Welcome to Conservancy Hornby Island Website

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

Marine Conservation Initiative

Learn about the new Hornby Island Marine Conservation Initiative.

Speakers’ Series

DucksWe are planning the 2016 speakers’ series for February, March and onwards.

Proposed Topics

  • The Herring Fishery
  • The Water and Geology of Hornby
  • First Nations Aquaculture.
  • Andy MacKinnon the West Coast plant life author and expert, whose November 27th 2015 talk was very well received, will return to speak and lead a guided walk.

Members will be notified by email, and posters will be displayed at New Horizons, the Co-op, and Ford Cove.

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.


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 chihornby@gmail.com
  2. Mail to CHI, box 55 Hornby Island BC V0R 1Z0