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.
- The transfer deck construction work is substantially complete; three of the four phases have been completed.
- The contractor will return in fall 2021 to complete phase four of the project.
- The last phase of the project is outside of the terminal’s operational area and will not impact operations.
- There is no more night work required.
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
- 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.
As an interim measure, the District has installed temporary planter boxes and seating areas to allow the bike lane to be utilized as a public space.
Community engagement and consultation are planned prior to proceeding with the next phases of the Horseshoe Bay Streetscape. A number of items factor into the decision to keep the bike lane closed on a temporary basis, including community feedback on Phase 1 Streetscape, scheduling related to other projects such as the Horseshoe Bay Park revitalization, Metro Vancouver pump station upgrades, BC Hydro power line undergrounding, BC Ferries terminal upgrades, and the ongoing development of the Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan.
The District plans to engage and consult with the community on Phase 2 in early 2022.
Update August 18:
Tables and chairs will be delivered and installed on Thursday, August 19. Parking on the east side of Royal Avenue between Bruce Street and Bay Street will be temporarily restricted between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. As the seating areas are installed and it is determined safe, the parking restrictions will be lifted and no stopping signs removed.
For background on this project, visit:
Horseshoe Bay Streetscape
Horseshoe Bay Park Revitalization - Bay Street between Royal Avenue and Nelson Avenue
- Timing: Working drawings for the upgrades of Horseshoe Bay Park are currently in development. This District has applied for and obtained archaeological permits and is going to conduct further testing in the park prior to the park revitalization works. All Park construction will comply with Fisheries and Archeological permits. With consideration for these timelines, park improvements are anticipated to begin toward the end of summer or the beginning of Fall 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.
- Staff contact: Carolyn Kennedy, Park Planner, 604-925-7146 or email
Update June 25: Geotechnical work in the park will complete on June 25 and there will be no work in the park during the week of June 28 to July 2. A report on the soil conditions will inform the final design.
More information on Revitalizing Horseshoe Bay Park
- Timing: Construction is well underway. Anticipated phased occupancy is scheduled to begin in the fall. Civil roadworks will be also be completed in the fall of 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