Hello and welcome to my Beach Series!
I’ve never met a beach I didn’t like, and British Columbia had thousands of kilometers of coastline. This means a huge number of beaches to explore. Love. In this series, we are going to explore the top 12. And the first one is …
If you thought white-sand beaches were only for tropical destinations, think again. Tribune Bay Provincial Park – found on the southeast corner of Hornby Island – will dazzle you with its lush green forests, powdery white sand and aquamarine water. In fact, its main beach has long been lovingly nicknamed “Little Hawaii.”
Tribune Bay has close to 1 km of fine white sand beach and the shallow waters reach near tropical temperatures during the summer. The bay is considered to be one of the warmest salt water swimming areas in BC.
A five-minute stroll from Tribune Bay will lead you to “downtown” Hornby Island, an eclectic community with a unique assortment of shops and services.
Apart from languishing on the pristine beach and watching the waves roll in, there are a ton of other things to do in Tribune Bay Provincial Park. They include canoeing, cycling, fishing, hiking and tennis. Pets are allowed in the park, but must be kept on a leash. However, they are not allowed on the beach. There are no lifeguards on duty, but the shallow, warm water makes it ideal for swimming. A picnic area is available with picnic tables and pit toilets. Bring your own water as there is none available in the park.
Camping is not permitted in the park and it closes at 9 pm every night.
There are a couple of commercial campgrounds, resort lodges and B&B’s. The other option is to rent one of the many private cabins or houses available. Places with beach front or an ocean view are going to run you the most money. If you’re planning on staying on Hornby in the summer, make sure you book your accommodation well in advance.
Aaah, I love holidays. Next post – RathTrevor Beach.