Getting to Hollyhock

The Web of Change 2017 Flagship event is being held at Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre on Cortes Island. It's a remote location and so the recommended way to get there is to purchase a bus ticket that covers all bus, ferry and water taxi transportation between downtown Vancouver and Hollyhock.

Bus tickets to/from Hollyhock are still available. Purchase yours before they're all gone!

Overnighting in Vancouver Before and After WOC

The trip from Vancouver up to Hollyhock is an all day affair, so if you're coming from out of town you'll need to overnight in Vancouver the night of October 3. Similarly, the bus from Hollyhock won't arrive back into Vancouver until 7:45 pm on October 8. So, unless you're on a red eye, you'll need accommodation on the 8th as well.

If you'd like to stay with a local, use this form to connect with Vancouver-based Web of Changers who can offer up a spare room or couch. Vancouverites, if you've got space, please sign-up here to host an out-of-town WOCer.

Looking for an affordable place to stay, the YWCA Hotel in downtown Vancouver offers private and shared rooms at very reasonable rates. The hotel is clean and modern and well located.

Book your room at the YWCA Hotel.

Driving to Hollyhock?

If you'll be driving to Hollyhock, please sign up for the WOC carpool. You'll find your road trip match on the Web of Change carpool organizer website

Driving directions

From Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay take BC Ferries to Nanaimo, Vancouver Island

Take Hwy 19 North to Campbell River (2.5 h) 3) Exit right on Hwy 19A at North Campbell River

Follow signage to Quadra/ Cortes Ferries

Take BC Ferries to Quadra Island (10 min) & follow road signs to Cortes Island Ferry (10 min)

Take BC Ferries to Cortes Island (45 min)

Follow the signs to Smelt Bay Provincial Park, watch for Highfield Road on the left (17 km from ferry terminal) after passing through Manson’s Landing village (45 min)

You'll find BC Ferries schedules here. Be sure to check the current schedule.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 -
Sunday, Oct. 8


Packing List

  1. You passport if you're traveling to Canada.
  2. Casual, out-doorsy gear.
  3. Warm layers for chilly nights.
  4. Easy-off shoes – you'll need to take them off to enter each building.
  5. Warm socks.
  6. Hiking boots, running shoes or other practical outdoor footwear.
  7. A rain jacket.
  8. Swim suit for the hot tub (or ocean!)
  9. Flip flops for hot tubs, shared bathrooms.
  10. A flashlight for getting to and from buildings in the evenings.
  11. Alarm clock and/or a watch.
  12. Medications, sunscreen, toiletries. 
  13. Non-glass water bottle.
  14. Earplugs (in case your roommate is a snorer).
  15. An outfit for the "Future Movements Fashion and Dance Party!! It can be spectacularly shiny, textured, tailored, comfortable or anything in between!
  16. Hollyhock accepts VISA, MasterCard, debit cards, CDN or US cash. They do not accept checks.

Things to Leave Behind

Please do not bring the following to Hollyhock:

Relax with a Hollyhock Massage

Hollyhock has long been known for its restorative massage and bodywork. Pre-booking bodywork appointments two weeks before arrival to ensure the best availability of sessions. Call 1-800-933-6339 ext. 259.

Don't Forget Your Passport!

Don't forget, to enter and exit Canada you need a valid passport. 

No Scented Products, Please

Create a safer space for people with multiple chemical sensitivity by leaving your scented products at home and using scent free laundry products before you pack.

Learn more about why this is an act of radical inclusion and how to do it well.

A Little Less Tech is Good for the Soul

Hollyhock is located on remote Cortes Island, that's what makes it so special. But, being remote also means a little less technology than you're used to.

Wireless internet is available in the lodge. Internet speed is sufficient for email and sending average files, but not for large files or Skype calls. The lodge is always open.

Cell service is a bit sketchy. You'll find the strongest signal in the parking lot. Payphones and pre-paid phone cards are available.

Photo: ajmexico

Photo: ajmexico

Weather Forecast

October can be cool, sunny or downright stormy. Pleased be prepared for all of the above! Check out Cortes Island average weather conditions in October.

Hollyhock Grounds

Terrain at Hollyhock is uneven and so good walking shoes are highly recommended. If you have accessibility concerns, please email us at


Header photo by Martin Fisch