Posted by: cherylyoung | March 19, 2012

If I told you a single ticket on this ferry could take you to Paradise, would you go?

The gateway to Howe Sound,the Sunshine

Coast and central Vancouver Island

 Horseshoe Bay is a quain t and

picturesque seaside village on the;

 North Shore

Located to the northwest of Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay

is best known for its BC Ferry terminal, serving Snug

Cove on Bowen Island, Langdale on the Sunshine Coast,

and Departure Bay in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Ferries glide in and out of Horseshoe Bay, and the wake

from the larger boats creates surf as they hit the

shoreline.

Modest though these waves are, it’s an unusual sight

in these sheltered waters.

The bedroom community of Horseshoe Bay is also the

starting point of the intensely scenic Sea to Sky Highway

(Highway 99), which winds through the Coast Mountains,

from coastal rain forest at Horseshoe Bay, through

Squamish, alongside Garibaldi Provincial Park, through

the Resort town of Whistler and on to Pemberton and Lillooet.

Journeys began and ended in Horseshoe Bay long before

the arrival of the first Europeans.

For Native people, Horseshoe Bay was a traditional

meeting place, used both as a seasonal fishing

encampmentvand a place to spend a night when

travelling between villages on the Squamish River

and Burrard Inlet.

The sheltered bay was called ch’xay or Chai-hai, after

the swishing sound made by schools of little fish stirring

up the waters of Horseshoe Bay.

In 1991, it was discovered that Horseshoe Bay Park

stands atop an ancient shell midden.

The pleasant waterfront of Horseshoe Bay offers

quaint cafés, a wide variety of restaurants, shops and

boutiques, with great views of the surrounding

mountains, islands and scenic Howe Sound.

Recreation in and around secluded Horseshoe Bay

includes sea kayaking, scuba diving, boating, hiking,

skiing and cross-country skiing.

Location: The Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal is located

on Highway 99, on Howe Sound, 12.5 miles (20 km)

northwest of Vancouver.

North of Horseshoe Bay is the community of Lions Bay.

Situated at the head of Howe Sound and surrounded

by mountains, Squamish is cradled in natural beauty

as only a West Coast community can be.

Growing in fame as the Outdoor Recreation Capital

of Canada, visitors will discover the abundance of

attractions, activities and opportunities to explore in the

community of Squamish.

Before the white man came to the Squamish Valley,

the area was inhabited by the Squohomish tribes.

These Indians lived in North Vancouver and came

to the Squamish Valley to hunt and fish.

The first contact the Indians had with the white man

was in 1792, when Captain George Vancouver came to

Squamish to trade with the Indians near the residential

area of Brackendale.

During the 1850s gold miners came in search of gold and

an easier gold route to the Interior.

Settlers began arriving in the area in 1889, with the

majority of them being farmers relocating to the

Squamish Valley.

The first school was built in 1893 and the first hotel

opened in 1902, on the old dock in Squamish.

Squamish means Mother of the Wind in Coast Salish, which

is testimony to the winds that rise from the north before

noon and blow steadily until dusk, making Squamish

a top wind surfing destination, and host to annual

PROAM sailboard races.

The Stawamus Chief, the second largest freestanding

piece of granite in the world, has made Squamish one

of the top rock climbing destinations in North America

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