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A Natural Masterpiece - Trophy Hornby Island Waterfront Acreage
A Natural Masterpiece - Trophy Hornby Island Waterfront Acreage
Located on the warmest beach in British Columbia this 16 acre parcel defies comparisons. The neighbour to the north is 235 acre Tribune Bay Provincial Park. Build your family legacy on this very special property.
  • Size: 15.6 acres (410’ wf x 1,827’)
  • Price: $1,486,000
  • Listing Agent: Kurt Nielsen - kurt@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-898-7200
Description : This property is arguably one of the finest low bank waterfront acreages on the coast. It is ideally located on the sandy shores of world famous Tribune Bay near the south east corner of Hornby Island. Tribune Bay Provincial Park neighbours to the north and Shields Road defines the south. There is approximately 430 ft along the sandy coastline and over 1,800 ft along the road. The sunrises from here are legendary and the waters are some of the warmest on the coast. This is truly a legacy holding for your family and future generations to hold and enjoy. The woodlands starting just back from the pristine beach meadow feature Cedar, Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, Poplar and Maple. Some of the first growth cedars and fir trees are 5 ft in diameter.
Location : Southeast corner of Hornby Island
Access : The ferry you catch to get to Hornby Island departs from Buckley Bay (45 minutes north of Nanaimo) located on central Vancouver Island. Once at the Buckley Bay ferry terminal you take the ferry to Denman Island, drive across Denman (staying on the main road the whole way to get to the Hornby ferry terminal) and then take another ferry to Hornby Island.
Improvements : None
Services : Road, telephone and hydro
Recreation : It’s all here... www.realhornby.com
Area Data :

Hornby Island of British Columbia is a Northern Gulf Island parallel with Vancouver Island's Comox Valley. A small community of 958 residents (as of the 2011 census) is distributed across the island. In recent years the island has become a major tourist destination and its population easily quadruples in size during the summer months. Though tourism is a primary source of income for Hornby, it has led to some water supply shortages. Most people reach the island by taking a BC Ferry to Denman Island from Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island and then a 30-car ferry to Hornby.

The primary destinations on Hornby are Tribune Bay Provincial Park, Helliwell Provincial Park, Ford Cove, Heron Rocks and Whaling Station Bay. The island is also a popular mountain biking destination with a variety of designated trails in Mount Geoffrey Regional Nature Park, Mount Geoffrey Escarpment Provincial Park and Crown land. The total land area is 29.9 square kilometres (11.5 sq mi).

History :

Hornby Island and its surrounds, immediately prior to the advent of western civilization, was the territory of the Pentlatch, a people belonging to the Coast Salish group of West Coast people. They and their ancestors, being semi-nomadic, used the Island seasonally and cyclically nine months of the year and became part of the Islands ecosystem. The island could provide for nearly all their needs.

In 1791 A.D. the Spaniards named the Island Isla de Lerena but in 1850 the British renamed it Hornby Island after Rear Admiral Phipps Hornby, at that time Commander of the Pacific Station. Ten years later Mt. Geoffrey and Phipps Point were named after the Admiral and his son, Captain Geoffrey Hornby of HMS Tribune, while the officers of his ship had their names immortalized in other Island promontories.

By 1850 there were practically no Pentlatch left. Sickness, slave raids, the movement of people into their territory from the land further north and the collapse of their world from the compounding of these misfortunes finally wiped out the people to whom the natural life of Hornby Island was a part.

During the 1860s Hornby Island was virtually empty of people. It was the sight of the Island on fire at the end of the decade that decided George Ford, one of the earliest recorded settlers, to move from his settlement in Comox to Hornby Island. Fires made clearing land easier. Other settlers followed. In 1870 a whaling company moved its base of operations to Hornby Island, but in less than two years it went into liquidation and one hundred acres at Whaling Station Bay with wharf, sheds and other buildings were auctioned off.

The early settlers were able to choose land which was sheltered, amply provided with water and having deep fertile soil. By the turn of the century Hornby had become a fairly prosperous farming community.

Hornby Island, like all islands, promised a dream. The Island challenged, dared and offered an escape. Not everyone who came succeeded and even those who did succeed often found their children seeking dreams elsewhere. By 1960 most land had changed hands several times. Families had come and gone. Some orchards were derelict and many fields were overgrown. The 150 people on the Island were made up of fishermen, subsistence farmers, resort owners, their children and one or two retired intellectuals. Towards the end of the sixties developers discovered the Island and three farms were turned into small lot residential subdivisions.

To avoid more indiscriminate carving up of the Island a policy restricting subdivision to a ten-acre minimum lot size was introduced. This coincided with the arrival of the counter culture people and the Island flowered with artists, craftsmen and academics seeking a more meaningful life. In 1974 the Islands Trust was formed to preserve and protect the Gulf Islands, which includes Hornby Island, against inappropriate use and development.

Zoning : ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve)
Legal :


PID 009-651-438

Taxes : $5,779.46 (2015)
Map Reference : 49°31'33.19"N and 124°38'30.53"W
Listing # : 15348