Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Three forested parks, plenty of oceanfront access points, and roadside walks make Hornby Island an excellent destination for hikers.
Easy, moderate, and challenging routes suit all fitness levels.
Pick up trail maps at Hornby Island Outdoor Sports (Ringside Market near the HI Co-Op). And give thanks to the Hornby Island Residents and Ratepayers' Association, whose trail committee won an Islands Trust Community Stewardship Award for its work.
Helliwell Provincial Park
Islanders and regional hiking guides alike rate the delightfully scenic 5km/3.1mi loop trail in Helliwell Provincial Park as Hornby's best. It leads to St. John's Point at the island's breezy eastern tip. The lightstation on Flora Islet warns sailors away from the jagged rocks. The waters here are home to the rare six-gilled shark. And the sculpted sandstone cliffs inspire photographers and sketchpad artists.
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520 4th St
Courtenay, British Columbia
Fully catered guided sea kayaking & whale watching tours in British Columbia's Johnstone Strait (home to Robson Bight - the world's only orca preserve) & God's Pocket Provincial Park, northern Vancouver Island, since 1996. Our paddling tours in heart of whale territory allow you to maximize chances of seeing orcas & whales & explore the turquoise waters of several islands. Novice kayakers welcome - no prior experience is necessary. We use top of the line Seaward kayaks, whip up memorable gourmet food & provide all gear & kayak instruction needed.