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Beach on Hornby Island

Hornby Island

Geography

Hornby Island is one of BC's northern Gulf Islands. Some 75% of the island is green space, and its coastline is a mix of white sand beaches, rocky sandstone formations and high bluffs.

The interior features forest, mountainous parkland, orchards, farmland, and neat clusters of residential development.

Neighboring Denman Island is to the west and separates Hornby from Vancouver Island. Stevens Passage off Hornby's eastern tip (St. John's Point) leads towards Lasqueti Island, Texada Island, and the BC mainland's Sechelt Peninsula.

Surrounding Communities

Like Cortes Island to the north, it takes two short ferry rides from Vancouver Island to reach Hornby. Departure point is the BC Ferries terminal at Buckley Bay, 86km/54mi north of Nanaimo and 20 minutes south of Courtenay along either the scenic Oceanside Route or the multi-lane Highway 19. The distance from Buckley Bay to Victoria is 197km/122mi. Denman Island is the first landfall. It is a quick 15-minute transit to the Gravelly Bay terminal.

Climate and Weather

Sheltered from the more dramatic meteorological extremes on Vancouver Island's west coast, Hornby enjoys mild and largely dry weather in spring, summer, and fall. About 1,336mm/53in of rain falls annually according to the Hornby Island Groundwater Society – an organization that appreciates every last drop on an island faced with perennial water shortages.

The closest Environment Canada weather station at Comox Airport pegs average regional summer highs in the mid 20°C/70°F range and winter lows a few degrees above the freezing mark.