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Vancouver Island

Hornby Island

Photo by Dave Silver

An island of hot sandy beaches and smooth singletrack

This idyllic island doesn't run short on stunning vistas, hot sandy beaches, cool forest lowlands, and of course, legendary smooth singletrack. Blessed with mild winters and good drainage, Hornby’s trails remain open year round. Spring and early summer offer valleys complete with tacky dirt, almost abandoned trails, and otherworldly seas of sword fern while autumn offers golden rides thorugh dampened forests. During winter's storms, trails remain mild and reward hardy souls equipped with the right gear with lush, rain-soaked forests.

This vacation hotspot is one of the best places to BC to let the days roll by while revelling in the joy of island time. Leave the quad, the dirt bike and the jet ski at home. Hornby, like fine wine, is best savoured slowly over a few days while rolling on two wheels.

Number of Trails:
Highest Elevation:
299 m
extra difficult

Hornby Island Inspiration

Uncover stories from an island paradise.

Getting Here

Getting to Hornby Island requires some planning, but it's worth it to reach this special place.

The key to getting to Hornby Island is smoothly connecting two ferry crossings. The last ferry to connect over to Hornby Island departs Buckley Bay for Denman Island, located on central Vancouver Island, at 6 pm each day (with the exception of Friday, when the last ferry departs at 9:30 pm). Once on Denman, drive 10 minutes across the island to reach Gravelly Bay and take another ferry to Hornby Island. Summer travel is very popular, so visitors should expect overloads and travel delays, especially on weekends.

Driving Distances & Times (approx.)

  • Nanaimo - 110 km (68 mi), 2 hours
  • Victoria - 220 km (137 mi), 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Vancouver - 185 km (115 mi), 4 hours 30 minutes

The nearest airport to Hornby Island is located in Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), just a 30 minutes drive north of Buckley Bay. Airlines with direct flights include WestJet, Air Canada, and Pacific Coastal Airlines

Another option is to hop on a float plane to the shores of Hornby. A number of companies can provide private charters and Harbour Air offers three scheduled floatplane flights per day to and from the Comox Harbour during the summer, where a water taxi can be arraned to pick you up and take you to Hornby in about 30 minutes.

The network on Hornby Island is central and all trails are accessed from the same main area.

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