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Hornby Island

Hornby Island has been nicknamed the “Little Hawaii” of Canada. The region is well known for white, sandy beaches stretching around Tribune Bay to meet an aquamarine sea. With close to 1 km (0.6 mi) of fine white sand beach, the south-facing Tribune Bay is easily one of the most spectacular places on the east side of Vancouver Island. Shallow waters here meet near tropical temperatures during the summer, being one of the warmest salt water swimming areas in BC.

This area offers numerous opportunities for water activities, especially during the summer season. Boating activities include kayaking and even hydrobiking. Depending on the time of year, wildlife such as eagles, seals, and sealions can be seen in the area. There are also many beautiful areas to go hiking.

Location

Hornby Island is located off the eastern shore of North Central Vancouver Island, east of Denman Island and opposite Buckley Bay, 20 km (12 mi) south of Courtenay and 86 km (53 mi) or one hour drive north of Nanaimo.

Ferry service is from Buckley Bay to Denman Island, then a drive across Denman Island to the Hornby Ferry Terminal and then ferry to Hornby Island.

A Step Back in Time

Prior to the arrival of European settlers, Hornby Island was the territory of the Pentlatch, a Coast Salish First Nations band. Being semi-nomadic, they used the island seasonally, gathering resources and fishing from its shores. In 1791, the Spanish named the island ‘Isla de Lerena’, but the British later renamed it ‘Hornby Island’, after Rear Admiral Phipps Hornby, who was at that time the Commander of the Pacific Station.

By 1850, there were practically no Pentlatch left due to sickness, slave raids, and the movement of people into their territory from the north. At the end of the 1860s, George Ford, one of the earliest recorded settlers, moved from his settlement in Comox to Hornby Island. Other settlers followed. By the turn of the century, Hornby Island had become a fairly prosperous farming community, although many who came to farm found the sale of logs from the clearing of land more profitable than the farming itself.

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Hornby Island

Hornby Island & Nearby Accommodations

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Bradsdadsland Campsite

Bradsdadsland Campsite

Hornby Island

We offer spacious unique and private campsites. Each site has its own unique qualities and charm. Come and visit this beautiful island located off of Vancouver Island easily accessible by ferry. Early reservations a must from late June to early September. Great seniors discount in the off-season. Ph ... More Details
Tribune Bay Campsite

Tribune Bay Campsite

Hornby Island

Family camping in a treed setting, adjacent to Provincial Park Reserve at beautiful Tribune Bay. Sheltered, safe, sandy beach. June 15-Sept 15. Unserviced $32.00, serviced $38.00, max. 6 people per site and max 2 vehicles per site. Price includes 4 people. Additional person $3.00. ... More Details
Kye Bay Guest Lodge & Cottages

Kye Bay Guest Lodge & Cottages

Comox

Enjoy a week of fun and relaxing like no other! Explore the reef, build sand castles, collect oysters and clams, swim in the warm ocean water or just relax on the lawn while the kids explore the tidal pools. Miles of sand and no one else there except you and your friends, having the time of your lif ... More Details
TeePee Park Campground

TeePee Park Campground

Comox

Beautiful ocean front camping with sandy beach. Family oriented military campground. Easy access to all the recreational opportunities in the Comox Valley. Special rates for military. General public welcome. Leashed dogs only. 28 sites available for winter camping November - February. ... More Details
Cumberland Lake Park Campground

Cumberland Lake Park Campground

Cumberland

Located on beautiful glacier-fed Comox Lake, Cumberland Lake Park offers sandy beaches, swimming float, concessions, campground with serviced and unserviced sites, group campsite, boat launch, dock and hiking trails. The park is operated by the Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society (CLWS) a non-profit ... More Details
Galaxy RV (Courtenay)

Galaxy RV (Courtenay)

Courtenay

RV shoppers in the Comox Valley/Courtenay region can now come shop locally for RVs at our Courtenay location on the old Comox Valley Hyundai lot. ... More Details
Seal Bay RV Park Ltd.

Seal Bay RV Park Ltd.

Courtenay

Spacious treed sites in peaceful setting. Sites all fully serviced with hydro, water, sewer and cable. WiFi is also available. A trail leads directly into Seal Bay Nature Park. Boat launch, fishing, golf, biking and hiking all close by. 40 minutes to Mt. Washington. ... More Details
Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Courtenay

Enjoy the spectacular view of the Inside Passage to Alaska at Bate Beach Oceanfront Resort. Located just north of Courtenay, adjacent to Seal Bay Nature Park on Georgia Strait, there are excellent hiking and cycling trails, canoeing, beach-combing and more. We offer different styles of accommodation ... More Details
Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Black Creek

Our beautiful, full-service ocean side destination resort is located halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River. Pacific Playgrounds International is situated in a tranquil location surrounded by lush trees along the bank of Oyster River with stunning coastal views. Just steps away from Saratoga B ... More Details
Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina

Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina

Campbell River

Salmon Point Resort is an oceanside vacation destination for the entire family or a base camp while you enjoy the many activities the area has to offer. Only minutes from Campbell River and Courtenay, our resort is the gateway to Vancouver Island and all its beauty. Our RV Park has various type of s ... More Details
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