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 will be conducting construction work to maintain some ageing infrastructure at the Horseshoe Bay terminal.
The project is currently scheduled to begin in mid to late March and is expected to be complete 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. This work needs to be completed overnight to minimize the impact to sailings operating out of the terminal. BC Ferries will provide nearby residents with advance notice of the work and will work with the contractor to mitigate the effect of 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
- 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.
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- 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.
Highway 1 Overpass Renewal
- Timing: Construction will start September 7 and is expected to be complete by March 26, 2021.
- Project description: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is renewing the overpass located on Highway 1, approximately one kilometre south of the BC Ferries terminal.
- Access to the ferry terminal will not be affected.
- Access to Horseshoe Bay Village will have intermittent nighttime detours.
- Contact person: Dave Lammers, Seismic Construction Ltd., 604-928-8733
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, 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.
Work for the week of March 1–5 will include:
- Bench delivery and installation on the west side of Royal Avenue at the corner of Bay Street, weather-permitting.
- Road markings will be installed as soon as the weather allows, which will result in the closure of Royal Avenue to vehicle traffic for one day, including the evening before painting.
- Installation of bike lane markings and signage will take place. Please note that the bike lane will not be open until the lane markings and signage are installed. Orange posts will remain at the north and south ends of the bike lane on Royal Avenue until the bike lane is open.
- Final inspection and area clean-up.
For background on this project, visit:
Watermain Replacement - Nelson Avenue between the waterfront and Argyle Avenue
District crews have begun work to restore the roadway. This work will take three to four days to complete, weather-permitting.
Following road restoration, four-speed humps will be installed: three on Nelson Avenue between Bay Street and Chatham Street, and one in the laneway between Bruce Street and Douglas Street.
Work for the week of March 1–5 will include:
- Temporary no parking on Nelson Avenue between Bay Street and Chatham Street on Monday, March 1 and Tuesday, March 2 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow for road restoration.
Sanitary Sewer Replacement - Bay Street between Royal Avenue and Nelson Avenue
- Timing: Construction began in January 2021 and will take approximately seven weeks to complete.
- Project description: The sanitary sewer system from the intersection of Royal Avenue and Bay Street to the intersection of Nelson Avenue and Bay Street requires replacement. Work will proceed from east to west, starting at Royal Avenue and heading towards Nelson Avenue.
- Construction impacts: Temporary removal of commercial parking on the south side of Bay Street and conversion of angle parking on the north side to parallel parking. Business and pedestrian access on Bay Street will remain.
- Staff contact: Mariano Cusano, Superintendent – Utilities Construction, 604-921-2923 or email.
Work for the week of March 1–5 will include:
- The parking stalls on the north side of Bay Street between Royal Avenue and the washrooms in Horseshoe Bay Park will be open and converted back to angle parking.
- There will be temporary no parking in the seven parking stalls on the north side of Bay Street, west of the washrooms in Horseshoe Bay Park, to stage material.
- The parking stalls on the north side of Bay Street, west of the construction staging area will be open for parallel parking, outside of construction hours, Monday to Friday, before 7:30 a.m. and after 4 p.m., and all day on Saturday and Sunday.
- There will be a full road closure of Bay Street between Royal Avenue and Nelson Avenue from Monday, March 1 to Friday, March 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Nelson Avenue between Bruce Street and Bay Street will be open to two-way, local area traffic only, from Monday, March 1 to Friday, March 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Traffic control personnel and construction signage will be on-site to assist with traffic flow.
- All business and pedestrian access will remain.
- Archeological monitoring will resume.
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
- 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
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: Vanessa Garrett, Manager of Roads & Transportation, 604-921-2933 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.
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Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan
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