Laced with pristine beaches and lush coastal rainforests, Hornby Island is a captivating slice of British Columbia with provincial parks and a rich farm-to-table food scene. It's part of the Northern Gulf Islands, a peaceful archipelago known for its bohemian artist communities.
Things to do in Hornby Island
Hornby Island is dotted with provincial parks, including pristine Tribune Bay. You can sunbathe on the long sandy beach or cool off in the Strait of Georgia. On the island's south coast, Ford's Cove offers a unique chance to scuba dive with bluntnose six-gilled sharks. Hikers can head to Mt Geoffrey Regional Park to enjoy its scenic walking and mountain-biking trails.
Over the years Hornby Island has inspired a collective of artists, including British Columbian painter Jack Shadbolt. Pick up a map from the Hornby Island Arts Council and enjoy a self-guided tour of the island's studios and workshops, where you can admire local talent and chat with resident artists.
Set on the slopes of Mount Geoffrey, Middle Mountain Mead is famous for its aged apple cider and artisan honey meads infused with lavender, cranberries and ginger. Carbrea Vineyard & Winery is another Hornby Island staple, known for its beautifully manicured grounds, chic tasting room and oak-barrel-aged Pinot Noir.
Thanks to its serene setting, Hornby Island is an ideal place to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Sign up for classes at Sun Door Yoga, indulge in a massage or discover the art of crystal healing. If you think nature is the best medicine, rent a kayak and paddle in the Strait of Georgia, where you can spot sea lions and orcas.
Getting around Hornby Island
Ferries run from Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island to Denman Island, then onwards to Hornby Island. During summer, the Hornby Bus whisks passengers around the island. Bikes are also a great way to get around.