Lions Bay

What You Need
to Know Before
Visiting Lions Bay

Heading north of Vancouver? Travel to scenic Lions Bay, a mostly residential community on the eastern shore of Howe Sound. It is the 10th smallest municipality in British Columbia by land area and one of the least populous, with 1,334 residents according to the official 2016 census. The seaside village is just 30 minutes from Vancouver on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, 30 minutes from Squamish to the north, and an hour away from Whistler.

Lions Bay used to be a summer camping destination for many Vancouver residents, who access the shore by boat. It was in the 1960s when people started to settle permanently, and the community was incorporated as a municipality in 1971. Its name was derived from the West and East Lions, the twin peaks providing a majestic backdrop to the village and visible throughout the Lower Mainland.

Things to Do In and Around Lions Bay

You can find numerous local connector trails and hiking trails in Lions Bay, which are perfect for staying fit and active while on a vacation. However, you must take note of some safety precautions before heading out into the wilderness.

Visit Shannon Falls Provincial Park, where you’ll find the third-highest waterfall of British Columbia. Its strong cascade drops more than 1,000 feet above the Sea-to-Sky Highway and its waters draw in plenty of nature buffs in warmer months. 

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With over 100 marine species, Porteau Cove is an ideal scuba diving spot. You can also explore beyond the cove on a boat, with the only public one accessible from Highway 99 between Squamish and Horseshoe Bay. If you’re looking for a more relaxing activity, enjoy a picnic on the beach and watch divers emerge from or disappear into the waters.

Staying in Lions Bay

Your vacation in Lions Bay wouldn’t be complete without a cozy place to stay. The village has a large selection of vacation rentals, many with picturesque views. Whether you’ve booked an apartment or a waterfront house, make your cleaning chores hassle-free through Life Maid Easy’s eco-friendly cleaning services.

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