About the Park

Spectacular views of marine life, the Strait of Georgia and the Coast Mountains can be had from any point along the bluffs. As you explore the park’s meandering hiking and walking trails, you will find weather-beaten old-growth Douglas firs and gnarled Garry oaks, as well as flora and fauna which may seem more at home in a desert than in a Northwest rainforest. The best times to visit are in late April and early May, when colourful wildflowers carpet the hillside along the cliffs. Please stay on designated trails to protect these fragile areas.

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Day-use area.


Hornby Island is accessible by boat or by 2 short ferry rides between Buckley Bay, (south of Courtenay), to Denman Island, and a second ferry between Denman and Hornby Islands.


2,872 ha.

Available activities & amenities at this park ↓

Park Amenities

  • Picnic sites

  • Toilets

  • Pets must be on leash

Park Activities

  • Scuba Diving / Snorkeling

  • Canoeing / kayaking

  • Hiking

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