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little owlPLEASE NOTE: We are closed due to a fire in August 2018 at the Hornby Island Community School where we were locatedPlease see our blog for details.

Come and explore the Natural History Centre! We are located at the Hornby Community School and home to a wide-ranging display focusing on the animals and geology of Hornby Island. Whether you are a child or an adult, you will find wild information and fun hands-on activities. We are always updating and adding to the Centre with new and exciting elements.


Planning Your Visit

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What’s On

Visitors can view the natural history displays, participate in fun activities, and tour the ethnobotanical garden. During July and August, the centre is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 3pm. You can remain updated on latest news including our summer events programming here, featuring the speaker series and nature field trips. From September to June, we are open Thursdays from 12:30pm – 3:30pm, excluding most holidays.


centre welcome Getting Here
The Community School is located at 2100 Sollans Rd. When coming along Central Rd. from the ferry terminal, turn left at Sollans Rd. (At this corner you will see a school field.) Next, take the first turn on your right, which is the School entrance. Follow the signs to the Natural History entrance at the side of the school. See the Google Map for further direction.



Big Tribune Sharon Colling PhotoHornby Island
We are located on Hornby Island, a small northern gulf island situated in the Salish Sea. The island is geographically distinctive with high biodiversity of land and marine life. It is also home to fossil remnants and some of BC’s most endangered species, such as the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly. You can find visitor information here.

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