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The Postcard-perfect Seaside Village of Horseshoe Bay

  • Nov 23, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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It looks like it will be a beautiful day Saturday, so lets bundle up and head to Horseshoe Bay.......

Horseshoe Bay is a small, quaint and picturesque village on West Vancouver's North Shore and home to approximately 1000 permanent residents. It figures most prominently as the location of the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. It is a also a charming place to visit, where small, seaside shops and restaurants offer a taste of a mellow, laid back lifestyle, accompanied by views that are spectacular.


Cha-Hai is the Squamish Nation name for Horseshoe Bay. For the Squamish people it was a sheltered bay in which they rested as they travelled up and down the coast. In 1792, Captain George Vancouver sailed into and around Howe Sound, but it was not until 1858 that the area was surveyed by Captain Richards in H.M.S Plumber.  During the early 1900’s some small logging operations took place in Horseshoe Bay, later the area became “cottage country” for  many wealthy Vancouverites. They came by boat, and when the  P.G.E. Railway was completed, by train. In 1931, a new era began for Horseshoe Bay when Dan Sewell acquired some waterfront property and established a resort called Whytecliff Lodge. This was located on the approximate site of what is now the Boathouse Restaurant.  Mr. Sewell later added a marina to his operation, all a part of his plan to cultivate a sport fishing business. Equipped with a fleet of boats, and lots of available salmon, the word soon spread that Horseshoe Bay was “the place” to go fishing.   It did not take too long for the likes of several high profile entertainers such as Bing Crosby to come to Horseshoe Bay for the fishing. As Horseshoe Bay was quite sheltered, several small ferry services started up in the area.  In the early 1950's the operators of Black Ball Ferries in Seattle approached West Vancouver council about leasing property in Horseshoe Bay.  After the proposal was approved, Black Ball Ferries began running a service to  Gibsons Landing in 1951, later they  expanded their  service to Bowen Island and  Nanaimo.  In 1958 strikes at Black Ball Ferries threatened to isolate Vancouver Island without ferry service.  In response, the BC Government purchased Black Ball in 1962.  Currently BC Ferries runs services to the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island and Bowen Island from Horseshoe Bay. 

WHERE WILL WE MEET? In the little plaza across the street from Trolls restaurant. Following the photo-walk, we will meet up for lunch/snacks/warm beverages.....

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? A Camera, it doesn't matter if you have a camera phone, a pint and shoot or a DSLR, any camera is fine.....a tripod is optional. Wear comfortable clothes that will keep you both warm! It will be cold.

HOW DO I GET THERE? For transit info.....www.translink.ca....If you are driving, there is both free parking on the streets as well as pay parking lots. 

WHAT CAN I PHOTOGRAPH? There will be lots to capture...incredible landscapes, people and their pets, lots of nature and the small quaint homes and shops.

RSVP PROTOCOL - if you RSVP to this event and then can't make it please have the courtesy to change your RSVP so that people on the waiting list will have a chance to participate. If you are on the waitlist and can't attend, please remove your name from the list.

We are enthusiastic about photography and lovers of the City of Vancouver and the GVRD....however we are not qualified to answer any technical questions you may have...there are also lots of very skilled people in the group that are always willing to assist..and Barry Brady has kindly offered to answer any questions by email. Just go to the homepage and hit contact.

AT ALL TIMES, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FELLOW PHOTO WALKERS, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS!

AFTER THE MEET-UP DON'T FORGET TO UPLOAD EIGHT OF YOUR BEST IMAGES

Hope to see you there!

Kelly & Tracy and Jan



 




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  • Tharaka M.

    Priceless experinece.. As always.. Thank you..

    November 24, 2013

  • Eugene F.

    Thanks for organizing the photo walk on a sunny day*

    November 23, 2013

  • Darrell M.

    A lovely day to capture the scenes and meet new people.

    November 23, 2013

  • Nuwan

    A great location.. great light with lots of reflection plus a nice bunch of people! wow... what else I can ask for? Thanks for organizing this kelly, Jan and tracy - awesome!

    November 23, 2013

  • tracy

    Nice to see everyone,it was a nice way to spend a Saturday

    November 23, 2013

  • Liz H.

