|Nicholson Road is an ongoing photo project aimed at sharing and celebrating the different communities in Metro Vancouver. Each week Vancouver Is Awesome will be featuring an image from the previous week, shot in one of the many ‘hoods around town in order to draw your attention a little bit outside of the hyper-focus that we usually have on the City of Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver Is Awesome, and you should get out and explore it!
As the northern-most incorporated municipality in Metro Vancouver, the Village of Lions Bay is off the radar for most of us. Its resident population is second only to Belcarra as the smallest in the metro, with around 1,300 residents (compared to less than 700 in Belcarra). I’m willing to guess the most involvement many of you have had with the village is reading its name on the exit signs on your way up to Whistler via the Sea to Sky.
Get into the village and you’ll find there isn’t too much more to discover, apart from some absolutely beautiful residential architecture, a few bus stops, the Lions Bay General Store and Cafe, an art gallery, library, post office, and a couple small businesses. Venture down to the water and you’ll find two beach parks and the Lions Bay Marina.
This quiet, residential hillside village atmosphere is largely why the residents love it so much. It’s the type of place where you can go for a stroll down to the beach every morning, striking up conversations with neighbours following the same routine. It’s small enough to maintain a really strong community, and large enough to allow for a bit of diversity, though many of the residents are artists and musicians (CBC favourite Colin James is one of them!)
And to think, you can live in a secluded, forested village, winding up the side of a mountain (the village gets its name from the twin peaks guarding over it to the east), and still be about a 30 minute drive from one of Canada’s major cities (and arguably the most awesome!) Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Archives of the Nicholson Road project can be found HERE.