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Horseshoe Bay Projects

Projects happening in Horseshoe Bay

All timelines are subject to change due to weather, funding, or contractor availability. Projects are listed in order of the expected start date. 

Note: construction is not permitted in West Vancouver on Statutory Holidays and Sundays. More information is outlined in the Noise Control Bylaw



BC FERRIES TERMINAL OVERNIGHT WORK

BC Ferries is conducting construction work to maintain some ageing infrastructure at the Horseshoe Bay terminal. The project includes concrete restoration work on the terminal’s elevated vehicle transfer deck, which is necessary to maintain the infrastructure.

Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, March 30. Completion is anticipated in July 2021. The work will require some lane closures at the terminal and is not expected to impact ferry operations from Horseshoe Bay.

Overnight work is planned for the first two months of the project. The work may increase the normal sound levels within the terminal Monday to Friday between 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and throughout the night for the first two months of the project. This work needs to be completed overnight to minimize the impact to sailings operating out of the terminal. BC Ferries will work closely with the contractor to minimize noise.

The Horseshoe Bay Terminal Development Plan remains the long-term vision for the terminal. While BC Ferries revisits their capital planning in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, they plan to complete these critical infrastructure upgrades to ensure they can continue to provide safe, reliable, and efficient service for their customers through this terminal.

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact BC Ferries Senior Project Manager, Michael Pearson, at [email protected].

Please see the BC Ferries service notice webpage for more details.



Power outages in Horseshoe Bay

District staff have implemented several actions to address large trucks striking the hydro pole located at the roundabout at Nelson Avenue. The District prohibits heavy vehicles from using this route and is working to ensure that this information reaches truck drivers. This is what we are doing:
  • Increased bylaw enforcement in the area. If a driver is determined to have violated the regulations, they will be subject to a fine of $500 and could be liable for fines of up to $10,000 and up to sixty days in jail.
  • Installed improved “trucks prohibited” signage. View a photo.
  • Staff are looking into ways to protect the hydro pole on a permanent basis. Installation of a guardrail was considered, but it was determined that it would not provide any protection from large trucks. Staff continue to pursue other options.
  • Confirmed that construction contractors working in the area are following a Traffic Management Plan that identifies safe routes in and out of Horseshoe Bay Village.
  • Distributed information materials for local businesses to provide to their delivery drivers.
  • Improved our Heavy Vehicle Routes webpage by adding information specific to Horseshoe Bay.
What you can do
  • Sign up for email updates for issues related to Horseshoe Bay.
  • Report violations to the Bylaw Department by email to [email protected] or by phone to 604-925-7152
  • Power outages can happen at any time. Be prepared for a power outage with an emergency plan and kit. Visit westvancouver.ca/outage to learn more.
  • Local businesses can communicate with their delivery drivers regarding permitted routes. Truck drivers can refer to the Heavy Vehicle Routes web page for details.


Horseshoe Bay Streetscape

  • Timing: Construction will start Tuesday, September 8 and will take approximately nine weeks to complete.
  • Project description: Upgrades to Royal Avenue between Bay Street and Bruce Street will include installation of new sidewalks, lighting, plantings, curb bulges, and asphalt pavement. A separated northbound bike lane will be installed on the east side of Royal Avenue, with no impact to existing parking spaces. In addition, preparations have begun for the undergrounding of hydro poles in the Horseshoe Bay commercial area, including Royal Avenue, Bay Street and Bruce Street. All archeological permits have been received.​

When complete, the final design of Royal Avenue between Bruce Street and Bay Street will create a "busy" feel that clearly delineates areas of use for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle parking with signage, tactile strips, various surface treatments, line paintings, bollards, and paving markings.

The bicycle lane component will form part of the Spirit Trail, advancing key policies from the Official Community Plan by encouraging cycling and "to provide a multi-use trail linking from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove."

The space between the designated pedestrian area and the bike lane will be furnished with bike racks and benches. A buffer zone that meets the guidelines set out by the BC Active Transportation Design will separate the bike lane from parked vehicles. The overall design incorporates elements to promote visibility and is intended to encourage slow speeds for all vehicles including bicycles.

Completion is subject to weather and specialist contractor availability.

Bollards (posts) are currently being sourced and will be installed on Royal Avenue between Bruce Avenue and Bay Street. The bollards will be installed in the buffer zone between the bike lane and the parking lane on the east side of Royal Avenue, and between the pedestrian sidewalk and the parking lane on the west side of Royal Avenue. Please note that the bike lane will not be open until the bollards are installed. A barrier will remain at the south end of the bike lane to let cyclists know the bike lane is closed.

For background on this project, visit:  

Horseshoe Bay Streetscape



Sanitary Sewer Replacement - Bay Street between Royal Avenue and Nelson Avenue

Sanitary sewer replacement work on Bay Street between Royal Avenue and Nelson Avenue is now complete.

Work for the week of May 10–14 will include:

  • Milling and paving work is scheduled on Bay Street at the intersection of Nelson Avenue on Friday, May 14 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note this work is weather-dependant.
  • Pedestrian access and one lane for westbound traffic on Bay Street will remain.
  • Traffic control personnel and construction signage will be on-site to assist with traffic flow.


Horseshoe Bay Park Revitalization - Bay Street between Royal Avenue and Nelson Avenue

  • Timing: Working drawings for the upgrades to Horseshoe Bay Park are currently in development. During this phase of the work, the District must apply for and obtain the required archaeological permits prior to breaking any ground. The federal Fisheries Act requires construction to occur at the lowest tides of the year to minimize environmental disruptions. West Vancouver's lowest tides occur during the summer. With consideration for these timelines, park improvements are anticipated to begin in spring or summer 2021.
  • Project description: The District is working to revitalize Horseshoe Bay Park and create a gathering space for residents and visitors alike. The goal is to create a free-flowing connected park space from the Horseshoe Bay Pier all the way to the BC Ferries terminal. The detailed working drawings phase is underway.
  • Construction impacts: Once the details have been finalized, we will update you on the traffic impacts you can expect this fall.
  • Staff contact: Carolyn Kennedy, Park Planner, 604-925-7146 or email

Construction map: Winter 2020/2021

More information on Revitalizing Horseshoe Bay Park



Sewell's Development

  • Timing: Construction is well underway. Anticipated occupancy is scheduled to begin in February 2021.
  • Project description: The Horseshoe Bay Residences are a mixed residential and commercial project.
  • Staff contact: Toby Rogers, Supervisor/Senior Land Development Technician, 604-913-2722 or email

More information about the Sewell's Development



Hydro Pole Undergrounding Work - Bay Street and commercial areas of Royal Avenue and Bruce Street

  • Timing: Construction is planned to begin in 2021 and will take approximately three weeks to complete.
  • Project description: Overhead connections will be converted to underground connections, and the hydro poles will be removed. Phase 1 undergrounding will include the commercial area of Royal Avenue and Bruce Street. Phase 2 undergrounding work will encompass Bay Street, as part of Horseshoe Bay Streetscape project. Design work is now underway.
  • Staff contact: Andy Kwan, Acting Manager of Roads & Transportation, 604-925-7027​ or email.


Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue

  • Timing: TBC
  • Project description: This portion of the Spirit Trail will be constructed along Royal Avenue between Chatham Street and Bruce Street.

More information on the Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue

westvancouverITE

Some of the projects below have a dedicated webpage in westvancouverITE (the District's online engagement tool used to connect with residents). Sign up for your westvancouverITE account to take surveys, ask questions, and more

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Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan

This District began work on a Local Area Plan for Horseshoe Bay in 2019.  When complete, it will become part of the Official Community Plan.

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