The Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre is located on 17 acres in the incredibly beautiful Tribune Bay Provincial Park, on Hornby Island. The Centre has a Park-Use Permit with the Province of BC, and is in a partnership with two school districts; School District 71 (Comox Valley) and School District 69 (Qualicum). The Centre is operated by a non-profit society and federally registered charity, the ‘Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society‘ (click on the Society’s Mission and Guiding Principles below). This Society fund raises and operates all programs and services for the Centre. Any capital funds for the Centre are raised solely through grants and donations. For 29 years, Executive Director, Gord Campbell (with the support of Allison Campbell), have spearheaded the Society’s operation and development of the Centre. Over the years, the Centre has had tremendous support from numerous individuals, Society volunteers, businesses, service clubs, foundations and the Federal and Provincial governments.
Mission and Guiding Principles of the Society 2018
Hornby Island and specifically Tribune Bay Provincial Park, is an ideal location for an outdoor education facility offering four season experiential and team-building outdoor programs. Hornby Island has a moderate coastal climate, wide variety of marine and land-based natural history sites and evidence of ancient human social interaction. Tribune Bay Provincial Park has 200 acres of first and second growth forest, open meadow and field areas and a kilometre of sandy beach that slopes gently into Tribune Bay, allowing the tidal waters to warm significantly in the summer.
The Centre’s mandate is to offer exceptional outdoor education (experiential, environmental and team-building) programs to youth primarily, however, a recent change in our Park-Use Permit now allows the Centre to accommodate adult groups, corporate retreats (year-round), and family adventure camping in August. Almost 3000 people visit and experience the programs at the Centre annually.
Hornby Island is located just off the east coast of Vancouver Island. To travel to Hornby Island by car, drivers need to take a 10 minute ferry from Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island (1 hour north of Nanaimo-15 minutes south of Courtenay) to Denman Island, drive across Denman Island (10 km) and then take a second ferry to Hornby Island. The Centre is 10 km from the Hornby Island ferry landing (The Centre is at the second right entrance after turning left at the 4-way stop).