WEB HerringFest 2018 final poster

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.

Upcoming 2018 Events:

HerringFest 2018: March 7 to 11 @ The Hall


SEA LIFE BOAT TRIPS: March 7, 8, 9, 11  (not 10th): 
Sun Corona boat trips to view sea lions, sea birds and spawning herring (weather permitting.) E-mail to sign up. By donation.

HERRING SCHOOL: Limited space available. Admission by donation. Please email to enroll.

Friday, March 9, 7 p.m.:

Jackie Hildering: “BIG GULP: The varied feeding strategies of BC’s Humpback Whales”:   (By donation.)

  • Jackie is a researcher with the Marine Education and Research Society
  • Expert on whales, particularly Humpbacks and Killer whales,
  • Focusses on protection and conservation needs of marine mammals,
  • She’s an avid diver and known as “The Marine Detective”

Saturday, March 10

9:30 Doors open for coffee and registration

10 – 10:45: Grant Scott: Conservancy Hornby Island’s Marine Conservation Initiative

10:45 – 12: Dr. John Ford:
“WOLVES OF THE SEA: Ecology and Life History of Killer Whales in BC”

  • BC Marine Mammal expert, research scientist (emeritus) with the Pacific Biological Station, and author of Marine Mammals of British Columbia
  • Ford will discuss how orcas rely on a healthy and productive food web in which herring plays a key role, describe the foraging specializations and other cultural traditions of west coast killer whales, and give us an update on their conservation status.

12-1: LUNCH catered by Hornby Island Co-op

1-2:15: Dr. Andrew Trites:
SEA LIONS GALORE: Why are there so many around Hornby?”

  • Trites specializes in North Pacific marine mammals and is a BC sea lion expert
  • Professor and Director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit in the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at UBC in fields of nutrition, ecology, physiology, behaviour, anthropology and oceanography.
  • His research furthers the conservation and understanding of marine mammals, and helps resolve conflicts between people and marine mammals.

2:15 – 4:30: “BE PART OF THE SOLUTION – Panel Discussion – What Can We Do?”
CHI’s Mike Berman chairs panel of all speakers including local experts to:

  • Answer questions from the school participants
  • Discuss what marine values need to be protected
  • What are the planning tools for protections?
  • What has been done elsewhere?
  • What are our next steps?

7:00 p.m. HERRING BALL dance featuring The Songbirds 
Cash bar. $10 at the door. (Door opens 7 p.m.)

HerringFest is partially funded by HICEEC and the Hornby Island Community Fund

May 15, 2018, 7 p.m. @ Hornby Community Hall: Dave Manning, author of The Old Man and the Vultures, will tell us about these interesting birds.

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