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Services around Hornby Island

One of the biggest challenges to living on the island is that most things are only open a couple of days a week and/or part of the day and there is no universal closing days or times. This can result in wasted trips. What I have done to get around this is until to take a picture on my phone of the sign on the door of places I visit. There are not many websites with opening and closing times. Times can vary by season with longer opening hours in the summer. There is a map that you receive on the Ferry with a list of services with location and hours. However a universal website would be of benefit to summer visitors. That said, because the cell coverage and WIFI is variable across the island, people tend to rely on word of mouth,  Facebook, signs poster on roads, paper and land lines.  I have included links to some of the services I have accessed that might be handy for other visitors.

The master site for Hornby Island is http://hornbyisland.com/ which includes links to accommodation, arts, events and transportation.

Accommodation

The range of accommodation is wide in terms of size and modern conveniences. Some cottages are without TV, laundry etc.   Some people rent out space on their properties for RVs and tents. Some rentals are done by word of mouth.  Many accommodation are posted on the Hornby Island Site with few if any listing on Airbnb. Booking is done by contacting the individuals listed as contact for the accommodation. Starting rentals are around $ 1500 a week to sleep 4-6 people over the summer months.   An availability calendar is available on the site. Booking in May for July/Aug is wise. Trip advisor is another site for booking accommodation as is Wind and Waves. Camping sites are at a premium. There is a beautiful campsite site at Heron Rocks under management of the Heron Rocks Camping Cooperative which is open to members and then non-members if space available. Phone: (250) 335-2670 as no website was found.

Transportation

Getting to and from Hornby Island is a lengthy process. Here is a typical schedule for a trip as a foot passenger from Vancouver to Hornby Island. If you are coming as a foot passenger there is an express bus from Downtown Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay. The Ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay at Nanaimo is about 1 hr 40 min.   Then you can pick up the Island link shuttle from Departure Bay to Buckley Bay.  Advance booking for the Island Link is necessary and can be done online.  From Buckley Bay you get the ferry to Denman Island. Then you have a 20 min drive to the ferry landing on the other side of Denman Island to pick up the ferry to Hornby Island. Each crossing is about 10 min. People travelling as foot passengers often approach travellers with cars to hitch a ride across Denman Island.  Seniors with a BC ID are free on Mon-Thurs but you still have to pay for your car.  The ferry fare on Hornby/Denman includes the return fare.

One should check the BC Ferries website up to an hour before leaving as ferries have been known to break down and not be replaced due to lack of availability of replacement ferries.  The Denman and Hornby Island operate on a schedule but will increase sailings if line-ups occur.

The Island Link shuttle will also stop on the highway next to the Nanaimo Airport and then it is a 5 -10 min walk to the departure terminal. You have to book to Ladysmith.

Here is a typical schedule for a walk on passenger from Vancouver.   Times can vary so check the schedules of Translink, BC Ferries and Island Link.   Taking your car requires advance booking on BC Ferries to ensure a spot on the ferry at your desired departure time. The ferry schedule for Denman/Hornby is different on some days of the week so close scrutiny of the schedule is warranted.

From Vancouver to Hornby        
depart Depart time arrive Arrival time fares
Granville and West Georgia downtown Vancouver bus 250 9:56 Horseshoe Bay 10:30 $ 1.85 senior
Horseshoe Bay BC Ferries 11:00 Nanaimo Departure Bay *free for seniors Tues-Thurs
Departure Bay -Island Link Shuttle Bus 1:00 Buckley Bay 2:10 $28.99
ferry Buckley bay-Denman Island 3:00 Denman 3:10 *
ferry Denman-Hornby Island 3:40 Hornby 3:50 *

Total travel time 6 hours

From Hornby to Vancouver      
depart Depart time arrive Arrival time
Ferry Hornby -Denman 10:00 Denman Island 10:10
ferry Denman-Vancouver Island 10:40 Buckley Bay 10:50
Buckley Bay Island link 11:20 Departure Bay 12:30
Departure Bay BC Ferries 1:15 horseshoe bay 2:55
Granville and West Georgia downtown Vancouver bus 257 3:15 Georgia and Granville downtown Vancouver 3:45

Flying from Vancouver into Comox Airport with Harbour Air is an option. There are 2 flights a day and prices range from $ 132-$ 199 depending on the day. This would require ground transport or water taxi to Hornby.   A site called Rome2rio.com gives a number of options to get to Hornby from Comox with the shortest being a 2 hour trip using a car from Comox Airport.  A Water Taxi service is available to/from Hornby and Buckley Bay $ 150, Comox Harbour ($175) as well as other destinations. Comox Water Taxi advertises Hornby to Comox in 35 min.

