GETTING TO HORNBY ISLAND
The ferry from Horsheshoe Bay to Nanaimo
arrives at Departure Bay. But the ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo arrives at
Duke Point. Remember this for the return
From either terminal, (shortcut suggestion from Departure Bay: The road goes uphill to join
the Island Highway. The first intersection [it has a light] is Northfield**.
Turn left and continue to the Nanaimo Parkway at the very end. Turn right)
go north along the Island Highway toward Courtenay / Campbell River. About 50
minutes past Nanaimo you'll come to the exit. The exit is marked for Buckley
Bay, and there’s a sign before the Buckley Bay signs advising that the next
exit is for Denman and Hornby. Exit.
You'll come to a Petrocan
beside the ferry landing. Drive to the
ferry ticket window and buy a 'throughfare' ticket to
Hornby. Park your car and get a snack (both sides of the Petrocan
building) while waiting.
As you come off the boat at Denman, follow the traffic
and the signs to the second ferry. It's timed for a good connection. Hand in
your throughfare ticket here.
** On the trip back to Vancouver, do not follow the highway signs to
Departure Bay even if you are going to Vancouver via Horseshoe Bay. Instead, keep on the bypass toward Victoria.
The third or fourth light is Northfield.
Turn left here, follow to the end, turn right, and get into the lane
marked for the ferry.
GETTING TO OUR HOUSE
As you come off the ferry check your odometer. The
road swings left past the Thatch pub and carries on past Bradsdadsland
Camping, a bunch of small farms, and the Cardboard House Bakery (now closed,
alas!). This road carries on toward the Co-op and the rest of the island, but
you only continue part way. After the bakery there’s a big bend in the road,
and then you watch for the first left turn. That's Carmichael Road (there's a
sign). You are now 6 km from the ferry.
Follow Carmichael to the very end. Just before the
end, Cannon Road will go off to your right.
Don't leave Carmichael - I only mention Cannon Road as a sign you are
almost at the end. At the end you will
see the road turn sharply to the right, and in front of you among the bushes
you will see a post with reflective candy-stripe tape. The post has the numbers
'355'. Beside the post is a driveway.
That's us. Go down the driveway, park
your car, and enter the gate.
Go to your left around the house to the deck area. The key will unlock
the exterior door at the far end of the deck.
Look around the deck for the wheelbarrow - we use it to move firewood
and also to load/unload our car.
Once indoors, look for the "Welcome to our home" booklet in a
clear plastic and purple cover- it should be hanging near the kitchen notice
area. Read it - I think it answers all
You might need to turn on the hot water and the water pump when you
arrive (in the non-summer months). The booklet explains how. You'll probably
need to turn it off again when departing. (Note that you do NOT need to turn
off any water or electrical switches when you leave during July/August. Also
remember that the need for water conservation is at its highest during these
Now relax and enjoy.