Hornby Island Travel Guide

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Hornby Island Highlights

  • Pro
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    nebulaflash says…

     nature is revered 

  • Con
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     Hard to get too (three ferries), not much open during off season. 

  • In a nutshell
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     great place for solitude 

Hornby Island Things to Do

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    by Albernfrau Written Jul 6, 2009

    1) Big Tribune - most popular but also the busiest. Large, long stretch of sand.
    2) Little Tribune - pebbly beach frequented by nudists
    3) Whaling Station Bay - sandy beach and not as busy as Tribune

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Hornby Island Restaurants

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    by Albernfrau Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Only bakery on Hornby and it is fabulous. Sell bread, bagels, croissants, granola, cookies, bars, tarts, eclairs, pie, cake. Lunch menu of crepes, paninis, salad, etc.

    Also a cool clothing and gift store next door as well as coffee bar. Public cottage garden as well.

    Favorite Dish: You must try their cheesesticks which are the best I have ever had in my life! Everything of theirs is good. I also love the almond, chocolate swirls....yummy! They also sell pates, dips, breads, and in the evening fresh pizza. Sit and enjoy your purchase at one of the lovely picnic tables throughout their orchard setting. Enjoy a look through their amazing flower garden. Oh and don't forget to check out their outhouse where you can enjoy great art while on the loo.

    Best to go early as many items sell out!

    Live Music on Wed. and Sun. nights; warning it gets packed!

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Hornby Island Shopping

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    by Albernfrau Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Small shop with fabulous, unique clothing for men and women. Great silver and wood jewellery. Windchimes. Stone sinks and statues. Other neat gift items.

    What to buy: I bought a beautiful pair of capris $35 handmade in Indonesia as well as a one-size fits all summer pants $45 that I am sure to live in this summer. I also bought a gorgeous silver ring with red stone $26

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    by Albernfrau Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Women's and children's clothing and shoes as well as gift items. Everything is so very unique. The children's clothes are adorable.

    What to buy: I bought a beautiful pair of shoes made in India ($35), an American Apparel shirt ($25) and the most unique socks I have ever seen www.soxtrot.com ($14).

    In the past I bought a very neat meditation ring. I tried to buy more this time but ever since the tsunami they have not been able to contact the Thai man who made them. Very sad. I cherish the ring even more now.

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    by Albernfrau Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Groceries, alcohol, clothing, toys, hardware, bakery, magazines, ice, etc. The COOP is the largest store on Hornby Island and you can usually find everything here. Warning though - it can get very busy. Order alcohol from the catologue downstairs.

    Gas station next door as is the ringside market with coffee shops, ice cream, food, books, clothing, gifts, etc.

    M - S 9:30 - 5:30

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Hornby Island Off The Beaten Path

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    Hornby Island

    by crummey Updated Jun 17, 2003

    Hornby Island is a Northern Gulf island. Hornby Island is on the east coast of Vancouver Island. It is in the Comox Valley telephone exchange.

    Hornby Island is about some three hours north of Victoria; and two ferry rides away. A ferry must be taken from Vancouver Island to Denman Island. And then a second ferry from Denman to Hornby Island.

    Ferries to and from Hornby Island stop running at about 6pm; except fridays. So be prepared to spend the night.

    Hornby Island is named after Captain Hornby R.N.; A man who never actually ever set foot on the island.

    Originally inhabited by Indians, English settlers began to arrive in the 1870's.

    The Weather on Hornby Island is great; the growing season is about 3 weeks ahead of nearby Comox valley.

    Hornby Island has beautiful views of the Mainland and Vancouver Island glacier capped mountains that surround it.

    Hornby Island is known as a mecca for new age spiritualists and alternative lifestyle types. And renowned for it's vibrant art culture.

    In many ways the life of Hornby Island revolves around the new-age "Hornby Island Co-op". This co-op will be something hard for you to miss. There is also a bar on the islan. It is called "The Thatch".

    On Hornby Island, there is all forms of recreation and tourism: swimming, golfing, boating, camping etc.

    There is a large sandy beach called Tribune Bay ( named after HMS Tribune) and another called Little Tribune ( renowned for it's nudists.)

    Because of the proximity of the Comox Valley, only scant ferry rides away, a person could take advantage of municipal buses and government sponsored ferries to cover much of the region from Hornby Island to Denman Island, onto the towns of Courtenay, Cumberland and Comox.

    Hornby has quite a mild climate. In the spring there are grape and apple trees in bloom, cherry trees, flowering scotch broom, daffodils, wild flowers and more. There is even orchards of Kiwi trees growing on Hornby Island.

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Hornby Island Favorites

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    by crummey Written May 5, 2004

    Favorite thing: when you go to hornby island... bring cash...there is only one bank machine on the island...

    the bank machine is where the thatch pub is...

    hitch hiking is common on Hornby Island.

    drive across the island from the ferry to to the cooperative...the co-op is right by Tribune Bay and by the beach....everyone hangs at the co-op....you will make friends there....there is a small semi-secluded nude beach about a half mile away....

    ...bring beer and food and stuff....and think ahead...because the co-op and the other stores all closeat about 6pm.

    Fondest memory: Tribune Bay and the Co-operative

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    by crummey Written May 5, 2004

    Favorite thing: when you go to hornby island... bring cash...there is only one bank machine on the island...

    the bank machine is where the thatch pub is...

    hitch hiking is common on Hornby Island.

    drive across the island from the ferry to to the cooperative...the co-op is right Tribune Bay and by the beach....everyone hangs at the co-op....you will make friends there....there is a small semi-secluded nude beach about a half mile away....

    ...bring beer and food and stuff....and think ahead...because the co-op and the other stores all closeat about 6pm.

    Fondest memory: Tribune Bay and the Co-operative

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