Explore Lions Bay
A small residential waterfront community, Lions Bay is one of the smallest municipalities in British Columbia. The 2000 residents value their neighbourhood as a peaceful and close-knit unit, with the Lions Bay General Store, cafe and community centre providing a community focal point and gathering place in its core. A place deeply connected to the natural west coast environment, Lions Bay is completed by sandy beaches, a marina, and spectacular ocean view homes, part of what makes Lions Bay such a unique and special place.
Lions Bay is located north of West Vancouver between the slopes of the North Shore Mountains and the windy and rocky eastern shores of Howe Sound. This unique and special neighbourhood is situated about 11 kilometres (8 minutes) north of Horseshoe Bay, and about a 25 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The area of Lions Bay is approximately 560 hectares with 10 km of paved roads.
One-family households without children make up the majority of households in Lions Bay, while one-family households with children make up 32%, and one person households just 1%. Approximately 81% of Lions Bay residents are married, with a median age of 48. The average benchmark for a home in Lions Bay is between $1 and 2 million.
Lions Bay is comprised primarily of single family detached dwellings, with over 90% of homes being owner-occupied. Along with the custom-built homes situated within the forest area that permeates Lions Bay, there have also been talks of additional new developments in the area, as well as creating more basement suites in both existing homes and new builds.
Lions Bay is a fantastic area for outdoor enthusiasts, with hiking, biking, boating and skiing all located close by. Cypress Bowl in West Vancouver is just a 20 minute journey by car, while Whistler is accessible by car in approximately one hour. Lions Bay Beach Park has a beautiful sandy beach, and Kelvin Grove Beach park is just 500 meters south. Lions Bay also features a large private marina with dry storage for approximately 200 boats.
Horseshoe Bay is filled with eateries and restaurants, with popular options including Olive & Anchor, Bay Moorings Restaurant, and Troll’s Restaurant, as well as convenience food stores, C-Lovers Fish and Chips, Starbucks and Baskin Robbins. If you’re looking for a place to have coffee and a catch up, Lions Bay Cafe, attached to the general store, offers a selection of hot beverages, breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as overlooking the spectacular Howe Sound. Alternatively, you can catch the ferry over to nearby Bowen Island, a 20 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, or Gibsons, a 40 minute journey. Both have lots of restaurants and other amenities for Lions Bay residents to enjoy when they fancy a change of scenery.
The Lions Bay General Store is the closest shopping spot to Lions Bay residents, offering everything from organic produce and frozen food, to health care products, books and souvenirs. It is also conveniently home to a Canada Post Outlet. Horseshoe Bay is also packed with lots of unique gift shops and boutique stores, including Dayal’s Variety Store, Lalli Loves It and Presence Trading Co. Spirit Gallery is also worth a visit featuring a fantastic collection of West Coast Native Art from renowned and emerging artists. The closest grocery store outside of Lions Bay and Horseshoe Bay is the Safeway on Headland Drive, a 7 minute drive from Horseshoe Bay.
Lions Bay is in a popular area with families, with good access to schools in the area. Lions Bay Elementary School is the closest, with other schools in the area including Gleneagles Chaxay Elementary School in Horseshoe Bay, and Rockridge Secondary School situated in neighbouring community, Caulfeild. The school district provides a school bus service to make schools easily accessible without needing a car.
The majority of Lions Bay residents use cars to get around, with many commuting out of the neighbourhood. 78% of workers in Lions Bay drive their car to work and a further 9% carpool. As with other West Vancouver neighbourhoods, the Blue Bus service links Lions Bay to rest of West Vancouver and to North Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Of course, the local area is accessible by foot, with on and off-street walking trails in the community connecting to hiking trails beyond Lions Bay.