Charmingly serene Denman Island is a refuge for some 1,100 residents off the east-central coast of Vancouver Island.
Artists, farmers, academics, and eclectic progressive-minded folk of all kinds have found what they're looking for in a lovely environment dotted with lakes, forests, orchards, parks, and rocky shorelines. Locals mingle in quaint Denman Village during the day, then cocoon at home as evening falls and an already sleepy island gets quieter still.
Denman is a low-profile northern Gulf Island with just enough accommodations and activities – hiking, kayaking, visiting art galleries, attending festivals, local farms and orchards – to keep active minds and bodies engaged. It might lack the attractions, restaurants, and infrastructure of a tourist destination. But that's just fine with Denmanites. They happily refer to their home as "the bridge" or "speed bump" for traffic hopskipping to neighboring Hornby Island, one of BC's top summer holiday spots.