March 2020: What’s Happening on Denman Island

March 2020: What’s Happening on Denman Island

UPDATE: March 16, 2020

Due to Coronavirus concerns and the need for isolation, many events and activities on Denman Island have been cancelled in the second half of March.
Please check with the host organization directly to confirm the status or postponement date of an event. 

Visit Denman Island in March – just a 10-minute ferry ride from Buckley Bay – to see the natural phenomenon of thousands of marine mammals and sea birds feasting on the herring and spawn on our shores. It’s a great time for a getaway for nature lovers and photographers.

In March, Denman Island hosts 4 live music events, a peaceful demonstration against the herring fishery, a book launch, a Spring Equinox workshop, a spring break nature camp for kids, and several unique and fun ways to get your body moving!

Plus see our feature artist potter Tom Dennis, and 4 reasons to love spring camping at Fillongley Provincial Park.


Steller Sea Lions, Lambert Channel, Denman Island. Photo by Gerry Ambury.


March 5: Terry Morrison Concert

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. Denman Island Community Back Hall, 1169 Northwest Road



March 7: Monkey Dragon & DJ Eliazar 

Concerts Denman presents Monkey Dragon, a brand new live project of Emmy and Juno Nominated composer Adham Shaikh and Soul Reggae Warrior Buckman Coe with Tremendously Trumpets of Harvey Paris.

The Musical navigations of these Interstellar Dubsters explore the global sounds of dub funk soul ska and electronica at the intersections of culture and contemporary social issues.

Adham’s multicultural blend of electronic dance music , dub , hip hop and reggae seamlessly combined with rhythms from around the world.

DJ Eliazar will be spinning tunes before/between/after the sets to keep the boogie alive. It is the last big dance of the Concerts Denman season so please come out and join us to welcome Spring!

Facebook event    Website

$20 in advance. $25 at the door.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8 p.m.  Denman Island Community Hall, 1169 Northwest Road



March 8: Let the Herring Live! demonstration

Herring need our help! Hornby/Denman/Vancouver Islanders: Book this date to come out and show your support for a moratorium on herring fishing, during this peaceful shorefront demonstration and small boat flotilla.

Facebook event

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 1-4 p.m. Bill Mee Park boat launch, Denman Road



March 12: Denman Freedance!

Intentional dance and movement.

Come as you are , leave feeling better! A fabulous way to blow off some steam, shake off some stress , get some exercise and have some fun!

This is a space for freeform dance, with a curated playlist, a lightly facilitated opening and closing, and an intention to provide a pressure-free, alcohol-free, friendly, playful, and respectful space to move and be moved.

Everyone welcome!

$10 at the door or pay what you can.

2nd Thursday every month!

Facebook Event

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7 p.m.  Denman Island Community Back Hall, 1169 Northwest Road



March 13: Mark Crissinger Duo

Blues & Roots. Featuring Gerry Barnum.

$15 at the door.

Friday, March 13, 2020, at 7 pm at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road



Sunday March 20: Unfaithful Servants

The Unfaithful Servants have quickly gained a reputation in Western Canada as an in-demand festival band and a must-see act. With an original and exciting approach to traditional Americana, folk, bluegrass and country music, the group serves up explosive instrumentals, compelling story-telling and high-powered vocals.

$15 at the door.

Sunday March 20, 7 pm at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road



March 20-22: Spring Equinox Workshop at Ayni Farm Retreat Centre

Experience your true self in nature with timeless energy through Indigenous land-based teachings and shamanic practices. In this intensive workshop you will:

  • focus on deepening your relationship to the stone people, mountains & waters.
  • create a healing misa/bundle of seven stones used for energetic clearing.

Teachings from the Medicine Wheel journey with Leonard Cardinal & Heather Royal Brant.

For more information or to register contact:



March 25-27:  Nature is Us! Salix School Spring Break Camp.

A 3-day nature camp for kids aged 7-12. Games, animal tracking, edible plant harvesting, nature mandalas. Get dirty and have fun!

9 a.m-3 p.m.  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, March 25-27, 2020.

Register in advance by email to:




March 21: Book Launch: Voices from Hornby & Denman Island Home Support

The Hornby & Denman Community Health Care Society has published a seventy-six-page book, Voices From Hornby & Denman Island Home Support 1979-2019, to honour forty years of Home Support delivery on our two Islands.

