This small coastal community marks the end of West Vancouver and the starting point for trips to Whistler, via the Sea to Sky Hwy (Hwy 99). It's a pretty village with views across the bay and up glassy-watered Howe Sound. Cute places to eat and shop line waterfront Bay St, from where you can also take a whale-watching boat trek with Sewell's Marina.

This is also the home of the BC Ferries terminal for aquatic hops to Bowen Island, Vancouver Island and beyond.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

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1. Spirit Gallery

0.05 MILES

Drop into this Horseshoe Bay gallery to peruse authentic First Nations artworks.

2. Whytecliff Park

0.58 MILES

Just west of Horseshoe Bay, this is an exceptional little waterfront green space. Trails lead to vistas and a gazebo, from where you can watch the Burrard…

3. Lighthouse Park

2.81 MILES

Some of the region's oldest trees live within this accessible 75-hectare park, including a rare stand of original coastal forest and plenty of gnarly,…

4. West Vancouver Seawall

5.24 MILES

Take bus 250 from downtown Vancouver and hop off on Marine Dr at the intersection with 24th St. Peruse the stores and coffee shops in Dundarave Village,…

5. Ferry Building Art Gallery

6.38 MILES

Housed in a cute wooden heritage building, which was once a ferry terminal when transit boats plied the waters between West Van and Vancouver, this…

6. Spanish Banks

7.11 MILES

This tree-backed public beach is a popular locals' hangout; they're the ones jogging past in Lululemon outfits. It's also a good spot to unpack a picnic…

7. Museum of Anthropology

7.33 MILES

Vancouver's best museum is studded with spectacular indigenous totem poles and breathtaking carvings – but it's also teeming with artifacts from cultures…

8. Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery

7.42 MILES

This ever-intriguing gallery specializes in contemporary and often quite challenging pieces, with chin-stroking new exhibitions opening in its high…