The architect designed KEMA House and the small neighbouring Swedish styled KEMA Cabin sit perched on a slight rise with westerly views of the ocean, Denman Island and the mountains of Vancouver Island. Across the road on the waterfront side of our property a series of stairs lead down the high bank to a beautiful secluded beach. Sand, tidal pools, and the western views lend themselves to lazy beach days with beautiful evening sunsets. Come discover - KEMA House & Cabin on Hornby Island!

The wild beauty of Hornby Island

Yes, Hornby Island is beautiful! Nature's beauty is in abundance everywhere, at Tribune Bay and virtually at every turn on the island. Much of Hornby's beauty is also in the people that call it home and in that which they have created. Click below to explore.


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KEMA House on Hornby Island

KEMA House

Architect Designed House, Water Views, Sleeps 4, 2 Queen Beds

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KEMA Cabin Accommodation on Hornby Island

KEMA Cabin

Water Views from Deck, Sleeps 2, Queen Bed

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KEMA House & Cabin on Hornby Island - Future Tiny Home

KEMA Tiny House - COMING late 2020 or 2021!

Water Views , Sleeps 4, 2 Queen Beds

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Hornby Island has something for everyone: some of the Gulf Islands' nicest beaches, exquisite gardens, hiking and biking trails, kayaking, diving, an observatory and much more.


Hornby Island has long been a Mecca for the creative soul and is home to world class musicians, visual artists, craftswomen and craftsmen.


Those looking to enjoy a tasty morsel while exploring the island or to savor local spirits and and some sit-down culinary delights won't be disappointed.


At KEMA House & Cabin on Hornby Island, we like to think of our waterfront beach as our own. After the "hike" down our stairs one is treated to a more or less private paradise. Come enjoy!


The Hornby Market Square, the Beulah Creek Nursey across the road, the Fords Cove Store and other venues scattered across the island offer everyday essentials and an opportunity to explore a sampling of what the island has to offer.

  • susan S. Avatar
    susan S.
    09 Mar 2020 - VRBO

    Perfect getaway Beautiful property and home. Ideal if you are looking for quiet down time! It had everything we needed.

    Nigel Avatar
    18 Aug 2018 - Airbnb

    Staying at KEMA was above and beyond our expectations. We arrived to a clean and well appointed cabin with all of the modern amenities (except for a washer and dryer) and fell in love with the entire property.

    The beds are comfortable, the bathrooms are excellent and the outdoor shower is sublime after a day at the beach. This is also a fantastic place for kids with an amazing playhouse outside and blackberries for picking.

    Martin is quick to reply, courteous and overall great to deal with.

    Thank you Martin!

    Angela R. Avatar
    Angela R.
    16 Sep 2019 - VRBO

    Awesome! 3rd time we have stayed in this adorable cabin. Very special place for us and we love Hornby!

    Robyn M. Avatar
    Robyn M.
    10 Sep 2019 - VRBO

    Sweet Getaway Had such a lovely stay here. Perfect for sunsets and longs walks on the beach 🙂 The cabin had everything we needed and felt homie and warm. Thanks for the stay!

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    Landon C.
    24 Aug 2019 - VRBO

    KEMA HOUSE the best rental on Hornby KEMA HOUSE was extremely clean and comfortable. We stayed for more then a week and we felt so at home. We will absolutely stay again in the future.

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    Jeanette H.
    07 Sep 2018 - VRBO

    Cabin urgently needs TLC; several safety issues should to be addressed. The property surrounding the cabin is quite pleasant with tall trees for shade, yet an opening is there to see some of the ocean from the cabin deck. There are wild blackberries all around the cabine and lining the driveway - nice for breakfast. Although the property sits on a main road leading from the ferry terminal, it is usually only somewhat noisy in the morning and late afternoon. At night it is very quiet. Deer mums and fawns grazed on lawn regularly.

    Ocean access across the road is down several flights of rickety stairs; not ideal to carry down cooler, chairs etc. Better to hop in the car and drive a short distance to Tribune Bay Provincial Park with its beautiful sandy beach. As Hornby Island is quite small, it is really a short drive to all attractions whether they be wineries, distilleries, hikes, beaches etc.

    Cabin: smoke detector had no battery in it and was too old, fire extinguisher indicated it needed recharging, railing on the cabin deck was very wobbly; you would not want to lean on it too much or you could topple into the blackberries. The outdoor benches are also wobbly and we had to drive many nails back into deck stairs (with a rock) as they were sticking out. Some of the wiring is iffy; hubby fiddled with bathroom GFCI switch for half an hour to get it to work. Light string outside the cabin does not work either. Ceiling in the bathroom by the toilet is so low (about 4.5 feet) when I stepped back to let husband pass soundly smacked my head on that ceiling; have a big goose egg to prove it.

