British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide

 
Only a hop, skip and jump away, literally!
Experience the West Coast tradition of Island hopping. All island hopping trips generally include a stop-over on Hornby Island. The popular weekend or vacation experience of getting to see all the wonderful islands often occurs with trips starting on Vancouver Island. Horby is accessed from Vancouver Island by vehicle ferry to Denman Island and then a second vehicle ferry to reach Hornby’s remote camping, retreats and peaceful, bucolic island!

Cratered sandstone shores, black soil and soft white beaches backed by ravishing green forests stand out in memory from high up on a hiking trail.

The attitude is here is to preserve. To want not, waste not. Back to grassroots, traditional farming and proper use of the land. Few residents toil or stress. Much effort is put into family, arts, culture, land caretaking and the four seasons. Inspired Hand made soaps, wooden carvings, and coastal paintings adorn the local shops and studios.

Getting to the root of life, means experiencing a well-deserved retreat to Hornby Island!

Travel note: Most visitors arrive by car using the BC Ferry system. Hornby Island can also be reached by floatplane from the mainland or watertaxi from other surrounding islands.

Population: 966+

Highlights:
Annual Hornby Festival – early August. The annual Hornby Festival draws musicians, performers and visitors from across the country.
Diving - St. John Point at Helliwell Provincial Park
Sports fishing highlight: opt for open ocean fishing by charter or lake fishing for trout.
Boyle Point Provincial Park medium grade walk offers great Hornby Island views
Hornby Community Hall
Bench Trail – hike or bike
Whaling Station Bay
Hornby's Tribune Bay the locally known Little Hawaii retreat, sheltered bay for swimming. Tribune Bay is one of the best beaches in British Columbia and the nearby trails are equally worth a visit.
Deciduous trees: bigleaf maple, red alder, black cottonwood, Pacific flowering dogwood, cascara and multiple species of willow.
Evergreen trees: Douglas-fir, Western red cedar, western hemlock, grand fir, lodgepole pine and arbutus.

History:
The Coast Salish First Nation populated much of the West Coast shores for over 5,000 years. Hornby was the territory of the Pentlatch tribe. They made their home here for nearly nine months out of the year. The annual hunting and collecting trips that provided food sources of fish and berries in other areas around the islands (ei. Seasonal harvest and salmon runs) caused the families to live semi-nomadic lifestyles. Hunting, fishing, carving, collecting, family, spirit and traditional rituals were much apart of their daily living.

Almost all Pentlatch disappeared after the arrival of the white explores in the late 1700’s. The Spaniards arrived in 1791 A.D., naming the island “Isla de Lerena”. However, the British who were predominantly settling in the area by 1850 elected to brand the island with the name Hornby Island.

Since, the island has been infrequently populated by whalers, farmers, American's escaping the Vietnam War draft, and today is under the close watch and preservation by the residents and artists, who call Hornby home.

Climate:
Summer average 19 degrees Celsius
Winter average 6 degrees Celsius

 

Hornby Island Accommodations

Saltwater Surround Sounds Retreat, Hornby Island

Saltwater Surround Sounds Retreat, Hornby Island

Where solitude sets the pace.

» The Cabin from: $ 750.00 per week
Hornby Island, BC, 5315 Reicken Rd.
Ph. (250) 384-9096

(Accommodations, Cabin - Log Cabin - Cottage, Vacation Rentals)

Hornby Island Things to Do