We’d heard a lot about Denman and Hornby Island which are both just off the east coast of Vancouver Island. A ten minute ferry from Buckley Bay got us to Denman first which was like stepping back in time. Dirt roads, colourful farmhouses and a small general store where the locals hang out. We were hooked from the start.
We had read about a small island off Denman that you could walk to when the tide was out and camp for free. Tempted, we decided to check it out. Starting on the coast we walked north to the point where there was a clear sandy path to the island (complete with deer tracks). On our way we had heard the barks of seals which seemed to be coming from the rocks ahead. 3km later and we’d made it although there was a not a seal in sight! We never quite figured out where the noises were coming from which was quite maddening!
The island was rugged with long grass, a sandy beach with shells and driftwood scattered about. We decided it wasn’t the best camping spot as there was little shelter plus we had no tide charts with us so we headed back spotting a bald eagle and a hawk on the way.
After a short drive, we found a small campground on the east coast of the island right on the beach. Running low on supplies, we headed back into town for supper and found the super friendly Earth Club Factory Bistro where we devoured vegetable torte and thai chicken soup whilst listening to the latest Green Party candidate’s manifesto.