    Just beautiful - postcard perfect, as promised

    November 23, 2013

  • Robert S.

    Sorry too, unexpectedly car won't start this morning, dead battery. Hope to make up next time.

    November 23, 2013

  • Donna B.

    FATALITY on Hwy 99 around Lions Bay... so I am not going to be able to get through. The highway is closed until sometime betweet 12:00 and 2:00. It's only taken me about 15 months to finally decide to go on one of these photowalks. I am lucky that I saw the sign on Hwy 99 at the foot of my street in Squamish. All I saw was "Lions Bay" and I passed under it so I tunned in to the traffic report. I feel bad for those who are probably sitting on the hwy wondering what's going on. But most sad for the one who has passed away.

    November 23, 2013

  • Yenny

    Sorry. I can no longer make it :(

    November 23, 2013

  • Jason T

    Hi Kelly! I just got off work due to a possible gas leak so im coming but may be a few mins late! :)

    November 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kelly,

    I can not be there today.
    Have a nice day

    November 23, 2013

  • Tharaka M.

    Can I bring a guest. .? Just in case there's any room. ?

    November 23, 2013

    • kelly

      just go back to your rsvp and change to +1

      1 · November 23, 2013

    • Tharaka M.

      Thanks Kelly..

      November 23, 2013

  • kelly

    What a beautiful morning...if any of you have change your plans, please change your RSVP

    November 23, 2013

  • John N.

    Is it a Go for Saturday? And what time?

    November 20, 2013

    • John N.

      Ok. I still don't have the hang of this. so how do I join up or is there no more room?

      November 22, 2013

    • kelly

      top right, green box rsvp..i've just added a couple of spots

      November 22, 2013

  • Brigitte

    Hi Kelly. I can't make this walk and have changed my RSVP for both this and the meal after. Hope everyone has fun. Thanks.

    November 22, 2013

    • kelly

      sorry to hear that Brigitte....see you soon

      November 22, 2013

  • Joe B

    My +1 can't come any more, so I've changed my RSVP - hope this is OK...

    November 22, 2013

    • kelly

      of course..and i appreciate you doing so

      November 22, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Just checked the message board. I am in the UK until Sunday. Looks like I will have to miss this one. Have a great time everyone. Maybe a repeat on the Spring?

    November 21, 2013

    • kelly

      Hi Jeanette, have a safe flight home...yes this is certainly popular....a definite repeat!

      November 21, 2013

  • Nancy

    I won't be able to make it this Saturday so I have changed my RSVP. I look forward to the pictures. I hope the group goes there again. Have fun.

    November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Turns out I need to be out of town. Bummer.

    November 20, 2013

  • Nuwan

    Waiting for another beautiful photoshoot.. C ya all there.

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry...cannot make this date. Hopefully next time.

    November 19, 2013

    • kelly

      Sorry it didn't work Wendy...it certainly looks popular so will probably get repeated...

      November 19, 2013

  • Leanne

    Depends on the date/ time, but would like to join.

    November 15, 2013

  • Lea

    I'd love to come. It will depend on the date though.

    October 31, 2013

    • kelly

      And the date depends on the weather :)

      October 31, 2013

  • Brenda

    Sounds totally fabulous--but when? I have a couple of other commitments so will need to work around those. Soooooooooooooooooo enjoyed the Cemetery Walk...

    October 30, 2013

    • kelly

      As soon as it looks like a decent Saturday or Sunday....

      October 30, 2013

  • Joe B

    I'd love to go but of course it depends on the date :)
    Is it OK to RSVP now and change it later if I can't make the date?

    October 29, 2013

    • kelly

      of course

      October 29, 2013

  • kelly

    Hi Mia...not yet....just waiting for the weather report...

    October 28, 2013

  • Mia J.

    Love to come, do you have a date yet?

    October 28, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Thanks for the history on Horseshoe Bay, interesting.

    October 23, 2013

  • Nancy

    Even though there is no date, I would love to go to this one and have signed on! Hopefully the date will correspond with my schedule. :)

    October 23, 2013

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