    Ceiling is also low by breakfast table/ chairs so one must always think to duck when one gets up from the chair. Lighting is poor in the cabin, except in kitchen. The lighting that does exist is harsh and often not possible to position where it is needed. We thought to bring book lights or else we would not have been able to read and there is no TV. Cast iron stove is about 2 feet from bed end; thank goodness we still had warm weather and did not have to use it. Not safe to have this heat source so close to bed linen.

    We took our garbage with us (as requested) and had to provide all our own water for consumption - sulphur smell of tap water while washing was awful. We received a list or rules prior to check in and then found more rules posted all over this little cabin. 5 in bathroom alone.

    2.5 out of 5.

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    mike t.
    21 Jul 2020 - VRBO

    Nice location ! Stayed for 4 nights and the small cabin has everything you need. Nice sunsets and beach spot across the road. Martin is a fantastic host and will give ideas what to see on the island. Would definitely stay again. Thanks

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    Angela R.
    01 Jul 2019 - VRBO

    Cute rustic cabin We've stayed twice and adore Hornby. Cute rustic cabin with everything you need. Feels like camping but elevated. Beach across the street is super peaceful and a great spot to search for sea glass. Stairs to beach are a bit sketchy but doesn't bother us. A special place for us.

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    James N.
    14 Jan 2016 - VRBO

    Happy New Year's Stay! We spent a lovely 3 days on Hornby Island and thoroughly enjoyed staying at the KEMA house. The house is lovingly decorated and very clean. All amenities we required for our short stay were provided as expected and we felt very comfortable.

    The view out to the ocean, Denman Island, and Vancouver Island was also wonderful, as was the beach, which we frequented a few times for a brief walk.

    We imagine that Hornby Island and this vacation property are even more lovely in the summer. We'll be back.

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    Ivan E.
    21 Aug 2019 - VRBO

    A little piece of paradise A beautiful home with an amazing view. Would definitely go back.

    Daniel Avatar
    03 Jul 2017 - Airbnb

    We had the pleasure of staying here for a wedding at Sea Breeze lodge couldn't be happier with our choice. The open air shower was a hit with all the guests and ample bathroom space made it easy for 4 people to get wedding ready. Wonderfully decorated taking on a Scandinavian cabin feel and lovely artwork and furniture pieces throughout the home. Easy to see this is lived in home, which added a sense of warmth for the guests. The Kema sign was a great touch and made finding it from the road very simple. Highly recommend for your next stay.

    Karin Avatar
    10 Jun 2017 - Airbnb

    Great place to stay on Hornby!

  • Barbara Avatar
    15 Oct 2019 - Airbnb

    Quaint little cabin! Lots of privacy! Great location on the island with a view!!

    Christina Avatar
    15 Jul 2020 - Airbnb

    What a wonderful spot! Can’t beat the location, what an amazing stay - we will be back thanks again!!

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    Katherine M.
    01 Aug 2020 - VRBO

    Beautiful place to stay Beautiful place to stay

    Bryan Avatar
    01 Jul 2019 - Airbnb

    A very unique rustic cabin with a great deck and yard for relaxing.

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    Jeramy R.
    16 Sep 2019 - VRBO

    Island paradise. Great place to relax. Everything you could want. Thanks Martin.

    Nadia Avatar
    28 Jul 2015 - Airbnb

    We had a lovely time staying at the Kema cabin. So close to the ferry and not far from the delicious Cardboard House bakery/pizza place. The scenic drive to "downtown" Hornby isn't that far either. For that matter no destination is really that far. Beautiful private beach right across the street from the cabin with an abundance of sea life and white sand. The cabin pretty much has everything you need. We brought our own music player though and games to occupy us in the later evening. I would highly recommend the Kema cabin. The Rempel family are wonderful hosts.
    Nadia Geffroy

    Katrin Avatar
    12 Sep 2019 - Airbnb

    The KEMA cabin is really cosy and has everything you need for your stay on Hornby Island. It was very clean, the wifi worked well and we enjoyed sitting on the patio with a nice seaview.

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    Diane M.
    04 Aug 2017 - VRBO

    Peaceful place for a home base We stayed for 3 nights. It's a 'basic' cabin and suited our needs. Positive notes...We wanted quiet and we got it. Close to great biking trails, which we did daily. Visited the entire island. Bed was comfy and great sleeps but did not notice till the last day there were no sheets on the bed. Just a soft mattress cover. Kitchen had all the 'basic's' for cooking. Negative notes...the beach deck was not as I thought. Impressions are it's across the road, which it is, but then down some over 50 very very steep stairs - then the deck. Very hard return up. And the well water had the super strong sulphur smell. I was ok with it, my hubby, not so much. lol Overall it is as described and had the quiet stay I was looking for. Loved the bike trails, the bakery and the Co-op has everything you need. Will definitely be back to Hornby.


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