Hornby Island shines in the warmer months. Take advantage of the beautiful weather to spend time surrounded by greenery or stunning turquoise waters. Marine activities galore, ample dining options and a chance to see local art will make your time here full and fun.
Reach New Heights
If you’re looking for a scenic outdoor experience, Hornby Island has it all. Take a hike through the lush Helliwell Provincial Park, enjoy the picturesque Tribune Bay and explore the island’s many trails.
Hike Helliwell Provincial Park
A trip to Hornby would not be complete without visiting the stunning Helliwell Bluffs, surrounded by weather-beaten old-growth Douglas firs and Garry oaks. The loop takes about an hour along fairly easy terrain, so it’s great for a mid-morning stroll with a Lix coffee in hand.
Spend Time on Tribune Bay
Whether you’re here in the spring or the summer, you will be blown away by the beauty of Tribune Bay. With white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, you will begin to understand why Hornby has been called the “Hawaii of the North.” The good news? It’s only a three-minute drive from Sea Breeze.
Explore the Trails
Hornby’s beautiful and well-established trails range from easy to challenging for cyclists and hikers alike. If you’re leaving from Sea Breeze, you can find a variety of trail heads within a 10-minute bike ride that will connect you to the extensive network of trails all over the island.
Enjoy the Property
Spend an afternoon exploring our property and using our on-site amenities. Try out our unique grass tennis court, watch your kids play on our pirate ship playground or enjoy our various lawn games such as bocce, kubb or disc toss!
Out on the Water
Hornby Island offers a variety of ocean activities that are perfect for adventurers of all types. Charter a boat or rent a kayak to explore the coastline, go sailing or simply explore the tidal pools on the Sea Breeze beach.
Go Fishing or Sightseeing
Reach out to Hornby Island Ocean Adventures for fishing, sightseeing, whale watching or a custom private cruise. Fishing regulations depend on the month (check here) but an unforgettable ocean adventure is guaranteed all year round!
Get Out for a Paddle
Rent a kayak or paddle board from Hornby Ocean Kayaks and explore the unique coastline of Hornby Island and the abundance of wildlife that calls the Salish Sea home. If you’d like to explore the ocean from the comfort of our shores, Hornby Ocean Kayaks will deliver to Sea Breeze for an added fee.
Sail Around Hornby
Feel the wind on your face and experience the freedom of sailing with Hornby Island Sailing. Only available in the warmth of the summer months, weather permitting.
Explore the Sea Breeze Shores
Traverse the rocky sandstone shores of the Sea Breeze beach and discover the little creatures that live in the tidal pools. If you keep your eyes peeled on the weathered sandstone, you may be able to find remnants of petroglyphs made by early Indigenous people!
Taste Local Flavours
Hornby Island boasts a variety of culinary experiences to indulge in during your stay. Join us at the Breeze Restaurant & Lounge, or venture further for brunch and delicious baked goods. Sample local mead, cider and wine!
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 spring (see current hours here), but are open daily in July and August! Please note that reservations are required.
Have Breakfast at Forage
Forage is a favourite among our staff. Featuring food with fresh Hornby Island ingredients, Forage is open on weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the spring, and daily in the summer. With a lovely patio and a liquor license, it’s the best brunch spot on Hornby.
Drink like a Viking
Be sure to visit Middle Mountain Mead while you’re on Hornby for a chance to drink like a viking while enjoying a distinctly West Coast view. With a beautiful tasting room looking over the entire west side of Hornby and an incredible selection of mead, or honey wine, this place is a must-visit. Be sure to call ahead to confirm they are open!
Go for a Tasting Tour
Get yourself a designated driver and go for a cruise! Start your tour at Hornby Island Winery, which is a quick five-minute drive from Sea Breeze. Then make a quick beer stop at Hornby Island Brewing, and next go up the mountain to Middle Mountain Mead. Then saunter over to Lerena Vineyard and end the day at Fossil Beach Farm, sipping cider while watching the sunset. Be sure to call ahead and confirm they are open!
Listen to Music at Lerena Vineyard
If you are here during the summer months, be sure to visit Lerena Vineyard for a five-star boxed meal eaten at the picnic tables, watching live music surrounded by picturesque vines.
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.
Arts & Culture
A Thriving Community
Explore Hornby’s creative culture! Visit the Farmer’s Market for handmade products and produce, go on an art tour to see the island’s renowned talent and browse unique shops at the Ringside Market.
Explore the Farmers Market
Open on Saturdays starting on Victoria Day long weekend in May, and Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout July and August, our Farmer’s Market is plentiful with produce and handcrafted products of makers, bakers, growers, artisans and artists.
Go on an Art Tour
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 and hours of the various studios on the island, and plan your own custom art tour. Many of the studios are by-appointment in the spring, so be sure to call ahead!
Browse the Shops
The Ringside Market, located adjacent to the Hornby Island Co-op, is our main shopping hub on the island, with a variety of intimate shops and artisan booths. After browsing the Ringside, don’t forget to pop across the street to The Sweet Spot, a lovely vintage shop open daily in the summer, and then wander through the plants and thoughtful everyday goods at Baird & Co.