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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands  > Hornby Island

Hornby Island
Hornby Island is located south-east of Denman Island off of the East Coast of Vancouver Island around 18 km (11 miles) south of Courtenay.

BC Ferries
To get here, the easiest way is to take the BC Ferries starting north of the small community of Fanny Bay at Buckley Bay. From Buckley Bay the ferry takes you over Baynes Sound to Denman West on Denman Island. Once on Denman Island, it is a short distance to the south-east side to Gravelly Bay where you catch another ferry to Shingle Spit on Hornby Island.

Ocean Paradise
Approaching Hornby Island across Lambert Channel to Shingle Spit aboard the BC Ferries, you can see beautiful panoramic ocean views, long sandy beaches and excellent boating opportunities. Hornby Island is an ocean paradise. Everything about the ocean can be able found here - kayaking, scuba diving, sailing and fantastic swimming in some of BC's warmest ocean waters.

Tribune Bay Provincial Park
If you enjoy sandy beaches, Hornby Island has a really lovely one at Tribune Bay Provincial Park. The beach is nice and long with lots of room between you and your neighbour. The beach tends to be quite gradual in slope making it really kid-friendly allowing you to relax with the sounds of the soothing ocean-wave action from the south.

Sandy Beach
The sandy beach found at Tribune Bay extends out into the aqua-blue ocean with an excellent southerly view. Adjacent to the beach is a sandstone rock shelf that meets the sandy bottom offering you excellent snorkeling opportunities. The bay, because of this sandstone shelf, provides excellent protection from the wind and has good moorage for pleasure crafts.

Explore Around the Ocean
There are some other areas to explore around the ocean including the beach and swimming at Whaling Station Bay, beach combing at Shingle Spit and the rock formations at Helliwell Provincial Park. If you enjoy walking, the 5 km (3 mile) circle walk to the Helliwell Bluffs, is well worth it with excellent panoramic views of Flora Island and the Strait of Georgia off St. John Point.

World-class Scuba Diving
For world-class scuba diving, you can try Hornby Island Diving; they are known for their expertise especially in the chance of spotting a six-gilled shark There are also kayak tours, lessons and rentals available throughout on the island with Hornby Ocean Kayak. If you have a boat or need marine services or scuba air fill-ups, there is a marina situated at Ford Cove located at the end of Central Road past the Co-op near Norman Rock.

Art Galleries and Artisans
If you enjoy local art, then Hornby is the place with various art galleries, displays and artisans found throughout the island. Known as an artists' haven for all types from metal sculpture, dance studios, pottery shops to even a blues workshop.

Hornby Island Co-op
The Hornby Island Co-op is where you'll find most of the shopping and cafés on Hornby Island. The Co-op is conveniently located at Central and St. John's Point Road near walking distance to Tribune Bay and the Tribune Bay Campsite. At the Co-op you can find fuel, propane, groceries, a liquor outlet and a hardware store. The bike shop is located here plus various clothing boutiques and places to eat or have some coffee.

Co-op Park
There is also the Co-op Park next door that features fresh organic fruits and vegetables, café shop, fish-and-chip shop and every once-in-a-while, the local flea market. You will be impressed with area musicians that sometimes perform daily for an audience in the Co-op Park.

Hornby Island Cycling
If you enjoy cycling and mountain biking, you'll really be impressed by the local enthusiasts who live on Hornby Island. Hornby Island is very bike-friendly throughout with bike racks, bike lanes and bike trails everywhere, making cycling very doable on a full-time basis.

Mount Geoffrey Park
A must thing for you to do is to pick up the local bike map of Mount Geoffrey Park available at the bike shop. For the cost of a donation this map is indispensable. The trail system is unreal and when they say 'smooth' they are not kidding. For those who require an adrenaline rush, try going down 'No Horses,' you'll be smiling at the bottom - this one's a real laugh!

Multi-use Trail
Also located on Mount Geoffrey is the multi-use trail allowing horses and hiking. The walk around the cliff trail will give you excellent views of Hornby, Denman and Comox north. The trail intertwines with the biking trails and the map found at the bike store is highly recommended before venturing out.

RV Camping
There are two campsites located on Hornby Island. Both are very family orientated and can provide you with a couple of options. Tribune Bay Campsite is conveniently located close to the Hornby Island Co-op and Tribune Bay. Bradsdadsland is within walking distance to Shingle Spit, the ferry terminal and the Hornby Island Resort featuring a restaurant and the Thatch Pub.

Bed & Breakfast
For other accommodation there are also a number of Bed & Breakfasts found throughout Hornby Island as well as cabin rentals on a weekly basis.

Information on Hornby Island



Mao of Fanny Bay
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BC Ferries to Hornby Island
BC Ferries to Hornby Island


Photo of Tribune Bay
Tribune Bay


Tribune Bay Moorage
Tribune Bay Moorage


Hornby Island Kayaking
Hornby Island Kayaking


Mountainbiking on Mount Geoffrey Park
Mountainbiking on Mount Geoffrey Park


Hornby Island Co-op
Hornby Island Co-op

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