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Hornby Island’s Tribune Bay Campsite to Expand with New Walk-In Sites

Plans are set for an expansion of the Tribune Bay Provincial Park on Hornby Island (British Columbia, Canada), aimed at spreading campers across a wider area and introducing new walk-in sites. This development follows the acquisition of additional land and a campground three years ago, signaling a shift towards enhancing outdoor experiences amid the park’s scenic shores.

The expansion project is slated to begin later this spring, although the reconfiguration of the existing and newly planned campgrounds is not expected to be completed until next year. The move comes after the province secured a campground and a 16-acre parcel of undeveloped forest land and beachfront in 2021, broadening the park’s appeal and capacity.

Grant Scott, Hornby Island trustee for the Islands Trust, explained that the current eight-acre campground, operated by a private entity, contains 116 densely packed sites. The redesign will see this number reduced to about 80, with an additional 40 new campsites being established on the newly acquired land adjacent to the existing sites.

The new sites will offer a variety of camping experiences, including walk-in campsites designed for hikers, cyclists, and kayakers, alongside park-beside tent sites and small overnight shelters known as “bunkies.” This diversification aims to cater to different visitor needs and preferences while managing the space more effectively.

“I think they’ve struck a good balance here,” Scott said. “You’re not going to make everyone happy, but it’s a real upgrade and I think most people are going to be happy with what’s going on.”

B.C. Parks has scheduled a tender for late May, with construction of the campground anticipated to start this fall. The newly configured camping area is expected to open to the public next summer, according to park officials.

Despite a modest net gain of only four additional campsites, the expansion is designed to significantly alleviate crowding. The reconfigured layout aims to provide a less congested and more environmentally sustainable camping experience.

The province invested CA$11.2 million in 2021 to acquire the two properties on either side of Shields Road. This acquisition included forested land and foreshore, which represents the last remaining beachfront on Tribune Bay, now incorporated into the park that spans 235 acres.

Community responses thus far have indicated a preference for a less crowded camping experience and enhancements to the existing facilities. However, concerns remain about potential impacts on the local ferry service and overall congestion on the island, particularly during peak visitor seasons.

Water scarcity on the island during summer months presents another significant challenge. Hornby Island, with about 1,200 year-round residents, sees its population surge to over 6,000 during peak summer periods, exacerbating resource limitations.

As per a Times Colonist report, Scott highlighted the broader implications of the development, noting, “We’re like a lot of places. There aren’t a lot of places for young people to live and service our businesses and we’re already in a drought.”

The ecological assessment completed last month by B.C. Parks emphasized the design of new campsites to minimize impacts on vegetation, wildlife, and wetlands. Protective measures for nesting trees and culturally significant food sources, such as camas and Pacific crabapple trees, are integral to the new campground layout.

Featured image by BC Parks via facebook.com/YourBCParks 

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rooster166
rooster166
April 28, 2024 12:46 pm

Have you heard about the cool upgrades coming to Hornby Island’s Tribune Bay campground? They’re adding new walk-in sites, upgrading facilities, and enhancing recreational opportunities. It’s going to be a sweet spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Can’t wait to check it out!

KaraZenith
KaraZenith
April 28, 2024 11:17 pm
Reply to  rooster166

I’ve got the scoop on the awesome upgrades happening at Hornby Island’s Tribune Bay campground! Can’t wait to explore the new walk-in sites. 🏕️

JazzyGuru930
JazzyGuru930
April 28, 2024 4:14 pm
Reply to  rooster166

I’m so excited to share the news about the awesome upgrades happening at Hornby Island’s Tribune Bay campground. Let me fill you in on all the cool new walk-in sites they’re adding! Can’t wait for us to explore the great outdoors together. Looking back, those memories will be priceless.

R3dF1r3fly410
R3dF1r3fly410
April 28, 2024 1:53 pm

Have you heard about the new walk-in sites coming to Tribune Bay Campsite? I’m excited about the upgraded facilities and sustainable practices in the works. Can’t wait for a serene eco-friendly stay on Hornby Island!

QuentinAzure
QuentinAzure
April 28, 2024 5:59 pm
Reply to  R3dF1r3fly410

I’m a bit concerned about the new walk-in sites at Tribune Bay Campsite. With more visitors, will it affect the peaceful vibe? Hope the expansion won’t lead to overcrowding. What do you think about potential noise and crowding issues?

Daniel Brown
Daniel Brown
April 29, 2024 6:24 am
Reply to  QuentinAzure

As more campers flock to the expanded walk-in sites at Tribune Bay, it could add hustle to the serene vibe. Will the charm withstand the crowds?

Erin Shade
Erin Shade
April 28, 2024 6:46 pm

Isn’t it exciting to hear about the Tribune Bay Provincial Park expanding with new walk-in campsites on Hornby Island? I reckon it’s a fantastic move that’ll make outdoor adventures even better. Those 40 new sites for hikers, cyclists, and kayakers are sure to create unforgettable experiences in this stunning area!

Finn Harbor
Finn Harbor
April 28, 2024 7:26 pm

Gather your gear and get set! Tribune Bay’s makeover isn’t just about new spots – it’s whispers of swanky washrooms and green upgrades. Picture a more spacious, eco-friendly campout on Hornby Island. Let’s plan that dreamy escape!

Blu3F1r3Fly_f11
Blu3F1r3Fly_f11
April 28, 2024 9:43 pm

Isn’t the park’s sustainability initiative great?🌿 I can’t wait to learn more about nature on the guided walks. Exciting times ahead at Tribune Bay Park!

oceanOllie
oceanOllie
April 28, 2024 11:48 pm

Have you heard about the cool plans at Tribune Bay Campsite? They’re expanding and adding guided nature walks and workshops to make our island experience even better! Plus, they’re going eco-friendly with composting toilets and solar power. Exciting stuff ahead for next summer!

EliseWhirl
EliseWhirl
April 29, 2024 12:18 am

How awesome is this news for all you nature buffs heading to Hornby Island? Picture this: new walk-in sites at Tribune Bay Campsite mean more ways to soak up the island’s beauty and enjoy outdoor adventures. It’s like a dream come true for outdoor lovers like us!

Karen Hill
Karen Hill
April 29, 2024 9:11 am

I just learned that the Tribune Bay Campsite on Hornby Island is expanding. They’re adding new walk-in sites, tent spaces, and overnight shelters to give campers more options. Plus, they’re sprucing up the facilities and making it more eco-friendly. Sounds like it’s going to be an awesome outdoor getaway!

HeadlineGuy-376
HeadlineGuy-376
April 29, 2024 9:58 am

Isn’t it exciting to hear about the expansion plans at Tribune Bay Campsite? I love that they’re adding eco-friendly features like composting toilets and recycling stations. It’s great to see a focus on responsible camping practices while enhancing the natural beauty of Hornby Island. Can’t wait to experience it!

Mia Rain
Mia Rain
April 29, 2024 10:13 am

Isn’t it awesome that Hornby Island’s Tribune Bay Campsite is expanding with new walk-in sites? It’s all about enhancing your camping experience while keeping things cozy and sustainable. I’m excited about the focus on preserving the island’s natural beauty for us and future campers to enjoy!

FinnHarbor
FinnHarbor
April 29, 2024 12:37 pm

Have you heard about the Tribune Bay campsite on Hornby Island expanding with new walk-in sites? It’s awesome for adventurers! Can’t wait to experience the enhanced camping options firsthand.

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