Services on Hornby

The location of most of the services listed here are on the visitor maps you receive on the ferry.

Laundry & Showers. Joe King Park Laundry takes 2 or 3 loonies per load. Water is cold unless you opt for the $ 3 loonie wash.  This is apparently for members.  How to get a membership is posted in the laundry room.

Computer access center Mon-Friday 10-4 near the school offers WIFi and printing but the WIFI coverage was intermittent when I used it.

Credit union Hornby Island Branch 2115 Sollans Rd      250.335-2326 Tue, Wed, Fri 9:30 to 3:00 and there is no ATM.

Co-op Store. You can find most things you need here both groceries and hardware. The website includes hours of the COOP, the  gas bar  and  businesses in the same location as the COOP and the Gas Bar.  There is an ATM there.

The Cove Store Has some groceries, marina, camping and cottages. 7:30 am ~ 9:30 pm everyday July and August  8 am ~ 8 pm everyday September to June

Medical Care Monday to Friday     9:30 am – noon and 1:30 – 4 pm

 The Library offers free computer access and wifi

Sun/Mon Closed
Tue 10am-12pm & 1pm-5pm
Wed 4pm-8pm
Thu 10am-12pm & 1pm-5pm
Fri 1pm-5pm
Sat 10am-12pm & 1pm-5pm

There is a summer bus.

Farmers Market Wed and Sat 11am -2 pm

Recycling/Free store The recycling depot is open from 9-1 Thursday to Sun (summer)  for vehicles but you can walk up the driveway to access the services during other hours. The free store is the place to find anything you forgot to bring with you. I have accessed warm clothes, scissors, a frying pan and ice cube trays. There is a great selection of books.  A friend recently scored a couple of Persian rugs and a radio in excellent condition.

Bank Machines are available at the COOP and the Thatch during opening hours. Many merchants only accept cash.

Cell phone coverage is variable but seems to be good around the library.

Arts/Entertainment

http://hornbyisland.com lists many events including concerts and movies.

Art Gallery shows and events: https://hornbyislandartscouncil.wordpress.com/

One of the major events on Hornby is a music festival Aug 1-10. www.hornbyfestival.com

Hornby Island Community Radio 96.55. The community radio station is one of the treasures of Hornby Island. The sad part is that it does not transmit beyond Hornby Island. However you can enjoy it while you are there. Multiple DJs have wide ranging tastes in music and deep knowledge of the artists and genres. You can support the station with an online membership.

Hornby Island has a unique natural history including rocks, marine life, fossils and birds. The natural history museum is only open during July and August, Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 3pm. It is well worth a visit before you go exploring.  It is on the corner of Central and Sollens in the school.

Fitness

https://www.sundooryoga.com/

New Horizons offers yoga and other activities for seniors. Chair yoga, book readings, and  The Kitchen runs 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) at 12:30 with meals by donation.

Cycling rentals- 250-335-0448 lucielemay@yahoo.com

Mountain Biking. A map of the mountain biking and walking trails in Mt Geoffrey Park can be purchased at the bike shop beside the CO-OP.

Kayaking

Hornby Ocean Kayaks

Denman Hornby Canoe &Kayaks

Walking trails are shown on the visitor’s maps you receive on the ferry.

Diving

There are a number of Facebook groups related to Hornby interests: Hornby Helps,  Word of Mouth and Hornby Island Buy and Sell.

Making progress on the global crisis of obesity and weight management | The BMJ

This is the most comprehensive review I have read on the topic of obesity.  It’s a 30 min read.   It appears to me that we have become victims of our own economic development and an uncontrolled food industry. The study did not include longitudinal studies on physical activity.    One wonders if rationing as in during the war might be an option?  😀
https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k2538

 

Key messages from the paper:

  • The balance between calorie intake and calorie expenditure determines body weight and body fat changes
  • Different foods influence total energy consumption by modifying appetite, or by affecting energy expenditure, eg through diet induced thermogenesis
  • Overweight people generally consume more food energy (calories) than thinner people to maintain their higher body weight.
    •Any diet plan that an individual is able to adhere to will cause weight loss, but different dietary patterns may influence adherence to different degrees in different subgroups
  • Weight loss maintenance is a greater challenge than weight loss for many people because it requires adapting to permanently eating less energy despite living with in the same physical, social, cultural, and educational environments in which they developed obesity

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds – WSJ

This article from the Wall Street Journal is a must read for Boomers who have had the longest life time exposure to devices and for anyone with children.  What has not been reported is the effect of having these distractions at work.  I wonder how it has impacted on productivity?

