Denman Island and Hornby Island are known as the ‘Jewels of the Pacific’, for their natural beauty, their simple way of life, and the variety of opportunities they offer for activities suitable for all members of the family.
Denman is just a short ferry ride from Vancouver Island and Hornby Island is just another short ride from Denman. Both islands are also service by bus and air service from Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo.
Both these islands offer great fishing, kayaking, sailing, hiking, cycling, riding, swimming, and strolling. The area abounds with wildlife. Hornby Island Tribune Bay Provincial Park, boasts one of the best warm-water beaches in British Columbia, sandy, and safe. Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but are welcome on the hiking trails as long as they are leashed.
Hornby also has two other provincial parks, Helliwell, and Mount Geoffrey Escarpment. All parks on Hornby are for day use only. Helliwel has a beautiful winding walkway that circles the bluffs, and passes through long stretches of old-growth forest. Helliwell is an environmentally sensitive area and care should be taken to stay on the marked paths.
Denman Island also has three Provincial Parks. Boyle Point Provincial Park is at the very south end of the island. Along its coastal area, you will see eagles and sea lions.
Fillongley Provincial Park has impressive stands of old growth Douglas Fir, and Red Cedars. Camping sites are available in this park. All facilities here are wheelchair accessible.
Denman Island has an active Arts Center with year round classes, displays, and theater and dance performances. Throughout the year there is a continuous series of workshops, and exhibitions. There are sufficient restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other services to meet the needs of all visitors.
Both islands are inhabited by numerous artists and craftsmen who welcome you to their workshops. The Buddhist retreat center, on Denman Island, offers several three to ten day silent meditation retreats from June through September.
A visit to either or both of these islands is a memorable experience.