Denman Island is a short ferry ride from the east coast of Vancouver Island, 75 km (46.6 mi.) north of Nanaimo. It is only 5 km (3 mi.) wide and 19 km (12 mi.) long and famous for its beautiful natural environment. It has many walking and hiking trails with easy access to its beaches. It is home to many artists and artisans. Cyclists, hikers and motorists share the winding rural roads with deer; visitors are cautioned to drive slowly everywhere on the island.

First Nations people first used Denman Island as a summer fishing site. Captain Richards was conducting marine surveys for the British Admiralty in the area in 1864 and named the island after Rear-Admiral Joseph Denman. In the early 1900s Japanese settlers lived on the southern tip of Denman. The General Store was built in 1908 and the Community Hall was constructed in 1912.

Denman Village is the center of the island's activities and is a short walk from the ferry landing. The village has stores, a post office, gift shop and bakery and a year-round crafts outlet. There is a range of accommodation on the island, including bed and breakfasts, cottages and campsites. Scooters and bicycles are available for rent.

There are several major parks on Denman. Boyle Point Provincial Park is on the water on the south end of the island and provides trails through old growth Douglas fir forest. Sea lions and eagles may be seen here. Fillongley Provincial Park is an 80 acre park on the south side of the island and features an unspoiled sand and shell beach and views across to Texada Island and the snow-capped coastal mountains. Bill Mee Provincial Park is located at the community-built boat launch on Lambert Channel, south of the Hornby Island ferry dock on East Road. Sandy Island Provincial Park is a marine park with a distinctive ecosystem on the northwestern tip of Denman and is only accessible by water. This park is ideal for a day or overnight canoe or kayak excursion.

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Cleft in the Rock
Cleft in the Rock
1000 A Westcliff Road
Denman Island
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This Denman Island B&B features two rooms, ocean-view and four course breakfast including home baking. It also features a self-contained suite and private bathroom. No pets. No smoking. Adult-oriented. The common room has a fireplace, kitchenette, and a TV with a DVD player. Table tennis and hot tub are available to guests. Free public parking and free WiFi.
Earth Club Factory Guesthouse
Earth Club Factory Guesthouse
3806 Denman Road Box 9
Denman Island
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This Denman Island, eco-friendly hostel/hotel is attached to Earth Club Factory which produces eco-friendly products and roasts, grinds and serves its own coffee. The bistro serves organic and local food products. The guesthouse has 5 rooms and features a hot tub and bicycle rental and offers free wifi, and pancake breakfast. The inn is located on Denman Island and is 5 km from Buckley Bay.
Blue Owl Bed and Breakfast Hotel Denman Island 8850 Owl Crescent Request Info
China Moon Bed and Breakfast Hotel Denman Island 3700 Lake Road, P.O. Box 50 Request Info
Hilltop Magic B&B B&B Denman Island 8535 Keith Wagner Way Request Info

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