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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



Power outages in Horseshoe Bay

District staff have implemented several actions to address large trucks striking the hydro pole located at the roundabout at Nelson Avenue. The District prohibits heavy vehicles from using this route and is working to ensure that this information reaches truck drivers. This is what we are doing:
  • 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.
What you can do
  • Sign up for email updates for issues related to Horseshoe Bay.
  • 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.
  • 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


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.

  • The roadway, sidewalks and parking are open on both east and west sides of Royal Avenue between Bruce Street and Bay Street.
  • The laneway between Bruce Street and Bay Street from Keith Road to Nelson Avenue is open to two-way traffic and is accessible from Royal Avenue, Keith Road, and Nelson Avenue.
  • Streetscapes work on Royal Avenue is projected to be complete by mid-January 2021, weather permitting.

UPDATE: Completion is subject to weather and specialist contractor availability.

Work for the week of January 25–29 will include:

  • 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:  

Horseshoe Bay Streetscape



Watermain Replacement - Nelson Avenue between the waterfront and Argyle Avenue

Construction to replace the watermain on Nelson Avenue, from the cul-de-sac (north end of Nelson Avenue) up to Argyle Avenue.

Upon completion of watermain work on Nelson Avenue, District crews will restore the roadway. This work will take 3–4 days to complete, weather-permitting. During this paving work, Nelson Avenue will be open to local traffic and buses.

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.

UPDATE: To accommodate the replacement of the fire hydrant at the corner of Nelson Avenue and Bruce Street, there will be a full road closure of Nelson Avenue between Bruce Street and Argyle Avenue on Friday, January 22. Traffic moving southbound from Bay Street along Nelson Avenue will be detoured east on Bruce Street and south on Royal Avenue. Construction signage and traffic personnel will be on-site to assist with traffic flow.

Work for the week of January 25–29 will include:

  • Water services work will continue on Nelson Avenue.
  • Crews will provide at least three days advance notice to residences and businesses of temporary disruption to their water service while their service is switched to the new main.
  • There will be a full road closure of Nelson Avenue between Bruce Street and Argyle Avenue from Monday, January 25 to Tuesday, January 26. Traffic moving southbound from Bay Street along Nelson Avenue will be detoured east on Bruce Street and south on Royal Avenue. Construction signage and traffic personnel will be on-site to assist with traffic flow.


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

  • Timing: Construction is expected to begin 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 to Nelson Avenue 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 January 25–29 will include:

  • There will be temporary no parking in the seven stalls on the north side of Bay Street, west of the playground for the staging of material. The remainder of angle parking on the north side of Bay Street will be temporarily converted to parallel parking.
  • Crews will begin marking existing services and preparing for the main sanitary line.
  • Archeological monitoring will resume.

Construction map: January to March 2021



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



Sewell's Development

  • 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

More information about the Sewell's Development



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.


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. 
    • Phase 4 will begin in early January 2021.
  • 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



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

westvancouverITE

Some of the projects below have a dedicated webpage in westvancouverITE (the District's online engagement tool used to connect with residents). Sign up for your westvancouverITE account to take surveys, ask questions, and more

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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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