Hornby Island, two short ferry rides away from Vancouver Island, is a peaceful and progressive-minded refuge for artists, bohemians, young families, urban exiles, and retirees.
Conservation, cooperative community activities, participatory democracy, and volunteerism are highly valued on this green and scenic northern Gulf Island.
For most of the year, Hornby's population of about 1,000 full-time residents share the magical sandstone shorelines and forested parkland with eagles, sea lions, and seabirds. Rare packs of kayakers can be spotted offshore. A small but steady stream of visitors arrive with books, bikes, sketchpads and hiking boots. The unplug-the-phone serenity has inspired such creatives as the BC painter Jack Shadbolt, popular British novelist Sarah Dunant, and west coast poets Billy Little and Brian Brett.