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Horseshoe Bay Projects

Projects happening in Horseshoe Bay

Please note, all timelines are subject to change due to weather, funding, or contractor availability. Projects are listed in order of expected start date. 



1. 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.
  • Construction impacts:
    • 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


2.  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.
  • Construction impacts: 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.
  • Staff contact: Stephen Wells, Road & Bridge Technologist, 604-925-7134 or email.

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

More information on Horseshoe Bay Streetscape



3. Watermain Replacement - Nelson Avenue between the waterfront and Argyle Avenue

  • Timing: Construction planned to begin the week of Monday, September 21 and will take approximately 10 weeks to complete.
  • Project description: Construction is currently underway to replace the watermain on Nelson Avenue, from the cul-de-sac (north end of Nelson Avenue) up to Argyle Street. Upon reaching the south side of Bruce Street, crews will begin work on sanitary manhole installation for one to two days with an archaeological consultant and First Nation monitors. Once sanitary manhole installation is complete, crews will recommence watermain works along Nelson Avenue.
  • Construction impacts:
    • Nelson Ave remains open to local traffic for those living on Nelson Avenue south of Bruce Street.
    • Traffic continues to be detoured down Bruce Street to Royal Avenue.
    • On-street parking for residents of Nelson Avenue will be directed to alternate streets.
    • District crews will make every effort to free up parking as the project moves along Nelson Avenue. Parking spots will be required for staging of material, and parking for District and contractor vehicles.
  • Staff contact: Mariano Cusano, Superintendent – Utilities Construction, 604-921-2923 or email.

Construction map: September to November 2020



4.  Sanitary Sewer Replacement - Bay Street between Royal Avenue and Nelson Avenue

  • Timing: Construction is expected to begin in December 2020 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.
  • Staff contact: Mariano Cusano, Superintendent – Utilities Construction, 604-921-2923 or email.

Construction map: December 2020 to February 2021



5.  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

Construction map: Winter 2020/2021

More information on Revitalizing Horseshoe Bay Park



6. Sewell's Development

  • Timing: Construction is well underway and finishing stages will start to take place this fall. Anticipated occupancy is scheduled to begin in December 2020, with move-in dates early 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



7.  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.


8.  Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan 

  • Timing: Phase 3 is now complete and a review of all public input has been completed.
    • The full transcript of all Phase 3 community input, a summary of Phase 3 engagement findings, and a Council report are now available online. View the report.
    • On September 14, 2020, Council received the Phase 3 report and directed staff to proceed to Phase 4 Plan in the coming months.
  • Project description: Creating a Local Area Plan for Horseshoe Bay. A local area plan identifies features of the community that are highly valued by citizens and provides policy on how to protect and enhance them.

More information on Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan



9.  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

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Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan

This District began work on a Local Area Plan for Horseshoe Bay in 2019.  When complete, it will become part of the Official Community Plan.

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