What are some key features of Horseshoe Bay in British Columbia?


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Horseshoe Bay is the name of a natural bay as well as the adjacent village in West Vancouver, British Columbia. The bay fronts Howe Sound and is home to the Horseshoe Bay BC Ferry Terminal. The town is also Mile Zero of the Sea-to Sky-Highway that leads to Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort. The village is clustered around the terminal and the adjacent small boat marina. Getting to Horseshoe Bay from downtown Vancouver means crossing over the Lions' Gate Bridge.

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Geographically speaking, Horseshoe Bay is cup-shaped and surrounded by the heavily forested and usually steep North Shore Mountains. The ferry terminal is near the center of the cup, which gives the car-carrying ships ample room to maneuver. Passengers may travel to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Langdale on the Sunshine Coast and to Snug Cove on Bowen Island.

Noted local peaks include Hollyburn Mountain, Mount Strachan, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour. The latter two are prime ski resort areas that also are popular for mountain biking during the warmer months. Brunswick Mountain is the tallest North Shore peak, at 5,866 feet. The Lions are a pair of granite mountains sitting next to each other, which is how the Lions' Gate Bridge got its name.

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