Hornby Island, BC
We recently did a short three day trip to Hornby Island which is located just off the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
Hornby Island from the ferry
Chilling on the dock near the ferry landing
Hornby Island is an incredibly relaxing place. The island is small and its population is low, especially in the spring, fall and winter when there are fewer tourists and seasonal dwellers. It is laced with beautiful trails and you can expect to experience deep relaxation and perhaps to gain an appreciation the important things in life while visiting. We found Hornby to be an escape from the busyness of life, and also the materialism that seems to have become so prevalent in our world. Do not expect much in the way of amenities beyond a co-op grocery store, a basic market, a coffee stand, a tiny bike shop and a marina. There are a few restaurants, but it’s critical to note that most are only open in the summer months (although a few are open Thursdays through Saturdays in other seasons as well). In spite of this though, you can find fantastic art direct from artists’ home studios, wineries, beautiful beaches and the awe-inspiring Helliwell Park with its massive trees and sweeping cliffside views of the ocean. When we were there, the island was a-buzz with talk of recent whale sightings, and don’t forget, there’s fantastic riding.
No Horses trail – Hornby Island, BC
Hornby Island on Trailforks.com
Our favorite trails on Hornby were:
As a climbing trail:
The Outer Ridge
Summit Trail – fire road that does not have the same views as using the trails on the ridge.
Middle Bench (from the ferry dock) up to Outer Ridge trail to the top – awesome views the whole way up.
Riding the ridge at the top of Mt. Geoffrey.
As a descent:
Devils Kitchen –> Test Tube –> Tadpole –> Chris and Brads –> No Horses
Devils Kitchen –> Purgatory (The Way) –> Bitchin’ Camero –>Milo’s Meadow –> Lower Spasm Chasm
Other great trails:
Jessie’s Trail – flowy single track that traverses the lower mountain bike trails
Yer Mom – fun trail with jumps and drops
…. not sure about the Bikefest Dual trail as we did not ride it on this trip.
Other things to do:
- Hiking in Helliwell Park – this is a must do!
- Relaxing at Tribune Bay (or little Tribune Bay if you prefer to be nude 😉
- Watching fascinating people outside the co-op while you sip coffee.
- Renting Kayaks or SUP’s
- Hiking the weathered sandstone coastline just west of Ford’s Cove and near Heron Rocks.
- Checking out amazing artists, pottery and architecture found all over the island.
Relaxing in Helliwell Park after a day of riding.
The amazing sandstone shoreline of Hornby Island
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