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.
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.
Summer average 19 degrees Celsius
Winter average 6 degrees Celsius