Vegetables – yes they are good for you…. even for retired people. See the latest research in the Lancet.

A recent large, long term, 5 continent study in the Lancet shows that eating 3-4 servings of fruits, vegetables or legumes every day is associated with a 22% lower risk of death from any cause. Eating more then 3-4 servings of fruits/vegetables/legumes every day did not show any association with risk of death. Raw vegetable intake was strongly associated with a lower risk of death, whereas cooked vegetable intake showed less impact on risk of death. A higher level of texture in food is related to increased neuro-regeneration, which is an agreement with the findings of this study regarding raw vegetables.

A second report of the same population in the same issue of the Lancet reported on fat and carbohydrate intake.

  1. High carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of death from all causes
  2. Total fat and individual types of fat were associated with a lower risk of death for all causes.
  3. Total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, or cardiovascular disease deaths”.
  4. A higher intake of saturated fat was associated with a lower risk of stroke but no other outcomes

The relationship between carbohydrates and risk of death was true for Asian countries who traditionally consume a higher proportion of carbohydrates. There was no relationship between protein intake and mortality.

Limitations

The relationship between hip-waist circumference, cognitive functioning, physical activity and family history of premature death were not included in these two studies.

Methods

This is an important study because it has been done recently, it includes 18 countries in 5 continents and included 135,335 individuals aged 35 to 70 years without cardiovascular disease. Participants were enrolled into the study between Jan 1, 2003, and March 31, 2013. For the current analysis, they included all outcomes events to March 31, 2017. The oldest subjects would be 74 at the end of the study. There was a median 7.4 years (5·5–9·3) of follow-up. The study results included an analysis of income, education, economic status of the country and urban rural location and the results were the not affected by these factors

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32252-3/abstract

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32253-5/fulltext?dgcid=etoc-edschoice_email_Sept1

Practical implications for your daily food plan

Using the optimum percentage of carbohydrates and fat from the Lancet study the following table shows the distribution of macronutrients in three different scenarios.

Ideal 1500 cal 2000 cal 2500 cal
Carbohydrates 45% 174 gm 230 gm 288 gm
Protein 19% 71 gm 95 gm 119 gm
Fat 35% 58 gm 78 gm 97gm

http://macronutrientcalculator.com/

I investigated some on-line diet and nutrition website to find out if their food plans come close to the ratios above. Very few of the sites posted the fat/protein/carbohydrates of their diet plans and those that did, did not come close to these ratios except for the food plans posted by the American Diabetes Association. Their site has multiple food plans with the total fat/protein/carbohydrate for the day as well as recipes.

Here is how two of their meal plans compare to the ideal ratios reported in the Lancet study. These two sample meal plans are a bit lower in fat than the optimum ratios reported in the Lancet study. However, the ADA was the only site that I found that reported macronutrients as well as recipes for their food plans. So it appears the meal planning done for diabetics fits right into the ratios reported in the Lancet study and so could be a universal model for everyone.

Diabetes Association Meal Plan international flavours Grilling up Healthy Meals
gm Calories % of calories gm Calories % of calories
Carbohydrate 189 756 45% 196 784 51%
Protein 107 428 25% 92 368 24%
Fat 55 495 29% 44 396 26%
Calories 1679 100% 1548 100%

Meal Plan for international flavours
Breakfast
1 serving of Baked Egg with Avocado, Tomato and Citrus Salad
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 cup Blueberry Silken Smoothie

Lunch
1 serving Roasted Beet, Apple and Queso Fresco Salad
1/2 cup garbanzo beans
1 cup Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Afternoon Snack
1/4 cup Power Granola
1 cup sliced apples

Dinner
1 serving Mojo-Marinate Pork Tenderloin
3/4 cup Congrí Light
1 cup Cubano Roasted Broccoli Florets

Evening Snack
Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Parfait

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