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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Tribune Bay Beach
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Tribune Bay Beach