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Day 22 Vancouver to Hornby Island
Well we made it to day to the end-of-the-earth, Hornby Island. Our friends Jim and Pauline live on this isolated island. Their daughter Karen and son-in-law, Jed operate an Agri-Villa (www.outerisland.bc.ca) and a tree arborist business here complete with horses,pony, donkey, free-range chickens, rabbits, sheep, and a duck.
Karen makes an incredible chicken sausage which is becoming well known in the area. To get to Hornby Island you take a ferry from Vancouver to Nanaimo, drive 52 miles to Buckley Bay, take a second ferry to Denman Island, drive across Denman Island and take a 3rd ferry to Hornby Island. The farm is another 6 miles or so across the island. However, in spite of the isolation the Verizon cell phone and data service work here. At dinner we learned about the WWOOFs (Will Work On Organic Farms www.wwoof.org). These are people that adventure out to learn about organic farming for room and board only. One couple from England worked for 6 months here. Late in their stay they revealed their family owned a 40,000 acre estate in England and they were here to see if they would like farming.