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Hornby attracts a lot of media attention due to it’s white sand beaches, world class mountain biking and thriving art community.  Below is a sampling recent media mentions and resources.


WEEKEND ESCAPE – Norco – 4:11

Norco ambassadors Michelle Davies, Jo Peters and Melanie Schumacher together with Norco staffer and photographer Tom Richards took the opportunity to head over to the island for a weekend escape just before the busy summer season kicks off.


PHOTOGRAPHING THE LANDSCAPE – Hornby Island – Adam Gibbs – 17:17

In this video I spend several days photographing the landscape on Hornby Island. Hornby Island is one of many islands that are scattered along the east coast of Vancouver Island. I also challenge myself to find order out of some rather complex and perhaps very chaotic scenes.


SCUBA DIVING WITH SEA LIONS – Hornby Island – Sea – 5:02 and Becky Kagan Schott of Liquid Productions dive with Pacific Pro Dive and Marine Adventures to visit the incredibly cute and curious sea lions of British Columbia, Canada. Filmed at two locations; Vivian Island and Hornby Island, central Vancouver Island, BC.



This week Bertie Gregory is getting wet. Steller sea lions are one of the largest predators in the waters of Vancouver Island and today, Bertie is getting up close and personal with them. On land, sea lions are big and clumsy looking, but in the water, they lengthen out and come alive. They need to be agile—the big males need to catch more than a hundred pounds of fish a day just to survive. The question is, How will these big bulls react when Bertie puts on a wet suit?


MOUNTAIN BIKING THE UNBELIEVABLE  – Hornby Island – Yeti Adventure Films – 1:28

No crowds. Mindblowingly gorgeous coastal forests. Brilliant trail designs. Hornby Island should be on every mountain biker’s To-Do list.


130 SECONDS OF HORNBY – Grant Baldwin – 2:22

I went on holiday with family for 4 days. I wanted to see if I could pull off shooting a promo video video while on vacation.
Could I do it without ignoring family?



We took a trip with Hornby Island Diving to Hornby Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, to see their Steller sea lions. These big mammals were very curious and wanted to check us out and nibble on our gear. We did two dives with them, spending about two hours total interacting with them.


CHECK  NEWS – 1:58

Dozens of sea lions surround divers recording video for National Geographic. One of the best known publications in the world, National Geographic, spent time in the waters off Vancouver Island in February videotaping divers


Hornby Island Eagle Cam LIVE

Active since 2006, Hornby Island’s live eagle cam peaks into the daily life of one of our many resident eagles.


Hornby Island, B.C., is known as the ‘Hawaii of the north’
Toronto Star
“…the journey to Hornby is more like a pilgrimage to a sacred place.”

The Hidden BC Beach has earned the nickname “Little Hawaii”
The Daily Hive
“Located on Hornby Island, the Tribune Bay Provincial Park is considered to be one of the warmest (and most beautiful) saltwater swimming areas in the province, even confirmed by Parks BC.”

Offshore of central Vancouver Island, Hornby offers something for cyclists of all tastes.
Explore Magazine

Canada – Best Places to Visit, Hornby Island
Dream Vacation Magazine, named “Best of the Web” by Forbes for 9 years.
“The island is an oasis of joyful revelling, lush forests, and sandy beaches.”

5 Best Beaches in Canada
“nicknamed ‘Little Hawaii’ for its crystal-clear waters. And you can see why; if you swapped the local pines for palms, it’d be easy to believe you were in fact on the tropical island.”

Helliwell Provincial Park is artist Robert Bateman’s favourite spot in B.C.
CBC News
“…it’s the visits to Helliwell Park that Bateman emphasized as a treasured family activity.”

Go Canada: The Ten Best Beaches in Canada

B.C.’s unique mountain biking haven
Globe and Mail

‘They want to see if you’re squishy’: Swarm of sea lions nibble on divers in stunning video; Curious sea lions swarm underwater filmmakers near Vivian Island and Hornby Island
CBC News
“…it’s the visits to Helliwell Park that Bateman emphasized as a treasured family activity.”

Hornby Escape Hatch: Life is Better with Options
Mountain Life Media
“With promises of lush green forests with ribbons of moss-fringed single track and the opportunity to swim with sea lions, our winter escape plan set itself in motion.”

Considering Real Estate on Hornby Island? Find Out What Makes it More than Just a Summer Retreat

Water Front West
“After researching several available options, Hornby stood out as the #1 choice for Donna and Ron to raise their family, so they took the plunge and relocated to the island.”

Horny Hornby Island, a BC vacation paradise
Vancouver Courier
“Hornby is truly a rare gem, one of those places where you can just feel your shoulders relaxing as soon as your car finally rolls off the tiny ferry onto the island’s gently curving, two-lane roads with nothing but a solid yellow line to lead you to wherever you’re lucky enough to be staying.”

Bucolic Beauty: Slow Grown Flow on Hornby Island
Free Hub Media
“…the island’s trails have a unique old-school charm. Built by bikers, for bikers since the ‘80s, 30 years of knobby tires have created flowy, sinewy ribbons of dirt that wind tightly through long-since-logged forests of douglas fir and red cedar, in places clearly built for sub-600mm handlebars.”

Mountain Bikers
Mountain Biking BC
“Hornby Island. The name evokes stunning vistas, hot sandy beaches, cool forest lowlands lit with shafts of dappled light and of course the legendary buttery smooth singletrack.”

The Pace of Things on Planet Hornby
Pink Bike
“Meandering through this island, it’s hard to remember why you ever felt rushed to get anywhere.”

Hornby Island: Worth the Journey
Canadian Living Magazine
“I’m looking forward to my next visit so that I can stand on a slab of sandstone as the waves crash around me, look out at the ocean and breathe in the fresh air, before heading back to life in the city.”

Family sabbaticals: two families’ stories
Canadian Living Magazine
“secure stable housing, something affordable, the right size and — most importantly — available for the length of time you are planning to stay.”