With scenic views, forested hills and beautiful beaches, Hornby Island offers an extraordinary opportunity for outdoor activities including world-class mountain biking, hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, scuba diving and horseback riding. Hornby is considered by many to be a “jewel of the gulf” with the long white sandy beach at Big Tribune Bay as its biggest attraction for tourists and residents alike.

Every August the annual Hornby Festival attracts thousands of visitors from all over Canada. The Festival hosts an array of world class Canadian and internationally- acclaimed artists offering instrumental, vocal, dance and theatre performances. It is a summer highlight, whether enjoying a classical performance at the hall or dancing the night away to world beat, jazz, classical or contemporary sounds.

enjoy world-class entertainment

Both Brett Marten and Marc Atkinson live on Hornby Island with their families. Marc is a well known Juno-award winning artist. Joey Smith on bass anchors their lively trio.

Hornby Island has an excellent cultural infrastructure for both artists and audiences. In addition to the Fesival Society, the Hornby Island Arts Council, the Theatre Society and the Blues Society create an engaging and rich cultural fabric. Perusing galleries and studios, attending art or music classes, and enjoying community concerts are favourite pastimes.

From Farmer’s Market to Fall Faire, the Hornby community celebrates abundance in all its forms

Hornby buzzes with activity

New Horizons offers social, educational, creative and physical activities for its 50+ aged members. Current programs include the weekly Literary Lunch, yoga, book club, Scottish dancing, bridge club, t’ai chi and more.

The Recreation Program sponsors pickle ball, ping pong and a myriad of other activities.

The Hornby Island branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library is open fours days a week, and offers computer access, and free wifi.