Even as a remote and rural community, Hornby residents enjoy a full range of amenities and services. Just about anything you need is available on-island, while most other supplies can be provided for by the local daily courier service.
enjoy abundant amenities
The Co-op features a full-service grocery store, hardware, post office, gas station and liquor outlet, all located in the bustling heart of Hornby Island. The neighbouring “ringside” holds a bookstore, fun and funky clothing store, pottery and cafes. Other retail offerings include art galleries, clothing, a nursery and a seasonal fruit and vegetable market.
The Hornby Island Resort and its oceanfront pub, located just by the ferry landing, offers long-standing Friday night live jazz performances. They have become something of a tradition on Hornby and are not to be missed.
Still more delights and entertainments are available at the Cardboard House, which is home to The Cardboard House Bakery, Pizza Galore, Carefree Café and Gecko Designs. Throughout the summer, drop in for music nights on Wednesdays and Sundays, which are a great family event.
A full-service Credit Union is open 3 days a week, and you will find an ATM at the Co-op.
High quality preschool is provided by the Hornby Island Day Care Society with qualified staff four days a week all year, and the Hornby Island School offers grades K-7. Older children are transported to Courtenay by bus to one of two secondary schools: Vanier, or Marcus Isfeld, which offers a french-immersion alternative. Hornby attracts young families with its array of events and extracurricular activities for children of all ages.
Accommodation can be found in the form of cottage rentals, B&B’s, and vacation rentals ranging from rustic to luxurious. Hornby also features several privately-owned campgrounds, which fill up very quickly throughout the summer.
High-speed internet, cellular service and satellite TV are all available throughout the Island, as well as postal and courier services. Two free public computers and internet access is availble at the Hornby Island branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library System.
stay safe and healthy
Medical and Emergency Services on Hornby Island include a highly trained volunteer Fire Department and First Responders, and a Medical Clinic staffed by two physicians, who are on call 24 hrs a day. In addition, a large network of healing arts provide acupressure, acupuncture, Reiki, massage therapy, aromatherapy and more.