the Sea-to-Sky Highway with your guide. Admire the mighty Shannon Falls and explore Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Pan for gold the way the miners used to at the Britannia Mine Museum and gain insight into the gold rush of the late 19th century.
Frequently Asked Questions
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