Tribune Bay Campsite is a private campground adjacent to beautiful Tribune Bay Provincial Park. In 2021, the BC Government purchased the campground and adjacent forested lands. For the 2022 and 2023 camping seasons, Quality Recreation Ltd. will operate the private campground while the government begins meaningful discussions with local Indigenous groups and stakeholders. The recently acquired Tribune Bay Campground is not currently part of Tribune Bay Provincial Park; Quality Recreation has been proudly operating both Tribune Bay and Helliwell Provincial Parks since 2017 and will operate the private campground for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. With over 40 years of experience working in some of BC’s most beloved provincial parks, Quality Recreation is honoured to be caretaking such a unique site on Hornby Island.
Tribune Bay Campground has 115 drive-in sites, each one unique in its layout; all sites have a fire pit and a picnic table. 17 sites have electrical hook-ups. All sites vary in terms of privacy – some sites offer more privacy than others, while other sites are more open to support bigger units. It is a high-density campground meant to support many campers in close proximity at peak camping season. The previous management worked to shift the campground culture to that of a respectful shared space. The campground will continue its goal of promoting family-friendly camping and will work to reduce discourteous camping behaviours This site is extremely popular due to its proximity to Tribune Bay Provincial Park. Amenities at this location include: campground office with firewood and ice available for sale, coin-operated hot showers (August 2023 update: we have closed our showers due to drought conditions. We will not have shower services available for the remainder of the 2023 season) , outhouses, ladies’ and men’s wash houses with outlets for hair dryers and razors and a new rustic children’s play area.
Hornby Island has a limited supply of freshwater. Water conservation efforts are in place at this Campground. Please bring freshwater with you. Please limit the frequency and duration of your showers to help conserve water. Showers may need to be limited or closed in an extreme water shortage. There is no sani-station at the campsite or on island, please pack water with you and pack your septic back with you.
Nearby Attractions and Amenities
The campground is ideally located next to Hornby’s Ringside Market. This popular hub has a café, restaurants, food trucks, a bike shop, and several artisan shops that showcase Hornby’s fantastic array of local pottery, goods, and artwork. Here you will also find the bustling Hornby Island CO-OP – a well-stocked grocery and hardware store that has a little bit of everything. The CO-OP also sells fresh baked goods and has a selection of grab-and-go food items perfect for picnics. The CO-OP gas bar is located across the street from the shopping area.
To enjoy Hornby Island’s magnificent natural beauty, Tribune Bay Campsite is the perfect spot to set up camp. Campers have easy walking access to the beach and the market, as well as great access to nearby hiking and biking opportunities. There are many hiking and cycling trails on Hornby Island. Many campers like to bring their bikes, kayaks and SUP’s to take advantage of all Hornby Island has to offer.
Minutes from the campground, Tribune Bay Provincial Park overlooks a long bay of white-sand beach with shallow, temperate water, ideal for swimmers and castle-builders, young and old. Dogs and alcohol are not allowed in the Provincial Park area of the beach, but you can take dogs on the trails or they can access the beach outside of the Provincial Park boundary (signage on beach indicates this area). The Provincial Park section of the beach closes at 9 pm.