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The history of Hornby
Island is as eclectic as its culture. Part of a prehistoric arc of
islands called Wrangellia, Hornby is thought to be the product of
several cataclysmic events that date back as much as a hundred million
years. Geologic findings on several of the
Gulf Islands suggest that
Hornby was molded into shape through the combined effort of volcanic
eruptions thousands of miles away, massive earthquakes and receding
glaciers that scratched, scoured and gouged the land mass into its
present form. The island's unusual history has been the source of
fascination for geologists and visitors for years.
Hornby's culture reflects
a melding of contrasting forces as well. Once home to an ancient Coast
Salish people called the Pentlatch, the island was later settled
European settlers in the 1880s who converted the island to a farming
community. By the mid-1900s, most of the inhabitants had moved on and an
art community, injected with the enthusiasm and vibrancy of
revolution began to take shape. Hornby became home to artists and
musicians of all kinds, producing a community that reflects its diverse
origins even today.
To the visitor, modern-day
Hornby represents a fascinating world of diversion. Recreation includes
kayaking throughout the Gulf Islands, diving, hiking, camping, shopping
and taking advantage of the resort-style accommodations on the island.
There are two music/arts festivals each year as well as several
galleries featuring renowned local artists.
Getting to Hornby involves
several ferries and takes about 5 hours, starting from the Tsawwassen
ferry terminal south of Vancouver. Located in the northern group of Gulf
Islands that is sandwiched between
Vancouver Island and the
Sunshine Coast, Hornby's remote and carefully preserved beauty is well
worth the trip.
2655 Central Road, Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0. Phone: 205-335-3040;
Fax: 250-335-3041. E-mail
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