sunset beach

ACTIVITIES

On site there's a horseshoe pitch and outdoor badminton court. There's racquets and birdies for your use. On a quieter note, there's a games cupboard for interacting over a game of monopoly, crib or chess. Guests can also ask about using our canoe, paddles and lifejackets. If fire regulations allow it, add to your outdoor experience with a campfire at the ring by the guest house, or at the beach. Bird life is plentiful, and nature lovers will spot bald eagles, great blue herons, owls, and many smaller species. Beachcombing is a favourite passtime.

horseshoes and campfire ring  playing field  beach campfire  owl

Many days can be spent hiking on Denman Island, a number of hiking trails exist, with a range of lengths and difficulty levels. From the Guest House you could spend hours wandering the beach and finding treasures. The Province has created parks at Fillongley, Boyle Point & Tree Island.

On the northeast side of the island, Fillongley Park accesses miles of semi-sandy beach to explore. In the park are over 2 kilometres of hiking trails in the forest, and along the creek, all easy and well maintained. The forest is old growth Douglas Fir and Red Cedar. One path leads to the remains of the original pioneer home.

Boyle Point Prov. Park, on Denman's south end, offers trails through it's 125 hectares. It's known for it's rugged bluffs, old growth forest, and spectacular sea vistas across to the Chrome Island Lighthouse. This is a great park for birdwatching - eagles, osprey, gulls and more, and at some times of the year seals, sea lions, and even orca whales. It's recommended to take good binoculars and a camera with a zoom.

Off Denman's northern tip, lies Sandy Island Provincial Marine Park. (Tree Island as it's known locally) This 18 hectare island park is a refuge for birdwatchers, wildflowers and kayakers. The park protects over 140 species of wildflowers. It is a haven for sea birds and includes some beautiful sandy beaches. Visiting the marine park makes a great kayak day trip from Sunset Beach Guest House. (Kayak and canoe rentals are available on the island).

Fillongley Provincial Park  Chrome Island lighthouse  swimming hole  kayaking


An excellent listing of the "other parks" on Denman is located at:

  • Morning Beach Park
  • Bill Mee Park
  • Maple Park
  • Stanehill Park
  • Parks & Greenways Vision for the Island
  • Another day, consider going to neighbouring Hornby Island to visit Helliwell Provincial Park, a beautiful circle route through magical forest and along spectacular bluffs. Or to bask in the sun, and splash in the sun warmed waters, at Tribune Bay Provincial Park.

    If you do like swimming, this is an Island! You've come to the right place, not just at our beach, but there's also lots more beach and accesses. Swimming, snorkeling, and beach combing are all fun activities to "while away" a day. Denman also boasts two fresh water lakes - Graham and Chickadee. Chickadee is closest to the Guest House, on Lake Road. It has a public access boardwalk at Winter Wren Wood. There is a no-motorboat policy. Serenity, some swimming, and a little trout fishing are favoured.

    Graham Lake can be accessed by trails through the forest, located at the end of Jemina Road or Mallard Way. These trails lead to the wonderful public swimming dock, that is community owned and maintained. A long swim, in clear waters, is a refreshing change from ocean swimming.

    If you want to try your hand at fishing, get a license, and bring your own gear to fish for trout in the lakes on Denman. Or if salt water fishing is more to your taste, there is a local islander charter business to accommodate your needs. Contact Devon Charters, 250-335-2410

    Denman is a known destination for bird watching. With an abundance of forests and wet lands, bird watchers can anticipate seeing a variety of song birds, waterfowl, raptors, and marine birds. Venturing out with your bird book, notebook, and binoculars, to log the inventory, is a year round activity, with changes every day.

    sailboat in Baynes Sound  road side art   tennis court   boating


    Denman is centrally located for sightseeing on central Vancouver Island. Outings for a summer day could include caving at Horne Lake; shopping at Coombs; eating out in one of the many good restaurants in Courtenay/Comox; there's lots of golf course options, with Arrowsmith being the closest; riding the chairlift at Mount Washington ski hill; or casual exploring. Going in the other direction from Denman, you can spend a day on Hornby Island. A fun day trip is to park on Denman Island, go to Hornby as a foot passenger, have lunch at the Pub/restaurant at the ferry landing, and walk the Mt. Geoffrey Park path to Ford Cove Marina. Be sure to check out the rock formations just under the store there. You could also take your car another day and explore Hornby's parks, beaches and shopping.

    Staying on Denman Island allows you choices. When you get up each morning, you can decide....are you looking to chill out and enjoy nature and a low-key day? Or do you want to do more? Denman is a destination on it's own, or a conveniently located Gulf Island, to use as home base, for exploring this region of beautiful British Columbia.