Travel and Tourism information for
Denman Island, BC
View from Denman across Baynes
Sound to Vancouver Island.
In Georgia Strait, two kilometers across Baynes Sound from Vancouver Island
and the Comox Valley, lies Denman Island. A ridge on the eastern side of
this 19 km long, 5 km wide island rises 60 to 100 metres toward the western
side of the island.
Picturesque farmlands, sandy beaches, hiking trails
and lushly forested parkland make Denman Island a favoured destination of
The work of Denman Island's community of artists
and craftspeople can be seen in galleries in the village a short distance
from the ferry terminal.
In pre-colonial times, Denman Island was used by the First Nations people
as a summer fishing location.
Denman Island was named after Rear-Admiral Joseph
Denman by Capt. G.H. Richards of the British Admiralty while conducting marine
surveys in 1864 in the Comox area.
Denman Island enjoys short,
mild winters and warm, dry summers and lower precipitation than other nearby
areas in the Comox Valley.
BC Ferries operates a car ferry service to Denman Island from Buckley
Bay. The Old Island Highway, also known as the "Oceanside Route"
( BC Highway #19A ) passes through Buckley Bay 20 minutes south of Courtenay.
The Buckley Bay exit from the Inland Island Highway
( BC Highway 19 ) is less than 1 kilometer from the ferry terminal to Denman
Island at Buckley Bay.
BC Transit operates a local bus service connecting Buckley
Bay with the rest of the Comox Valley.
Denman Island and the Comox Valley have something
for everyone: culture, scenic beauty, numerous outdoor recreational
opportunities, mild climate and a relaxed lifestyle are all here to