Things to Do
Sailboat (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
It's tempting enough on Denman Island to soak up the unhurried serenity, devour a stack of novels, get fresh air as required, and call it a holiday.
However, those seeking a livelier agenda can hike, bike, kayak, birdwatch, tour artist studios, visit a working orchard or chocolate factory, and shop and dine in Denman Village.
Lined with forest, Graham and Chickadee lakes are popular swimming holes with docks, rope swings, and no-motorboat policies that favor paddlers and trout fishing. Ocean kayakers, meanwhile, can rent gear on Denman and point their oars to sea lion-friendly Chrome Island and the beaches of Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park.
Beachcombers wander Denman's rocky shoreline from nearly a dozen access points (while stepping clear of beaches licensed by commercial oyster operations). The sand spit at Fillongley Provincial Park is easily accessible. Millard Beach looks across Baynes Sound to nearby Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island. And flat, sun-warmed sandstone rocks welcome picnickers along East Road.