Blessed with one of the west coast's finest white sand beaches, Hornby Island has evolved into an ultra beach-bound getaway.
Swimming and skimboarding in Tribune Bay's famously warm (by Vancouver Island if not quite tropical standards) and shallow ocean water is just the start for aquatic adventures.
The rest of the year doesn't lack for interest, either. Upwards of 300 California and Steller's Sea Lions bask and bark at Norris Rocks near Hornby's southeast corner each winter. The Herring spawn in March attracts thousands of gulls, Harlequin Ducks and eagles for a feeding frenzy.
Spend a day paddling around the island, a distance of 25.5km/15.9mi. Bring a personal kayak or rent one from Hornby Island Outdoor Sports at the Ringside Market. Single and double kayaks are available to experienced kayakers. Boats are delivered direct to shoreline departure points.