Our Community

Learn about Denman Island

Information that we consider essential for residents, prospective home-buyers, and visitors. See also our visitors’ website: https://visitdenmanisland.ca/


Fire: Read the Fire Department’s restrictions on fires, fireworks and equipment.
Traffic Safety: Beware of horses, deer, cyclists, and farm vehicles. In summer, beware of speeding on Lacon road (50 km/h limit) and East road (60 km/h limit).
Horses:  Pass wide and slow. Call out if cycling. On trails, cyclists yield to horses.

Deer. If you kill or injure one, call the Deer Response Team: Peter Karsten (-335-1640), Dean Heyland  (218-4534), Peter Janes (897-8540), Kris Christensen (335-3225), and John Isbister (897-4238). Other wildlife: Mike Nestor (218-0782).
Key Telephone numbers: inside cover and first page of the 2019 Denman Directory
Poison Control 1-800-567-8911 and Crisis Line 24/7: 1-888-494-3888
: Use the Recycle Centre and Bottle Depot. Garbage pick-up 2019 schedule. Here’s what you can recycle.  Please don’t litter.

must be leashed or under full control of owners (please pick up after your dog). Call Chris Danks about dog concerns 335-1838.
Driving on beaches damages marine life. High tides may swamp your car.
Public toilets: Find portables outside the Hardware store, at the sports field behind the Community Hall, and at the Recycle Centre; flush toilets in the ferry terminals; and pit toilets at the Boyle Point, Sandy Island, and Fillongley parks.

Food: Eateries close early pm, except summer and weekends. See current hours for The Guesthouse Bistro and the Shack and Wagon. Groceries and fresh produce are  available at the General Store: current hours. Buy fresh produce and snacks at the Saturday Market (9.30-12.30 summer), and eggs and fresh at roadside farm stands.
Water: Protect the aquifer that supplies our drinking water. Avoid pesticides. Do not pour harmful liquids (e.g. oil, gasoline, paint) on the ground. Buy potable water in plastic barrels at the General Store.
Swimming: our two lakes supply drinking water to nearby households. Please do not use sunscreen or otherwise pollute them. Ocean swimming is dangerous at Scott road due to underwater metal spikes installed by the shellfish industry.

Accommodation: Short-term vacation rentals (e.g. cottages) are not allowed by the Island’s bylaws. See BnBs currently listed on our visitor website. The Guesthouse has single, double, and family rooms. Camp at Fillongley Park.
Fuel: The General Store sells gasoline and fills propane tanks. EV chargers (Tesla and J1772) are available at the Community Hall.

Government and administration

Life, land, health, housing, water, roads, agriculture, the economy, and the natural environment on Denman are governed and/or administered  by several organizations: the Islands Trust, DIRA (Denman Island Residents Association), the CVRD (Comox Valley Regional District), GLID (Graham Lake Improvement District – some water), VIHA  (Vancouver Island Health Authority), and various BC Ministries (e.g. roads, water licences, farming, and construction).

Health and Safety

Essential info on fire, earthquakes, medical and dental services, home care, help lines, and lots more. There is no RCMP post on Denman, but Hornby Isl. has one.


Islanders are well connected with each other and the world, through two newspapers, several bulletin boards on Facebook, and numerous websites and social media pages run by island organizations and groups.

Telus Corporation is the only provider of landline telephone and wired internet services for residents. Other companies provide some telecommunication services. Cell phone signal coverage of Denman Island is patchy, and ranges from excellent to very poor or intermittent.


Denman, Hornby and Vancouver Island are connected by two ferries. The “Baynes Sound Connector” (cable ferry) connects Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island to Denman West on Denman Island (schedule). The “Kahloke” connects Gravelly Bay on Denman Island to Shingle Spit on Hornby Island (schedule). Where are the vessels now? The Denman Island-Hornby Island Ferries Advisory Committee (FAC) provides liaison with BC Ferries. Buckley Bay ticket booth: 250-335-0323


See the 2019 visitor’s brochure on www.visitdenmanisland.ca, our online visitor’s guide.  The Islands Trust’s map site has customizable maps. Find maps of park trails.

Digital Library

Surveys and reports provide a vast amount of information about our community. Download them from the public Denman WORKS Library folder on our Google Drive.

Organizations and Groups

The large number of organizations on Denman – upwards of 50 – reflects the wide range of interests and activities in this community and its volunteer-driven spirit.  New organizations continually emerge and this list has only the more well-known.

Retail outlets

In the downtown area are the General Store (sells propane, gas, liquor, groceries, and local produce, and has a Canada Post agency),  Abraxas bookshop, the Hardware Store, Fantiny Felt ‘n Fibre store, and the Denman Craft Shop.

The Saturday Market (9.30-12.30, May to October) at 5901 Denman Road in mid-island offers a wide range of fresh food and drink. It’s located right next to the…

Recycle Centre, Bottle Depot, and Reusable Store

Old School Centre, 5901 Denman Road. Recycling: Sat 9:00-1:00, 1:30-3:00,  Weds 4:00-7:00.  Bottle Depot: like Recycling plus Thurs 2:00-5:00. Reusables Store: Sat 9:30-12:30, Weds 4:00-7:00. 


Except for summer weekends, no eatery is open after 4.00 pm. The Guest House Bistro, about 250 yards east of downtown on Denman Road, offers accommodation, meals, and sells bulk organic food. The Denman Island Cafe Pourium is next to the Hardware Store downtown. In summer the Curve Cafe trailer at the Denman West ferry terminal sells coffee and snacks , and in July-August homemade ice-creams are available from the trailer at Gravelly Bay ferry terminal for Hornby Island. The open-air Shack and Wagon on Piercy road is a 5-minute walk from downtown;  open 12-7 in summer  for burgers, fries, hot dogs, etc (advance ordering is essential).


The General Store sells bottled water, and deliveries of bottled water can be ordered from Robin (contact details here).  Bulk delivery of water can currently be ordered from off-island suppliers: Courtenay Water Services Ltd 250-792-4292 and Glacier Water Hauling 250-218-6353.


In Fillongley Park on the east side, a small camp ground at the beach is open year-round, bookable April-October.

Parks and Nature Reserves

We are lucky to have many parks, reserves, and conservation areas. No single map shows all of them, because they are  managed by different organizations. Start exploring on this page.


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