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Horseshoe Bay Streetscape

October 26 update

Streetscape improvements began in September with the following impacts from construction:
  • Royal Avenue, between Bay Street and Bruce Street, will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking for the duration of construction.
  • Laneway between Bay Street and Bruce Street will remain open for deliveries.
  • UPDATED: There will be no access across Royal Avenue for approximately one month to allow for new concrete to harden.
  • The laneway between Keith Road and Royal Avenue will be accessible from Keith Road, and the laneway between Royal Avenue and Nelson Avenue will be accessible from Nelson Avenue, via Bay Street.
  • Traffic control personnel will be on-site on Bay Street to allow local traffic and delivery vehicles.
Work for the week of October 26–30 will include:
  • Concrete work will take place on the west side of Royal Avenue, including grading, sidewalks, and driveways causing minor business access disruptions.
  • Hydro and telecommunications utilities will be undergrounded on the east side of Royal Avenue, causing minor short-term disruption to the pedestrian sidewalk. No loss of power or telecommunications is expected. All business access will remain open.
  • Archeological monitoring will continue.
  • On Tuesday, October 27, streetscape work will be on standby in order to allow filming in the area and may extend into the evening to make up for this time.

Construction map: September to November 2020

Project Details

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.

About the plan

The Horseshoe Bay Streetscape Plan is a cohesive and unified streetscape design strategy to revitalize the commercial area of Horseshoe Bay Village, which hasn't been upgraded on a large scale since 1986. The intention is to enhance livability, strengthen economic activity and create a vibrant area where local businesses can compete with other retail centres.

The Horseshoe Bay streetscape improvements will be phased and will coincide with construction of the Spirit Trail to minimize impacts on residents.

The streetscape improvements will:

  • help foster a unique and distinct sense of place
  • create public space for programming
  • prioritize pedestrian and cycling use
  • increase road safety
  • exemplify the District’s commitment to sustainable transportation and development

Plan Drawings

Phase 1 Site Plan

Learn more about the Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue

Information Sessions
Past consultation

Information meeting

An information meeting was held on April 24, 2018, for residents to learn more and ask questions about plans for the construction of the Horseshoe Bay Streetscape and Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue. Over 50 people attended the open house and provided input into the draft design.

This input has been summarized and will be incorporated into changes to the design.

Open House - Information Boards

The District has summarized the feedback received from residents in a question and answer format in the document below. 

Open House - Feedback and Responses


We asked for your input on the design of the planned Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue and the Horseshoe Bay streetscape improvements in spring 2018. This feedback will help to inform the final design of both the Horseshoe Bay Streetscape and Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue.

View survey results


Stephen Wells
Road & Bridge Technologist



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