Denman Island and Hornby Island are situated right off the east coast of Vancouver Island. Denman is the larger island, and it is known for its talented artisans and fruitful farmlands. The community in Denman has developed a naturalistic mindset and value individualism very highly. In addition to its mesmerizing rural setting and quiet roads, Denman culture yearns to be discovered.
Denman Island is known for its own provincial camp at Fillongley Pronvicial Park. Private accommodation and summer reservations are highly recommended.
Daily 15-minute ferry rides are operated by BC Ferries from Buckley Bay to Denman Island. Some attractions that Denman Isle feature is a showcase for crafts and arts, and a turn-of-the-century grocery store.
Denman Island has a great infrastructure for cycling.
The traffic is light, and the roads are paved. Cycling is a good way to get around.
There are also scooter rentals.
Taking a stroll on Denman Island is always an adventure. There are hidden coastlines that wait to be discovered, friendly locals always looking for a chat, and wildlife harmonizing with the country living makes walking a great experience.
If you’re up for an adventure, then paddling from Denmark to Sandy Island should be a must for any daring kayaker. Denman is small, being only 19 km long and 5 km wide, thus making it possible to kayak around the whole island in just a day, considering the water are calm.
Some of the most common sights in Denman are seals, dolphins, bald eagles, blue herons, and osprey. Bringing your camera is indicated, as experiences are fleeting, but pictures last forever.
Longbeak Point curves from Denman towards Sandy Island. Legend says there’s a hidden treasure below Sandy Island. Seek and you shall find. Oysters, mussels and bleached geoduck here can be found together. Not to mention the abundance of the sand dollars. The only residents of this small islet are the shorebirds and the hiding deer.
Denman Island was named after Rear Admiral Joseph Denman, following the first European settlement on Denman Island in 1874. The settlers who came from Orkney Island gave Denman Island the “Little Orkney” nickname.
Overall, these Gulf Islands are remnants from a distant time, back when the entire Strait of Georgia was filled with sand. In the recent geological times, glaciation gouged the trench that is now filled with seawater.