British Columbia in Canada is widely considered as North America’s number one destination for diving. The waters surrounding Hornby Island are some of the most colorful in all of the Pacific Northwest region, and are home to a wide array of marine life, including colorful fauna, rockfish, harbor seals, wolf eels, and Giant Pacific octopus. The waters around Hornby Island provide gentle current and good visibility, while the terrain offers sculpted underwater sandstone reefs, deep dives, wall dives, and drift dives. In more shallow depths, the reefs can be accessed from the shore, or are accessible by jumping off the back of a boat, to experience some great snorkeling. During the winter months, visitors can have a memorable experience of frolicking with sea lions thanks to remarkable visibility.
The Hornby Island Natural History Centre can be found in the Hornby Island Community School. The center features a broad range of exhibits that focus on the geology, plants, and wildlife found across Hornby Island. Visitors can view a stunning collection of birds native to Hornby Island, as well as a display of fossils that have been unearthed on the island, including the backbones of a mosasaur. There are also an array of hands-on educational activities for kids of any age.
Visitors wanting to see all Hornby Island has to offer can also spend some time looking at the stars at the island’s observatory. Sessions at the observatory start when the sun goes down, and continue for two hours, including a tour and a presentation of the stars. Guests can also visit the observatory during the day.
British Columbia, Canada, website, Phone: 250-335-1199
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