The slower pace of the fall and winter months offers the chance to discover authentic Hornby and explore the island’s hidden treasures. With plenty of hiking and marine activities, you’re sure to stay active. If you’re here to unwind, you’ll have time to nurture your creativity or simply get cozy by the fire.
Reach new heights
Explore the island’s beautiful trails on foot or by bike and forage for shellfish on one of our many beaches. End your day with a relaxing beachside bonfire at our fire pit.
Explore the Trails
Hornby’s beautiful and well-established trails range from easy to challenging for cyclists and hikers alike, but the conditions get a bit more difficult in the fall and winter. If you are an experienced rider, bring your mountain bike for an exhilarating, albeit muddy, outside adventure.
Forage for Shellfish
Spend an afternoon on one of Hornby’s many beaches foraging for clams, oysters and more! Before you go, be sure to have a recreational tidal waters license and review any pertinent shellfish harvesting information like restrictions and closures.
Enjoy a Fire by the Beach
Head down to our fire pit for a relaxing beachside bonfire. Cook your catch, roast a hotdog or just enjoy the serenity of a crackling fire and the crashing waves. Be sure to check local fire restrictions!
Out on the Water
Explore the marine life around Hornby Island with a sightseeing adventure or a cold-water shore dive. Catch a salmon and cook it over the coals. If you’re a certified diver, go for an unforgettable underwater experience.
Catch a Fish
Bundle up and get out on the water with Hornby Island Ocean Adventures for some cold-weather fishing. Fishing around Hornby in the fall and winter is non-stop excitement, with an abundance of salmon and prawns. Bring your catch back to Sea Breeze and cook it over the bonfire or on our communal barbeque (coming fall 2023).
If fishing isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy an exciting day on the water sightseeing with Hornby Island Ocean Adventures, for a chance to see whales, sea lions, seals, otters and more!
Explore Underneath the Surface
The waters around Hornby are home to a rich variety of marine life and offer a relaxed cold-water dive with minimal currents. If you are a certified diver, pack your gear and bring a buddy for an unforgettable shore dive.
tASTE LOCAL FLAVOURS
While dining options on Hornby are limited during the fall and winter months, we have some ideas about where to find delicious fare. The most reliable option, of course, is to take advantage of your Sea Breeze kitchen and enjoy a hearty meal in your home-away-from-home
Enjoy a Dinner at the Breeze
Join us for dinner at the Breeze Restaurant & Lounge for a taste of our seasonally curated cuisine and craft cocktails. We have irregular hours in the fall and winter, so be sure to check out our website to see when we are open.
Have Breakfast at Forage
Forage is a favourite among our staff, featuring food made from fresh Hornby Island ingredients. They are open on weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the fall, and hours may vary in the winter, so be sure to call ahead!
Eat Pizza with a View
While dining options may be limited on Hornby in the fall and winter, pizza is aplenty. Both Ford’s Cove and Hornby Island Bakery & Pizzeria offer yummy take-out pizza, so you can eat pizza with a view from the comfort of your cozy cottage.
Indulge in Decadence
Stop by Hummingbird Bread Co., located at the edge of the Ringside Market, for a taste of the most decadent and delicious breads and baked goods. Hummingbird is one of the rare year-round businesses on Hornby, but be sure to visit their Instagram for current hours.
Get Creative in the Kitchen
Dining options are very limited on Hornby in the low season, so embrace the pace and spend quality time cooking with your friends and family. The majority of our cottages have full kitchens, so you should have everything you need to make a delicious meal.
History, Arts + Culture
A thriving community
Discover the island’s hidden treasures. From beachcombing and cozy fireside nights to exploring petroglyphs and browsing art studios, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Live Like a Local
During the slower pace of the fall and winter, you’re likely to have all your favourite beaches completely to yourself. Spend the afternoon beachcombing for unique treasures brought in from intermittent winter storms. Once the evening comes, cuddle up next to your cozy fire to write, read or get creative.
Check Out the Petroglyphs
Head down to the beach in front of Sea Breeze during low tide and wander to the left. Keep your eyes peeled on the weathered sandstone for a chance to find remnants of petroglyphs made by early Indigenous people!
Browse an Art Studio
Often rumoured to have the highest per-capita density of artists in Canada, Hornby Island is renowned for its incredible creative talent. Use the Hornby Arts Map for a snapshot of the various studios on the island and contact the artist to request a studio appointment!