Hornby island

photo credit: Kyle Hansen

What to do

LET THE ADVENTURE CONTINUE

Hornby is an outdoor enthusiast’s oasis. You can swim, kayak and sunbathe in warm weather, and in any weather enjoy hiking, cycling, bird watching, boating, and fishing. The clarity of local waters, for world class scuba diving, is best in the non-summer season.

Situated in the calm protected waters of the Georgia Strait between the mainland and Vancouver Island, Hornby is an excellent place to expierence any ocean activity, whether it be stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, or diving.

Water

Hornby Island Kayaking and SUP rentals is conveniently located at Tribune Bay with the option for delivery to the beach of your choice. Depending on the time of year, you will see eagles, seals, sea lions, whales, interesting intertidal life and diverse bird species. Our customers return from paddling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Case and his team are happy to share their knowledge of Hornby Island. They paddle year round and encourage you to try ocean kayaking with them at any time of the year.

Hornby Island Kayak Lessons Ja-dai-aich Kayak Instruction seeks to provide an opportunity for Hornby Island residents and visitors to learn and improve sea kayaking skills, while deepening their connection to the waters that surround the ‘outer island’. Sea kayak skill development clinics, Paddle Canada certification courses, youth programs and custom courses are offered.

Hornby Island Diving is a family business that has been owner operated for over 30 years. Our knowledge and experience means you get safe, fun dives at the best sites. Our guest lodge, dive boat and tank fill station are among the best in BC, so you can enjoy our wonderful diving in comfort.

Inter Island Charters has been providing fishing & sightseeing boat charters, as well as a water taxi service to Hornby Island for decades. Can pick you up from Comox, Deep Bay, Fanny Bay, Buckley Bay, Denman Island West, Denman Island Gravelly Bay, Lasqueti Island, and more. Call Jim at 250-335-2996 or cell 250-218-2996 to arrange your trip.

Hornby Island Ocean Adventures is a boat charter company that caters to your personal desires. With a luxurious and professional boat, we offer fishing charters, sightseeing, and personal cruises on the Hornby Island waters and the surrounding area.

Land

Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre offers outdoor educational programs for youth and specialized groups. Programs include climbing, high ropes courses, team building activities, kayaking, marine study boat, and much more.

Hornby Island Recreation is a committee of the Hornby Island Residents’ and Rate Payers’ Association. Hornby Recreation’s mandate is to provide recreation programs for all members of the community and visitors all year round and to promote a healthy way of being in which physical activity is a valued and integrated way of everyday life.

EAT, DRINK and BE MERRY

Explore Hornby Island and you will find some of the most beautiful and unique dining experiences. With incredible pizza, seaside meals, and great cafes, Hornby has something for everyone.

The focal point of Hornby Island commerce is the large Co-op grocery store, liquor sales, gas station, and the adjacent Ringside Market. The Ringside has coffee shops, cafes, clothing and craft shops, a realtor, and bike shop. Across the street from the Co-op is a fruit & produce stand, a nursery and home & garden center.

Be sure to take some time to sample organic and fresh delights at the local boozeries.   to a selection of mead, wine or spirits!  View a map of the Hornby Island Booze Cruise here.

Relax, enjoy the ambience and treat your taste buds to any or all of the charming establishments Hornby Island has to offer!

THE SPIRITED SIDE

Take some time to see the spirited side of Hornby Island by sampling the organic and fresh delights at our local boozeries. Plan your route by viewing the Booze Cruise map here.

Mead 

Middle Mountain Mead is an artisan honey winery combining the best of ancient and modern techniques to create small lots of premium handcrafted mead.

Wineries

Carbrea Vineyard & Winery offers Small lots of hand crafted wines are produced in Carbrea’s micro-winery using French oak for aging our red wines and Italian stainless fermentation tanks for aging our whites.

Little Tribune Farm & Winery makes organic wine, and grows organic blueberries. They believe that healthy soil will produce the best tasting food, and that life is too short to drink bad wine.

Hornby Island Winery is the newest vineyard and winery on Hornby Island is located on Anderson Drive out near Whaling Station Bay

Spirits 

Island Spirits Distillery offers spirits distilled by an icebreaker captain and chemistry professor. They claim their pHROG Gin and Vodka spirits are so pure they won’t give you a hangover. Care to take the test?

Explore Hornby Island and you will find some of the most beautiful and unique dining experiences. With incredible pizza, seaside meals, and great cafes, Hornby has something for everyone.

LIVING ON THE EDGE, BEACHES & WATERFRONT PARKS

Hornby Island is blessed with beautiful parks, beaches and hiking trails. Available year around and free of cost, these natural gems are here for residents and vistors to enjoy. But take care, the unique environment of Hornby Island is both beautiful and fragile. Stay on the trails, respect guidelines, and above all, be fire conscious at all times!

