Conservancy Hornby Island undertakes and supports local and regional conservation projects to benefit Hornby Island’s land and marine environments.

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Atlas Cover-300pix-webHornby Island Marine Atlas

CHI proudly announces the publication of our Hornby Island Marine Conservation Atlas, a compendium of maps, images and information about the incredible marine life surrounding us.

“[Y]our excellent Atlas of the oceans around Hornby…is an excellent model for all communities, island or land based, to understand the real wealth of place. I will certainly point to your atlas whenever I can to show the spirit of a community that is grounded to a place. Congratulations.” – David Suzuki

To order copies through the mail, please contact or CHI, Box 55, Hornby Island, BC, V0R 1Z0. The cost is $20.00 per guide ($15 for Conservancy Hornby Island members) plus $3.00 shipping.

2017 Speakers’ Series

Rockfish poster-webRockfish Rock!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7 p.m.
New Horizons

Did you know that there is a Rockfish Conservation Area between Ford Cove and Shingle Spit, and that there are 34 different species of these colourful and diverse fish in our waters? Andy Lamb, co-author of Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest and Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest is a marine naturalist who worked for the Vancouver Aquarium and as a fisheries biologist for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In his talk on October 17, Andy will tell us about rockfish, the marine environment in which they live, and the conservation efforts needed to preserve them.

Incredible Bats
Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 7 p.m.
Hornby Community Hall

What kinds of bats live here? Where do they live? What do they do? Aren’t bats just another building problem? Essential to forests, gardens and our own comfort, bats are really amazing mammals. Our islands have a rich and important bat biodiversity! The Denman-Hornby Bat Project is helping to keep our special islands bat-friendly.   Biologist Jenny Balke will give us a bat chat on November 21. 

Herring Fest 2018 webMarine Conservation Initiative

Learn about the Hornby Island Marine Conservation Initiative. Our 2018 HerringFest is taking shape. The theme is marine mammals. Our speakers are now confirmed:

Jackie Hildering, aka The Marine Detective, who has enthralled audiences and sold our our hall with her fascinating presentations; Dr. John Ford, author of Marine Mammals of British Columbia; and Dr. Andrew Trites, sea lion & seal expert. There will also be a 50/50 art exhibition and sale on the theme of the herring run. Half the proceeds will go to support CHI’s marine protection initiative, and half will go to the artists themselves. And of course we’ll all celebrate with the Herring Ball dance!

Nature Viewing Guide

CHI publishes the Hornby Island Nature Viewing Guide both online and in print.  Hard copies are available at various locations around the island including the Co-op porch. The online guide features a map with links that will take you to the twelve different nature viewing locations.

About CHI

Conservancy Hornby Island is a Canadian registered society with charitable status since 1991. The main purpose of the society is to preserve and foster stewardship of the human and natural environment of Hornby and adjacent waters.

The Conservancy, through its own initiatives, partnership and cooperation with other interest groups has participated in securing the protection and conservation of approximately 39 % of Hornby’s land base.

Hornby is a unique island situated in the north central Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia} and is greatly affected by its marine environment and by its location in the rain shadow of Vancouver Island.

While in the dry Douglas fir coastal eco-system, Hornby island is covered by examples of the few remaining Garry oak and arbutus forests left in the Salish Sea area. While only five miles across each way it has unique broad sandy beaches, beautiful sandstone cliffs and a variety of forests covering the 1,000 feet of Mount Geoffrey located in the centre of the island. The natural environment includes a wide variety of marine and bird life, including Stellar Sea lions that winter on Norris Rocks, herring who spawn around the Island in March and many species of birds that live here or migrate annually north and south.

Naturally, the beauty and diversity of the land and sea environment attract people to Hornby Island. The winter population of Hornby is about 900 permanent residents and three to four thousand during the summer holiday long weekends. Hornby has a strong ethic of protecting the environment as noted above. Also, there are marine conservation areas over parts of the surrounding ocean.

Whaling Station Eagles fishing for perch

Whaling Station Eagles fishing for perch. Photo by Tony Quin

Conservancy Hornby Island is and has been very active in protecting and enhancing both the terrestrial and marine environments with the following activities:

  • Created a partnership to acquire the Links-Parson 450 acres of private land now known as Mt Geoffrey Escarpment Provincial Park.
  • Facilitated the donation of 40 acres of Strachan Valley forest and wet land to Mt. Geoffrey Regional Park and monitoring the Conservation covenant.
  • Coordinated the biophysical mapping of the islands Mt Geoffrey Crown lands and provided an action plan for Hornby Resident and Ratepayers Association for the management of those lands for groundwater recharge protection and public access via a forest trail system.
  • Assisting property owners in their application for a Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption (NAPTEP) and monitoring the conservation covenant
  • Funding the surveying and sampling of the marine foreshore for “ forage fish “ habitat
  • Financially assisting research into a kelp restoration program
  • Providing signage identifying rockfish protected areas
  • Coordinating the annual Audobahn Christmas Bird Count for Hornby Island
  • Maintaining the Purple Martin colonies by providing “housing “at Ford Cove and Thatch docks,
  • Membership Participation in the Provincial Parks Committee towards sensitive management of the islands three parks.
  • Through newsletter and articles informing Hornby Islanders and others of the environmental issues that affect our island,

Annual Memberships are only $10

To join Conservancy Hornby Island and or make a donation you can:

  1. Email us at
  2. Mail to CHI, box 55 Hornby Island BC V0R 1Z0