Hornby Island is a beautiful oasis tucked in the middle of the Salish Sea. This remote community often requires unique solutions to provide services to residents.
Until 1993, there was no financial institution on Hornby Island. Residents travelled to Vancouver Island for their banking – a trip that requires two ferries. In the early 1990s, Union Bay Credit Union hired a Hornby Island resident to work at the Union Bay branch. She travelled the two ferries every day and noted that many Hornby residents were Union Bay Credit Union members. In the Fall of 1993, Union Bay Credit Union opened a small satellite branch in an office in the Hornby Island Co-op. A few years later, they moved to a larger office in the Hornby Island Resort – conveniently located next to the ferry terminal beside the Thatch Pub.
The Hornby Island branch soon became a busy spot for tourists travelling to Hornby during summer months but needed more community support to keep a “brick and mortar” location operational. A member drive in Spring 2006 was successful; residents supported the branch and kept the doors open.
When the Thatch Pub closed, the Hornby branch moved to its current location in the Community Central Hub at 2115 Sollans Road in October 2011. They are currently open three days a week and enjoy strong community support.