Pastoral scene


The Haven is centrally located for all that Hornby has to offer. Walk, bike or drive, you can be at a beach, in the forest, shopping, or eating out.

Tribune Bay mountain biking Community Hall music

Pictures, left to right: Jake skimboarding at Tribune Bay, Brian mountain biking, Community Hall venue for many events, Marc Atkinson singing.

Hornby is reknowned for it's beautiful beaches. Tribune Bay Provincial Park's gorgeous sandy beach is rated one of the top in all of Canada. (day park only, no pets). Enjoy swimming, sun tanning, beach volleyball, skim boards for the kids, and just hanging out. Sandy Little Tribune Bay is known as a "clothes optional" destination. Whaling Station Bay usually has a beach volleyball court set up, and fun for the whole family, leashed dogs are allowed, too. Some of our favourite hikes are along the shoreline, most of the island's shores are accessible, with an abundance of shells, intertidal life and pretty rocks. Several areas have petroglyphs (ancient Native carvings) and others have fossils (sharks teeth, shells, even dinosaur bones have been found).

If hiking/walking are your thing, you'll love Hornby! Helliwell Provincial Park offers a spectacular circle hike on the bluffs. The island is laced with an extensive network of well maintained trails. The 750 acre Mt. Geoffrey Nature Park and the 400 acre Mt. Geoffrey Escarpment Park are excellent places to explore the ancient Pacific rain forests, the bluffs, the meadows and the vistas. There are trails suitable for all fitness levels.

Hornby is a "spirited"island. You can tour the facilities, and sample the offerings, at the Phrog Distillery, Fossil Beach Cidery, Middle Mountain Meadery, and Lerena Vineyard. Find great restaurants at SeaBreeze Lodge, Hornby Island Bakery & Pizzeria, the Thatch Pub (& legendary jazz night on Fri.) & Wheelhouse Restaurant (ATM), Forage Cafe, VOR IZO Cafe, Lix, Ford Cove Fish 'n' Chips, Sizzle, Jeremy's Smoke House, and pizza at the Cove. Buy your own at local farms and stands, and the Wed./Sun. Farmer's market. (a short walk from the Haven). The Coop store has a good selection of groceries, hardware, gas and liquor. Ford Cove Marina store is open dawn to dusk, 7 days a week.

Ringside Market Eating out at SeaBreeze swimming at Tribune Bay waterfront dining at the ferry

Pictures, left to right: Ringside Market at the Coop, SeaBreeze Lodge outdoor eating, Tribune Bay Provincial Park, Wheelhouse Restaurant at the ferry landing

Bring your sports equipment if you like baseball, tennis, or golfing. Bicycles and kayaks can be rented at the Ringside Market. The Outdoor Shop at the Ringsiderents kayaks , gives lessons and offer guided tours. They meet you at various island beaches, depending on the weather and direction of winds. They also rent, repair and sell bikes and gear. Other boats can be rented at Ford Cove marina.

The Medical Clinic (doctor and dentist), School with the Natural History Museaum, the Computer Access center, Arts Council & Gallery, the R.C.M.P. office, Seniors Center and Public Library are behind the Community Hall. The Hall is home to movies, dances, art shows, and the Island Farmer's Market (on Wednesdays and Saturdays). The May Blues Festival and the summer Hornby Festival are very special events.

Studio and Farm tours - from pottery to photography, to the three island plant nurseries, to roadside flower stands..the commerce on the island is all accessible. Touring is another great way to spend any overcast days.

Fishing or sightseeing charters can be booked with Inter Island Charters. View the sea lions, visit the light house, check out the plethora of bird-life or land a gleaming spring salmon. It is great to be on the water! Or in it, Hornby Island Diving is well known for their spectacular diving trips.

Helliwell Park   Phipps Point sunset  Kayaking at Little Tribune Bay   scuba diving

Pictures, left to right: Helliwell Provincial Park, Phipps Pt. at sunset, Kayaking at Little Tribune Bay, scuba diving (pic. Hornby Island Diving)