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Tribune Bay Provincial Park
Tribune Bay Provincial Park is located on Hornby Island about 50 km (30 miles) south of Courtenay and 69 km (43 miles) north of Qualicum Beach.

BC Ferries
To get there, take the scheduled ferry crossing on BC Ferries from Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island to Denman Island, then drive to Gravelly Bay on the east side. From there, take another scheduled BC Ferry to Shingle Spit on Hornby Island.

Hornby Island
Once on Hornby Island, follow the signs - first travelling on Shingle Spit Road, then Central Road to the four-way intersection at the Hornby Island Co-op; from there, turn left on St. Johns Point Road and follow the signs to the parking lot. The parking lot at Tribune Bay Provincial Park is approximately 10 km (6 miles) from the ferry terminal at Shingle Spit.

Sandy Beach
The parking lot at Tribune Bay Provincial Park is fairly large and RV friendly. It's a short walk from there to the ocean, where you can find one of the best sandy beaches for swimming and watersports in British Columbia. The swimming here is incredible with the beach having some of the warmest salt water on the coast. The beach area is large and contains some very private areas nestled into the drift wood. There are lots of places for kids to build sand castles and play in the small tide-pools that form along the beach when the tide comes in.

Snorkelling
Besides the beach area for swimming, there is a large rock outcrop that sweeps along Tribune Bay towards headlands in the west. This place is great for snorkelling and kayaking, and it provides a nice private area for relaxing on the boulders and accessing the water. Just beyond the headlands, the shore comes back into Little Tribune Bay where there is a much smaller beach that is clothing-optional. You can access Little Tribune Bay by vehicle off Central Road on Little Tribune Bay Road.

Park Facilities
The facilities at Tribune Bay Provincial Park include pit-toilets, a picnic area, and a short trail through a grass field. At the far eastern end of the trail, there is a tennis court set above the beach with grasslands buffering the vehicle noise between St. Johns Point Road and the beach. Tribune Bay Provincial Park also offers a large covered picnic shelter close to the beach suitable for a family event or gathering.

Campground
Unfortunately, there is no campground at Tribune Bay Provincial Park and camping is not allowed anywhere in the park or other parks on Hornby Island. There is private camping available on Hornby Island at Bradsdadsland Campsite, Hornby Island Resort, Ford's Cove Marina, and at Tribune Bay Campsite next to the Co-op, which happens to be the largest campground and is situated right next to Tribune Bay Provincial Park. The nearest provincial park with camping is at Fillongley Provincial Park on Denman Island.

No Lifeguards Present
Just remember swimming is at your own risk with no lifeguards present in BC Parks. Although the weather may seem calm on most summer days along Tribune Bay, it can get very inclement at times, so please be careful and keep an eye on children and non-swimmers. Also, pets have to be controlled and on leash with dogs prohibited from the beach. There is no drinking water available and all liquor consumption is banned.

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Hornby Island

 

Sign for Tribune Bay Provincial Park
Tribune Bay Provincial Park

 

Tribune Bay
Tribune Bay

 

Driftwood along Tribune Bay
Driftwood along Tribune Bay

 

Tribune Bay Beach
Tribune Bay Beach

 

Picnic Shelter at Tribune Bay
Picnic Shelter at Tribune Bay

 

Tribune Bay Beach
Tribune Bay Beach

 

Tennis Courts
Tennis Courts

 
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