GETTING TO HORSESHOE BAY
All BC Transit buses are equipped with bike racks and there’s no extra charge for taking your bike on the bus. Since each transit bus carries only two bicycles, it’s a good idea to board at the first bus stop on the route if you can. There may be waits at peak travel times. Transit fare from downtown Vancouver via Translink is $2.75 each way for any number of zones by bus (via the 257 Horseshoe Bay Express or the 250 Horseshoe Bay routes). If transferring from the bus onto the SeaBus, SkyTrain or rail, you will need to use your Compass Card (a reloadable fare card that works everywhere on transit in Metro Vancouver) or you may purchase a single fare Compass Ticket at the Compass Vending Machine located at the station.
You can also park your vehicle at Horseshoe Bay and walk on with your bike. There is long term parking in Horseshoe Bay in the ferry terminal’s parkade, at outdoor Impark lots, and in the Lions Club parking lot across from Gleneagles golf course (it’s a short ride down into the village).
BOARDING THE FERRY BY BIKE
Cyclists buy their tickets at the foot passenger ticket office in Horseshoe Bay. Park your bike, walk up to the booth, and tell them you’re a cyclist. They will give you a passcode and directions to the security gate, which is across the street from the ticket office. Walk your bike to the gate and follow signs to the berth. There is a small waiting area for cyclists.
Bikes are loaded before the vehicles. Watch for directions from staff. You will be asked to walk your bike across the loading ramp. You can mount the bike once you’re on the main ferry deck. Cycle to the end of the vehicle deck and look to your right. There is a small bike rack (5 spaces) next to the dog area.
Foot passenger ferry fare is $16.15 (return) and the bike is an extra $2.
ON THE LANGDALE SIDE
Follow directions to the exit. If you’re taking transit, walk your bike along with the foot passengers to the bus stop. Bus fare on Sunshine Coast Transit is $2.00.
If you’re cycling away from the terminal, it’s a really good idea to wait 5-10 minutes for all the vehicles to unload, so you don’t have to deal with heavy traffic. Coast roads are narrow.
Note that the Sunshine Coast is well furnished with natural refreshment stops, especially in late summer. Menu options include salmonberries, thimble berries, salal berries, trailing blackberries, Himalayan blackberries, huckleberries, blueberries and Saskatoons.
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GENERAL CYCLING TIPS
For more information about Cycling in BC, including BC vehicle law and traffic skills, check out the bike education booklet, Bike Sense.