Edited/Composed with skill, passion, and pleasure by historian Dr. Megan J. Davies and sociologist Dr. Rachel Barken, the book presents a beautiful almanac of memories by a host of contributors who shared their stories of the beginnings and growth of the anchor service of our organization.

Voices is now available at Denman Island’s Abraxas Books and Gifts.

Come for the Book Launch at Abraxas on March 21st, 2020 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Drop in and pick up a copy of this memorable manuscript.

*Note: All proceeds from the sale of this $10 book go to the Hornby-Denman Health Care Society. Thanks to Tachi Barker, proprietress of Abraxas, for her generosity!

Saturday, March 21, 2020 1-4 p.m. at Abraxas Books and Gifts, 1071 Northwest Road



March 27: Tai Chi Workshop


Meditation in motion for your health & wellbeing. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art form of exercise that comprises gentle physical movements & stretching with mindfulness. It has been shown to reduce pain & the symptoms of depression, improve balance control, fitness, flexibility, and reduce the risks of falls in older people.

2-4 p.m. Denman Activity Centre, 1111 Northwest Road.

March 28: Tai Chi Workshop

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Denman Activity Centre, 1111 Northwest Road.

March 29: Tai Chi Workshop

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Denman Activity Centre, 1111 Northwest Road


Health & Wellness Activities on Denman Island

  • Yoga with Fiona Walker
    Moderate Yoga: Tuesdays 9:30 – 11 a.m.
    Somatic Yoga: Thursdays 3-4 p.m.
    New series starts Thursday, March 5 starting with an introductory class “What is Somatic Yoga and is it for you?”
    Drop-in $15.
    Call Fiona at 250-335-1535 for details and to register.
    1720 Northwest Road
  • Nia – Movement and music that arouses the senses, our inner athlete, warrior and dancer.
    No experience required; just a willingness to have fun. Call Max at 335-0364.
    Drop-in $10.
    See this YoutTube video to find out what Nia is all about
    Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Denman Activity Centre, 1111 Northwest Road.
  • Denman Freedance! Intentional dance and movement.
    Come as you are , leave feeling better!
    Everyone welcome!
    $10 at the door or pay what you can.
    Facebook Event 
    2nd Thursday every month! at 7 p.m.  Denman Island Community Back Hall, 1169 Northwest Road

 March 2020 Grapevine Calendar

March NEWS

Wildlife Viewing during the March Herring Spawn!

In March herring come to the east coast of Vancouver Island to spawn. It’s a spectacular sight as the waters turn a milky light blue from the herring milt and attract thousands of birds and marine life to the area around Denman Island.

You can see gulls, many species of ducks, eagles, ravens as well as river otters, seals, sea lions and even orca and humpback whales in Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel off of Denman Island.

Hornby Island hosts a Herring Fest March 5-8, 2020, with Herring ‘school’, films, boat rides and a dance! If you want to see wildlife but don’t want the crowds, stay on Denman Island for a quiet visit.


Harriet the Herring video

Conservancy Hornby Island video



Featured Artist Tom Dennis

Tome Dennis Stoneware Pottery: Living on Lake Farm inspires potter Tom Dennis to produce a full range of versatile table ware and beautiful decorative pieces. Platters, square plates, serving dishes, mugs and more!

Visit his studio and gallery daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3700 Lake Road, or see his work at the Denman Craft Shop, and the Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour May 16& 17.


Featured Accommodation Fillongley Campground

4 Reasons to Love Winter/Spring Camping at Fillongley Provincial Park on Denman Island!
1. Fillongley is one of the few Provincial Parks that allow year-round camping, with 10 oceanside sites available for $12 per night!
2. No reservations needed – You can take your pick of campsites!
3. Campfires! Fire bans are common in summer months – keep the fires burning in winter.
4. Peace & Quiet. You just might be the only one there!


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Tips from Visit Denman Island 

TIP#1: Our shores will be covered with herring spawn this month, please tread lightly, don’t collect seaweed, and maintain a respectful distance from wildlife.

TIP#2: DEER ALERT! Please travel the road with caution and expect to see deer.

TIPS to avoid deer collisions:

  • Use a seat belt to protect yourself in the event of a collision with a deer
  • Drive close the centre line as traffic permits – leaving extra space on the edge of the road
  • If you see one deer crossing – expect another to follow!
  • A second fawn often follows a doe with a fawn a moment later
  • Deer sometimes reverse and run back – give them time
  • Dim the headlights to reduce the deer’s confusion

TIP#3: Please tread lightly on our rural Island. Drive the speed limit, take trash with you, and respect your neighbours.