If you’re keen on a trip to somewhere tropical without shelling out the dough, we’ve got a great BC destination to toss your way. While there might not be any palm trees in sight, Tribune Bay on Hornby Island isn’t nicknamed “Little Hawaii” for nothing. Pack your bags and get ready for la creme de la creme of BC beaches.


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The white, sandy beaches of the south-facing Tribune Bay are easily some of the nicest in the province – perfect for sunbathers and beachgoers alike. Endless stretches of sand meet a beautiful, crystal blue sea.

Located on the east side of Vancouver Island, the gem of a beach also boasts shallower, warmer waters than what we’re used to on the mainland. In fact, BC Parks considers it to be one of the warmest saltwater swimming areas in BC!

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While you can’t camp on the beach (or anywhere at the Provincial Park), there are a ton of camping spots on Hornby Island adjacent to the park that have easy beach access. And berry lovers can spot dark blue salal berries and edible red huckleberries along the shoreline.

Activities available at Tribune Bay Provincial Park include canoeing, hiking, cycling, fishing, and of course, swimming. Note that dogs are not allowed on the beach and must be leashed at all other times in the park.

For those who want to explore Hornby Island’s “downtown,” you won’t have to go far. The area is only a 5-minute stroll away, providing visitors with a variety of shops and sightseeing options.

Before you go, note that the following are not permitted anywhere within Tribune Bay Park:

  • Beach fires
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Camping
  • Dogs

So there you have it, Vancouver! If you’re looking for a taste of Hawaii this summer without leaving BC, you know where to go. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and drinking water – as BC Parks has removed the water hand pump from the park due to Health Authority regulations.

“Little Hawaii” Tribune Bay

Where: Hornby Island, BC – accessible by two short ferry rides from Vancouver Island.