Services around Hornby Island 2020

As a result of Covid19, some of the inflation here is not up to date. 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. I take pictures on my phone of the sign on the door. 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 or on the porch of the Coop with a list of services with location and hours. However a universal website would be of benefit to summer visitors. That said, because cell coverage and WIFI is variable across the island, people tend to rely on word of mouth and posters on roads. I have included links to some of the services that are available.

The master site for Hornby Island is http://hornbyisland.com/ 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 accommodations are posted on the Hornby Island Site with few 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 but it is not kept up to date. Booking in May for July/Aug is wise. Wind and Waves also has listings from May-Sept. 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. This may be closed due to Covid19 according to Google Maps.

Services on Hornby

The location of most of the services are on the visitor map you receive on the ferry or at the Coop porch.

Laundry & Showers. Joe King Park Laundry takes 2 or 3 loonies per load. Water is cold unless you opt for the $ 3 loonie wash.  You can buy a membership. Details are posted in the laundry room. A meal service is available M/W/F by donation.

Computer access center Mon-Friday 10-4 in Ringside 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. These is an ATM outside the building.

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 was a summer bus but it has been discontinued.

Farmers Market Wed and Sat 11am -2 pm

Recycling/Free store the Free store is now closed. 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 was 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 and the gas bar.

Arts/Entertainment

http://hornbyisland.com lists many events including concerts and movies. Most have been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID19.

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 no longer open.

Fitness

https://www.sundooryoga.com/

New Horizons offered yoga and other activities for seniors but is closed.

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

Hiking and 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.

Hornby Ocean Kayaks

Denman Hornby Canoe &Kayaks

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

Diving

General Information

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

Meals – check hours on websites or Facebook

Seabreeze

Hornby Island Pizza, across from the coop

Fords Cove. fish and chips summer only

The Thatch at the ferry

Ringside- Forage, Vorizo, Sizzle.

LaRena vineyard.

Shopping.. some of my favourite things.

Securing your back pack

I have found that backpacks often slip off my shoulders and I have found a solution to this problem.   There are two parts to the solution.  One is a clip that attaches to the front strap of your backpack and the other is this handy bungee cord like device that clips on to the other strap. The bungee cord is adjustable to the width of your straps.

This is what is looks like on my backpack.    I have added a second miniclip but it is not necessary. 

Seniors Discounts

There are several sites that list seniors discounts in Vancouver.  It’s a bit cumbersome to sort through them all but here they are in the order of the number of places listed.

Vancouver BC

Frugal Vancouver

411seniors

Home To Home

Across Canada

Across Canada

CARP.   CARP offers many discounts to members, including 25% off some car rentals and numerous hotel discounts in Canada.  One year membership is $ 20.00.  They also have a list of discounts across Canada open to non-CARP members.

USA.  You can search by city and state.

Australia – State of Victoria has a searchable database of discounts in their area.

Skin Care

This is my favourite line of skin care products.  As I get older I find my skin is drying out.  CeraVe Moisturizers, Moisturizing Cream. This product contains hyaluronic acid which is used in some of injection fillers.   I would say that the research on this product is still in progress but I found one study that showed improvement in the appearance of skin over 3 months.  I just find that it makes my skin feel better.

Backpacks

This is a link to my favourite backpacks Beside-U  They come with multiple inside pockets so you can find pens, bus passes, glasses, iPhones etc. quickly. Be careful to check the size as there are some packs that are too small for groceries but are a good substitute for a purse.  The Nanette is on my wish list as it is big enough for a few groceries and has side pockets for an umbrella, gloves, sun glasses etc. Here is my comparison of some of the Beside-U backpacks that I think are big enough for a few groceries. Although they are expensive, shipping is Free.

link Side pockets Size Lx H x D Cost
Alloy 2 28 x 40 x 14 $135
Nanette 2 26 x 38 x 15 $135
Hornchurch 1 open, 1 zip 29 x 38 x 14 $125
Liza 2 29.5 x 37.5 x 14 $135
Mya 1 29 x 35 x 13 $150

 Walking Poles

Below are the Walking Poles with the best customer reviews from Amazon that ship to Canada.   These three models are collapsible and carbon fiber and range from $ 53.00-$ 60.00  US plus about $30.00 shipping and duty if shipping to Canada for about a bill of $80-90 US.

Every pole user needs shoes!  Save up to 50% on NEW Markdowns – ABEO, Dansko, Raffini, ECCO, Taos + more!

Ok you are ready to go!!
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Senior Discounts

See the  Link to my Shopping Page  for sites with lists of seniors discounts.  It would be handy to have it all in a searchable database n’est pas?  I think the 15% offered by the Bay on the 1st Tuesday and the 20% at Shoppers on the last Thursday with an Optimum Card are worth adding to your Calendar.

Source: Senior Discounts from 40 to 65