Nature on Hornby Island

Bonaparte's Gull - Photo: Tony Quin

Bonaparte’s Gull – Photo: Tony Quin

In the Salish Sea lies a delightful and unique island with a diversity of habitat and beautiful sandy beaches. Hornby Island is a small island located between the B.C. mainland and Vancouver Island, two ferry rides from the mid-point of the east coast of Vancouver Island. It is about 30 square kilometres and extends in a snail-like foot out to St. John Point and Helliwell Park.

The island and surrounding waters are abundant with wildlife: waterfowl and birds, deer, sea lions, seals, river otters, bald eagles, orcas, herons, garter snakes, hawks, possum, bats, owls, wildflowers, tiny cacti and more. Accessible beaches are rich with intertidal life. Exploring the island is safe: there are no dangerous animals or poisonous snakes.

Dozens of hiking and biking trails weave through woodlots, along beaches and over fields, with paths from the seaside up to the stunning vistas of Mount Geoffrey, which rises 275 meters above sea level.

Sea Blush and Camas - Photo: Paula Courteau

Sea Blush and Camas – Photo: Paula Courteau

Coast Salish First People left many signs of their life here. In the sandstone rocks petroglyphs can still be found. There are shell middens above the shores. Low tides reveal piles of stones from early fish traps.

Hornby Island is fortunate in having 33 percent of its land mass protected and preserved as Provincial and Regional Parks and as Crown Land.

Please enjoy the natural beauty of Hornby Island and help conserve and protect our environment.