Tribune Bay Provincial Park

Big Tribune Bay is one of the warmest salt-water swimming destinations in British Columbia. With nearly a mile of gorgeous white sand, this beach is why Hornby is called the Hawaii of Canada. The park provides a safe place for families to swim and wade in shallow water, explore tidal pools, or play on the beach when the tide is out. Dogs are not allowed on the beach. There is a day-use picnic area, but no overnight camping.

Helliwell Provincial Park

Donated by John Helliwell, he felt this piece of land was just too spectacular for the public not to have access to. Thanks to him, we all get to enjoy the dramatic grassy bluffs and old-growth forests that make Helliwell so unique and awe-inspiring. A five-kilometer walk circles the park along the spectacular bluffs and through the old-growth forest of huge weather-beaten firs, pines and oaks. Look out to Flora Island for a glimpse of the sea lions basking on its shore.

Grassy Point 

Famous for its great sunsets, Grassy Point is named after the grassy hillside that descends to a protected pebbly beach. There are park benches to relax on, or you can sink your toes into the soft rounded pebbles that radiate the suns warmth well after dark. On those particularly dark nights you can lay in the grass watching the stars, or see the ocean come to life with each swim stroke through the natural wonder of phosphorescence.

It is also an amazing beach-combing location where you’re sure to find countless crabs, fish, eels, and starfish under any rock you turn over at low tide.

Sandpiper Beach 

Sandpiper Beach is a nice neighbourhood park providing swimming, plenty of beach logs to sit on, and places to pull up your boat. There is a parking lot, with a seasonal outhouse, available for all to use. The upper area, called “the meadows” has a mowed area and various yoga instructors hold summer classes there.

Whaling Station Bay

Although surrounded by private properties, Whaling Station Bay has several dedicated, public beach accesses, with parking, leading directly to the beach. With huge expanses of sand, especially at low tides, the sandy bay is popular for swimming, water sports, and bird watching.

Click here to view a map of Hornby’s beaches and parks.

ART WHEREFORE ART THOU?

Part of Hornby’s charm is the vibrant artist community that thrives throught the island. Take the opportunity to visit the many year-round studios & galleries. Need help planning your trip? Check out Hornby Island’s Art Council’s comprehensive Studio Guide and map of local artist studios.

Hornby Island Galleries

Hornby Island’s Arts Council serves as an umbrella organization for the Hornby Island arts community. Enjoy their Gallery, Performance and Resource Centre.

Arbutus Arts at Fords Cove features Island artists and offers art supplies, fax services and small collectables.

Silk, Felt & Waldorf Toys Toys made in a simple manner from all-natural materials, such as silk, wool and felt, according to the principle ‘Less is more’. Leaving the child’s imagination to run free.

Jelly Bean Colour has Brilliant Tie Die at the Farmer’s Market Wednesday and Saturdays 11 - 2.

Bent Art Studio - 4975 Arthurs Rd.

Elspeth Landscape Artist Studio is open July - August 11 - 4. Located at 5455 Porpoise Cresent

Thatch Gift Shop at the Hornby Ferry Landing offers local arts, crafts, jewlery and custom furniture. open daily July and August.

Cannon Road Pottery showcases stoneware by Susan, Silas and Kai Crowe. Open 11 - 4 July and August with phone appointments during other months.

Hornby Island’s Artists 

Alpen Kelley‘s work is a kaleidoscope of her travels and experiences. She works in a broad spectrum of media but keeps a core of natural elements throughout.

Caroline James Fine Art - Caroline’s work has continuously changed and evolved along with her own changes and personal growth but certain things remain constant. Presently she is obsessed with mixed media collage, the reinvention of recycled media and their transmogrification from detritus to ‘distinction’.

Dana Statham uses vibrant colours to invoke feelings of perpetual summertime, and aims to represent her idyllic island lifestyle through acrylic paint. A lifetime connection to Hornby Island has provided no shortage of inspiration when it comes to her creative process. Coastal landscapes, arbutus trees, and underwater kelp gardens are common themes in her work.

Glen Rabena - Though more illustrative than traditional, Glen’s ability to capture the spirit of his subject makes his prints much sought after by both Northwest Coast and Wildlife collectors.

Michael Selby - Inner Light refillable rose candles are handmade on Hornby Island from the finest quality beeswax and paraffin and come in a rainbow of colours and a bouquet of scents. Custom candles are also available.

Michael Williams uses both new and reclaimed wood as the canvas for rustic representations of national pride. Each piece is handcrafted and individual, ranging in size from small ornaments to large wall hangings. Every piece is suitable for either indoor or outdoor decoration.

West Coast ceramist Rachelle Chinnery uses a unique sculptural technique to hand carve porcelain with an organic repeat pattern found in coastal geography. Her porcelain work is in museum collections in Europe, Asia, and Australia; in 2007 she was a recipient of the Carter Wosk British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design.

The pieces made by Roberta Pyx Sutherland seek to engage the global perspective and broad view of landscape inspired by satellite imagery. She’s trained as a printmaker overseas and some of her prints are extremely large. Apart from Hornby, Roberta also has a studio in Victoria.

