Lions Bay: BC’s Gateway for Mountain Climbers
Just a few minutes north of Horseshoe Bay on BC’s Highway 99, Lions Bay has just received a major upgrade from the 2010 Winter Olympics event. Lions Bay is considered as the departure point for a growing population of mountain climbers who scale the peaks each year. Lions Bay is also a popular waterfront community, with most of its residential estates perched on the varying terrain of slopes from Howe Sound. This charming little town offers moorage and also features a launch area for visiting boaters.
Lions Bay has a relatively short incorporated history—a part of a rich regional history that can be traced back in the late 1700s. The first inhabitants of the area were the First Nations people. Modern day Lions Bay Beach Park was once a summer camp for Saint Mark’s church of Kitsilano. The opening of the Squamish Highway and PGE Railway in 1958 dramatically changed the Lions Bay community. People were able to drive from Vancouver, not having to rely on boats and ferries to transport them in this part of the region.
Located at the northern end of Vancouver, British Columbia, Lions Bay is a member of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Lion Bay is nestled between the two famous towns of Squamish and Horseshoe Bay. Because of the steep topography of the area, most of the homes are site specific models, providing the town with varied architectural styles. The town also has a fairly huge marina with a launch ramp adjacent to the swimming beach.
Lion Bay values its small scale feel and seclusion, and attracts residents who are looking for privacy and magnificent waterfront views. Clayton Hill, a Trooper band member lives in the area, so does mining executive, Stewart Blusson whose explorations have led to the establishment of Ekati diamond mine in the Northwest Territories. The average price for single detached homes in Lions Bay is around $1 million, and $500,000 for townhomes.
Education and Transportation
Most residents use their private cars for shopping in the West Vancouver area, either at the Park Royal or Caulfield Village Shopping Center. Lions Bay is served by the Blue Buses of West Vancouver and linked to nearby communities through the Sea to Sky Highway. There is a ferry terminal in Horseshoe Bay which offers connections with the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. Lions Bay is only thirty minutes away from downtown Vancouver. The Lions Bay Community School is the only educational institution in town.
Shopping and Recreation
The Lions Bay General Store provides a basic social avenue for the locals, but with Horseshoe Bay just a few miles away, residents don’t have to go far for something fancier on special occasions. The town hall also serves as the community center, with a variety of activities and events for residents all year round. You can also find a few hiking trails, including a quite challenging trek to the summit of the Lions.