There are lots of great things to do on Hornby Island. Some of these are summer only while others are all year round.
Sunbathe and swim
Tribune Bay – a big sandy beach with the warmest ocean swimming in western Canada. A 25 minute walk or five minute drive from the house.
Whaling Station Bay – another nice beach.
Little Tribune Bay – Hornby’s clothing optional beach.
Helliwell Park – a rocky shoreline with small sand and gravel beaches. A 10 minute walk from the house.
Several other small beaches and rocky shoreline accessible to the public.
Experience Hornby’s natural environment
Walk or mountain bike the many island trails. No bikes are allowed in Helliwell Park or on the trail between the house and Helliwell Park. The Comox Valley Mountain Biking website has the best trail descriptions while the Hornby Island Mountain Bike Association website lists current trail conditions. Buy trail maps at the Co-op or the nearby Hornby Island Outdoor Sports.
See the grove of rare Garry Oak trees on the trail between the house and Helliwell Park.
Paddle your sea kayak around all or part of the island. There are numerous put-in points around the island. It is about 30 km (19 mi) to paddle all around the island.
Rent sea kayaks, mountain bikes and other gear at Hornby Island Outdoor Sports near the Co-op.
Draw, paint, and/or photograph the sandstone rock formations at Helliwell, Dunlop Point, Grassy Point, Heron Rocks, and several other places on the shoreline.
See the wildlife on the island: deer, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, herons, and many other shore birds. There are no bears, cougars, sharks, poisonous snakes, or any other creatures to harm you on Hornby Island.
Learn about Hornby Island at the Natural History Centre located in the Community School.
The Room to Grow building at the Hornby Island Community School contains the Job Shop and the Community Access Centre with computers, printers, copiers, fax, and inexpensive internet access. Location: 2100 Sollans Road; Tel: 250-335-2125.