“There are so many kids in Lions Bay. It’s not a sleepy retirement community,” says Talbot. And the beach is a hidden gem. “In the summer, everyone is down there and you know everybody. People are swimming every evening… kids are all playing together.
Each fall around Halloween, the local firehall puts on a community fundraiser and party. “There’s a bar, a pig roast and face-painting for the kids,” says Talbot. “At night the parents get to dance and party… It’s an awesome event.” A number of homes in Lions Bay also have a tradition of serving mulled wine. “Bring your travel mug and plan your circuit around the village.”
“If you go to the General Store around 7 or 8 a.m., the Morning Glory muffin is still hot from the oven,” says Talbot. And the chicken curry soup is “unbelievable.”
Todd Talbot of Love It or List it Vancouver reveals his favourite haunts in Lions Bay
There’s a little truth in every timeworn saying, especially “Home is where the heart is.” And it really rings true when talking to Todd Talbot about his Lions Bay community, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it village off the Sea-to-Sky Highway just north of Horseshoe Bay. “The reason we moved to Lions Bay was that we wanted to find balance between that rural out-of-the-city feeling and still be within 30 minutes of downtown,” says Talbot. When he’s not working in TV or real estate, or chipping away at the never-ending renovation of his house, he spends time with his family, exploring the best of this seaside enclave.
Click through for Todd’s favourite places to eat and play in Lions Bay.
Janet Gyenes is a writer, editor, beverage columnist and co-founder of 70 magazine, an online travel publication. She has co-authored two travel guidebooks on Vancouver and has put her insatiable curiosity to work in words and photos, covering topics such as tasting sherry in Spain, mule-riding in Molokai, and tracking textile trends in Turkey. She regularly writes for BCLiving about food, beverage, design and more.