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Denman Island
Denman Island is located about 29 km (18 miles) south-east of Courtenay and 47 km (29 miles) north-east of Qualicum Beach.

Strait of Georgia
Denman Island is situated in between Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel in the Strait of Georgia. The island is approximately 5 km (3 miles) wide and around 19 km (12 miles) long. The population is around 1,100 inhabitants (2008) full-time residents with the population rising quite substantially and even doubling during the summer months.

Buckley Bay
To get to Denman Island you have to take a BC Ferries scheduled sailing from Buckley Bay on the east side of Vancouver Island. The ferry terminal at Buckley Bay is located on Hwy 19A just north of Fanny Bay and just south of Union Bay on Baynes Sound. The ferry crossing takes around 10 minutes to cross the distance of 1.2 nautical miles.

Diverse Geography
The Denman Island geography is very diverse and unique. You can find on the island lots to do, from taking pictures of picturesque farms, exploring and beachcombing the craggy and rocky beaches, experiencing beautiful panoramic oceanfront views, and enjoying the hiking trails found near some very lush and green forests.

'Downtown' Denman
For supplies or information hub concerning the island go to the 'Downtown' area situated on North West Road just minutes from Denman West Ferry Terminal. Situated in the Denman Village are Down to Earth - Gallery and Gifts which main feature is the diverse ceramics display, artisans, bakery, meeting areas for people - Denman Island Art Centre, St. Savior's Anglican Church
and the Denman Island General Store & Café.

Denman Island General Store & Café
Denman Island General Store & Café whose building dates back to 1908, has everything that you need including a liquor outlet, the famous Café on the Rock, Post Office, grocery store, gasoline and propane. The store seems to serve as the main communication link for the island.

Concerts Denman
If you enjoy the art and music scene found along the BC Coast, you will love Denman Island. Concerts Denman brings together a series of all the talented local music, dance and theatre for a weekend of innovated West Coast entertainment.

Denman Island Events
Other events on Denman include the Denman Island Readers' and Writers' Festival held in mid-July and the Denman Island Pottery Tour that falls on the May Queen Victoria Day long weekend and the Denman Island Home & Garden Tour held every two years.

Waterfront Parks
There are two small ecologically sound lakes on Denman Island - Chickadee Lake in the north and Graham Lake in the south. For recreation, the three provincial parks that are on the ocean waterfront are well worth seeing and provide a rare glance of the ocean ecosystem discovered on Denman.

Boyle Point Provincial Park
One is Boyle Point Provincial Park where there are incredible viewpoints of the Chrome Island Lighthouse and Baynes Sound. Located on the south point of the island the wildlife watching and trails along the south side of cliff areas are incredible. Just remember though, the trails can be slippery and dangerous.

Jáji7em and Kw’ulh Marine Park
The other is Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park now called by the First Nation name of Jáji7em and Kw’ulh Marine Park, you normally access the island by boat from Comox. If you're lucky, you can access Sandy Island and the nearby Seal Islets on very low tides from Denman Island. Take note though you are required to check the tide tables when exploring the shoreline otherwise you could be stranded along the shores on high tides.

Hornby Island
For more ocean waterfront exploring Denman Island is also the link to another Gulf Island called Hornby Island. Situated just north of Boyle Point Provincial Park is Gravelly Bay; this is where you catch the BC Ferries scheduled 10-minute sailing to Shingle Spit on Hornby Island. Hornby Island is famous for beautiful sandy beaches, great mountain biking and a laid-back lifestyle making life trouble-free.

RV Camping
If you would like to tent or stay in an RV next to the beach on Denman Island, camping can be found at Fillongley Provincial Park. Unfortunately, the park only has ten vehicle- accessible campsites and, due to popularity fills up fast; however, they do have five campsites available for reservations, but you have to reserve as early as possible. A great feature of Fillongley Provincial Park is that it offers both great kayaking or canoeing opportunities.

Information on Denman Island



Map of the Fanny Bay area
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Denman Island from Buckley Bay
Denman Island from Buckley Bay


BC Ferries M.V. Quinitsa
BC Ferries - M.V. Quinitsa


St. Savior's Anglican Church
St. Savior's Anglican Church


Denman Island General Store & Café
Denman Island General Store & Café


Welcome to Denman Island
Welcome to Denman Island


View of Chrome Island Lighthouse
View of Chrome Island Lighthouse



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