While British Columbia has no shortage of gorgeous trees and beautiful water, there’s a stark difference between the Pacific Northwest and a Hawaiian getaway.
Although you might not be able to find any palm trees or coconuts, we guarantee you’ve never seen water this clear in BC before.
Located on Hornby Island, the Tribune Bay Provincial Park is considered to be one of the warmest (and most beautiful) saltwater swimming areas in the province, even confirmed by Parks BC.
The bay showcases nearly a kilometre of fine white sand and has been affectionately dubbed as “Little Hawaii.”
Visits in the spring give tourists and adventurers a stunning display of wildflowers that blanket the hills along the beach.
In the summer, the white sand and eye-catching rock formations along the shoreline are dotted with dark blue salal berries and red huckleberries in the background.
Have the views and warm water caught your attention?
To reach Tribune Bay, you’ll need to take three ferries in total, although the latter two ferries have less than a 30 minute crossing time.
From downtown Vancouver, visitors will need to take an initial ferry to Nanaimo, followed by a ferry to Denman Island, then finally Hornby Island.
Without delays, the entire trip one-way takes approximately six hours, so we recommend making a weekend trip out of it.
Unfortunately, dogs, camping, and beach fires are all prohibited from the provincial park. In addition, if venturing out, be sure to pick up after yourself and leave the bay in better condition than you found it!