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Denman & Hornby Islands/Canada

Introducing Denman & Hornby Islands

Regarded as the main Northern Gulf Islands, Denman and Hornby share laid-back attitudes, artistic flair and some tranquil outdoor activities. You'll arrive by ferry at Denman first from Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island, then you hop from Denman across to Hornby. Stop at Denman Village, near the first ferry dock, and pick up a free map for both islands

Denman has three provincial parks: Fillongley, with easy hiking and beachcombing; Boyle Point, with a beautiful walk to the lighthouse; and Sandy Island, only accessible by water from north Denman. Consider timing your visit for a free Saturday tour of Denman Island Chocolate Factory, which must be reserved in advance. Note, though: there are no samples on offer.

Among Hornby's provincial parks, Tribune Bay features a long sandy beach with safe swimming, while Helliwell offers notable hiking. Ford's Cove, on Hornby's south coast, offers the chance for divers to swim with six-gill sharks. The island's large Mt Geoffrey Regional Park is criss-crossed with hiking and mountain-biking trails.

For kayaking rentals contact Denman Hornby Canoes & Kayaks, or Hornby Island Outdoor Sports for kayak (per three hours $42) and bike rentals (per hour/day $15/45).