Robin de Lavis has been the recipient of many awards including a full scholarship to Vancouver Film School, as well as scholarships to study under Russian Iconographer Vladislav Andrejev and visionary artist, Alex Grey. Her work is collected worldwide and has been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Rome, Italy.

Elspeth Armstrong and her husband moved to Hornby in 2007 – a landscape painter’s paradise. She uses bold and dramatic colour to capture the beauty and wonder of the Canadian landscape, focusing mainly on BC’s coastal terrain. Elspeth’s acrylic on canvas paintings express her joy and awe of the richness around her. Her paintings can be found in corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S. England, Norway and South Africa.

Denman Island Galleries 

Arts Denman hosts an Arts centre, Summer Gallery, concerts and the Readers & Writers Festival

Denamn Craft Shop showcasess over 70 locals crafters

MUSIC TO MY EARS

Hornby Island is home to creative, diverse musicians who share their love for music with visitors through weekly performances, annual events, festivals and workshops. Sit back and groove to melodic sounds in some of the most unique and charming venues around.

Weekly Music

Jazz at the Thatch Pub - Every Friday night for the past 20+ years, we have show-cased our local Jazz musicians playing in the Pub from 7-10p. We also offer a spectacular Baron of Beef buffet to go along with the music

Throughout the summer, The Cardboard House and Pizza Galore hosts music nights with live outdoor performances on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Great for families and anyone who enjoys relaxing on the grass, eating delicious food and listening to music.

Festivals

Hornby Festival should not be missed! This annual nine-day Festival presents twelve to sixteen concerts in late July/early August. The primary venues are the charming Community Hall and, for our outdoor performances, Olsen Farm, with its fabulous ocean and mountain backdrop. Beginning in 2006, the Hornby Festival began its widely successful “Art in Unusual Places”, with the main stage artists performing short sets at unusual outdoor locations such as Sandpiper Bluffs, the Recycling Depot, or the beach at Big Tribune Bay.

Hornby Festival also puts on events throughout the year so be sure to check out their event listings before planing your visit!

Workshops

Blues Workshop May 3d - 9th. provides an intimate experience and a great opportunity for blues students and musicians to enhance their skills in this very special music genre.

Hornby Island Blues Society also puts on concerts, check out their Blues Events page.

HEALTH, WELLNESS AND SERENITY

After flowing down Hornby’s amazing trails, rejuvenate your tired muscles and mind by embarking upon a journey of self and serenity. Take a moment to slow down and immerse yourself in the calming tranquility that exists throughout the island.

Yoga 

Sundoor Yoga  offers an experience in the art and practice of Yoga through weekly classes, weekend workshops, and retreats.

Island Yoga with Jennifer offers outdoor morning yoga classes in the beautiful Sandpiper meadow.

Yoga Together has an array of services including private yoga lessons, group yoga classes, retreats, teacher training and yoga Thai massage.

Mindfulness 

Deerheart Sanctuary offers a simple refuge for heart and spirit, deerheart offers the opportunity for meditative inquiry, yoga practice, healing, rest and solitude.

Hornby Island Writing Studio – Developmental writing has been defined as secular meditation. It is an introspective practice for exploring growth, working through creative blocks, and finding equilibrium through poetry, expressive writing and reflective journaling. Individual and group sessions or workshops available.

Body Healing

Blissful Bodywork offers Massage therapy. Contact andrearutz@hotmail.com for more information

Rolfing Magic with Shannon Warnick, a certified advanced Rolfer offers structural integration

Fitness 

Hornby Recreation provides recreation programs for all members of the community and visitors all year round and to promote a healthy way of being in which physical activity is a valued and integrated way of everyday life.

FARMERS’ MARKET

The Hornby Island Farmers’ Market was created in 1995 out of the need to promote and facilitate the display and sale of the ever growing bounty generated on our island, be it produce or crafts.

The Hornby Island Ratepayers Association donated the original site and from its humble beginnings to the present move to the new park, the market has been a success. The “Make it, Bake it, Grow it” motto allows the patrons to be assured of Hornby Island quality and diversity at its best. The market has grown over the years into a full bloom summer event.

We’re a vibrant group of growers, home-bakers, hand-makers, artisans, and painters. Most of us are long-term residents who have spent many years exploring, developing and perfecting our craft. We are proud to bring you our harvest, the best from Hornby’s farms and studios, kitchens and gardens.

From the soil, picked early in the morning, the freshest of what’s in season: vegetables, fruit, flowers, and herbs, all spray-free and naturally grown. And from our nurseries you’ll find all sorts of perennials, shrubs, baskets, and bedding plants.

We are located in the new park, the Copse, next to the RCMP on Sollans Road.  See more here!

This bustling outdoor market is open 11 - 2, Saturdays in mid May through until the end of September. A second day, Wednesdays, is added during July and August.