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image by Arnaud Leroy, 1 April 2006
Source: village hall
Lions Bay (no apostrophe in the name, it's named for The Lions, a twin peaked
mountain visible from the Vancouver area) is part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District,
located on the Sea-to-Sky Highway (the route to Whistler).
Dean McGee, 18 March 2006
From the village website
Incorporated on January 2, 1971, the Village of Lions Bay is one of the smallest municipalities in British Columbia.
Lions Bay forms part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District and is also a member of several municipal and community associations, including the Lower Mainland Municipal Association, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee, Howe Sound Community Forum and West Vancouver School District #45.
On January 2, 1971 the Village of Lions Bay was officially proclaimed an incorporated municipality.
As part of the celebrations of 25 years of incorporation, the Lions Bay Historical Society sponsored a Flag Design Contest. Residents were asked to submit their designs for a municipal flag. Victor Miles was the winner of the contest and as you can see the flag symbolizes the essence of Lions Bay - the two lions which represents the mountain peaks above our village, the seagull which is our village symbol and also the name of our community newspaper and of course, water.
Phil Nelson, 1 April 2006
The village website gives some pretty good background.
The village is located north of Horseshoe Bay (which itself is part of the District of West Vancouver) on the "Sea-to-Sky Highway" which connects the 2010 Olympic sites of Vancouver and Whistler. Most Vancouverites only see Lions Bay as a fleeting glance at 100km/h on the highway.
The Lions in the flag (and in the name) refer to the twin-peaked mountain known as "the Lions" which is visible in the North Shore mountains from Vancouver, and which is East of Lions Bay.
Some Lions Bay residents commute to work in Vancouver or West Van, while many enjoy their status of being isolated -- but not too isolated.
At Discover Vancouver there is a history of the area:
The settlement was started by a real estate developer in 1956, when the road and railroad first gave access to anyone besides boat-owners. The area is on the shore of Howe Sound, and lot sales slowed after several houses were damaged by Typhoon Freda in 1962. The area became a Village in 1971, and received both a school and cable TV in 1977. West Vancouver's bus service has served the community since 1987.
[bibliographic note: the info at discovervancouver.com is directly from the
Greater Vancouver Book, which I have used previously as a source for local flags
and history, so this info is also on p.117 of the book.
Dean McGee, 2 April 2006