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More recreation space coming to Hornby Island

Some more camping and recreation opportunities may be coming to Hornby Island.

The Province of B.C. announced Tuesday they acquired 9.6 hectares (23.7 acres) of land on Hornby Island near Tribune Bay Provincial Park. They say the land is planned to be added to the 95-hectare park and adjacent campground.

The purchase of land cost $11.2 million and includes the last two beachfront properties and forest off Tribune Bay and campground, according to the province. The province will be operating the campsite until long-term plans are developed.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change George Heyman says the purchasing of the land was necessary to preserve the area.

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“Tribune Bay Provincial Park is a jewel in our province, making it a popular destination for people to visit and connect with nature,” said Heyman. “Acquiring this land ensures the ecological and recreation values that make the park special is preserved for our children and grandchildren.”

Plans for the area will be done in consultation with First Nations and stakeholders, according to the B.C. Government.

Topics for the park include:

  • Ecological health
  • Providing inclusive, family-oriented activities
  • Respect of the land and history of the island including Indigenous history
  • Contribution to tourism

Parliamentary Secretary for Environment Kelly Greene says camping has increased in popularity in recent years and the expansion of recreation opportunities is needed to support this and the local tourism industry.

Future improvements to the site might include walk-in sites catering to active transportation, like cycle touring, hiking or kayaking.

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