In a survey of members, 40% of the respondents said they have owned properties on Hornby for 10-20 years,
45% have owned property on Hornby for more than 20 years.
100% of survey respondents say they have implemented water quality measures. 97% report they talk to their guests about freshwater resource use.
93% have implemented septic maintenance measures.
We just started renting short term last year. We rented out for 5 weeks and all the families were very respectful. We are happy to share the space with others. We have a big family and would like to keep the cabin in the future. We have seen many second generations lose their cabins due to higher costs.As a result the older cabins are being torn down for newer larger cabins that are used by one family for short periods.
Short term rentals are a key economic driver on Hornby island.
Short term vacation rentals provides many families on Hornby with the means to survive financially and thrive in the community.
Employment for locals
More accommodation needed than commercial venues can provide.
I think short term rentals are essential for the island, the issues have to do with accepting and abiding by clear guidelines so water and septic aren't over used, neighbours are respected and noise and disruption are minimal.
Less damage to the environment than at a campsite with multiple campers
Keeps the lights on for a lot of folks! Ensures there is tax base to pay for year-round amenities.
Many owners depend on the income to be able to live here
Financial security for home owners that wouldn’t be able to live here otherwise
Local enterprises, from retailers to restaurants to artisans to farmers, have two to three months of eager customers here.
People love Hornby Island. It gives tourists the opportunity to visit for a week, make memories and enjoy themselves.
Having joyful relaxed people around is refreshing .
Creates jobs, allowing the younger generation to stay on the Island, resulting in a healthy multi-generational population year round.
Educate guests on sustainability
Hornby has been a showcase showing how things can be done to protect the environment, more of this modelling for our visitors
I don’t think it’s obvious to all the locals just how important a week on the island is to most of the people who visit.
Most of the summer rental visitors are respectful of the situation, and they bring money and spend money, especially at the market in the Copse.