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Mayne Island

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Mayne Island [1] is in the Southern Gulf Islands. The island is approximately 21 square kilometers and has a permanent population of about 1100 people. There is evidence of human habitation up to 5000 years ago, however, Captain George Vancouver is the first non-native to alight on the island, having camped there in 1794 (his crew left a coin and a knife found over a century later by early settlers). The first permanent homesteads were built in the 1860s. The island is named after Royal Navy lieutenant Richard Charles Mayne.

The majority of services are located in the Miners Bay area. Here you will find a gas station, liquor store, post office, ATM, and two grocery stores. Other major locations on the island are Village Bay, location of the ferry terminal, as well as Georgina Point and Bennett Bay, both part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

The Mayne Island Community Chamber of Commerce provides a tourist map[2] that identifies key attractions, activities and shopping.

Get in[edit]

Map of Mayne Island

BC Ferries [3] operates service to Mayne Island from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, and Tsawwassen on the British Columbia mainland. There are currently eight sailings per day, but you should always check the website for the latest information. Floatplane service is also available to and from Mayne Island. Several companies provide regular scheduled service in and out of Miners Bay.

For a more down to earth experience, discover the island by renting a bike or kayak from Mayne Island Kayaking, +1 250 539-2463 [4]. Travellers who plan to solely explore the Island by bicycle should note that it is a long walk from the ferry terminal to Mayne Island Kayaking.

Get around[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

If you plan to cycle, you should bring your own bicycle as the nearest place to rent one is a long distance from the ferry terminal. Cyclists should travel single file as the narrow and hilly roads on Mayne Island can create blind curves.

On foot[edit]

Mayne Island is small enough that it is possible to travel a fair distance on the Island on foot. If travelling this way, you should be reasonably fit and prepared for long walks. It takes about 45 minutes to walk from the ferry terminal to the village of Miners Bay. BC Car-Free[5] provides additional information useful for travellers who plan to visit Mayne Island without a vehicle.

See[edit]

Arbutus Tree at Georgina Point, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
  • The lighthouse at Georgina Point, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve(Follow Georgina Point Road from Miners Bay). The lighthouse was built in 1885 and marks the eastern entrance to Active Pass. A great place to watch passing boats, and marine life such as harbour seals and orca whales.
  • Japanese Gardens at Dinner Bay Park. This garden is maintained year round by local volunteers. It is a tribute to the Japanese-Canadians sent to internment camps during World War II. No charge to enter, but donations are gratefully accepted.
  • Miners Bay contains many buildings of historic interest including Springwater Lodge (1885), St Mary Magdalene Church (1897), Plumper Pass Lock-up (1896, now a museum), and the Agricultural Hall (1900).

Do[edit]

Campbell Point, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
  • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Bennett Bay Rd.. At Bennett Bay, stroll through a small section of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is a mosaic of properties spread over 15 islands, islets and reefs [6]). Park at the end of Isabella Lane, and take the short trail out to Campbell Point, which features remnant old-growth forest and views of Mt. Baker, Georgeson Island and Saturna Island. Bennett Bay Beach (which can be accessed via Bennett Bay Road) has the reputation of being one of the best sandy beaches on the Island, and it is the primary launch point for kayakers and small boaters [7].For more information about Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, please phone 1-866-944-1744.  edit
  • Mount Parke Regional Park, Montrose Rd.. Hike Mount Parke to access one of the best viewpoints on Mayne Island. There are several hiking options, including an easy stroll through thick forest and an extended loop trail. It takes about 45 minutes to hike to the viewpoint. The Mayne Island Conservancy Society provides the official guide and map[8] for Mount Parke Regional Park.  edit
  • Mayne Island Music Society events, [9]. The Society holds, on average, six events per year. The Society focuses on bringing quality live music to the Island, providing performance opportunities for local musicians, and supporting music education on the Island.  edit
  • Mayne Island Fall Fair. The Mayne Island Fall Fair is the oldest fall fair on the Gulf Islands. Includes a parade, farmers' market, and other events/activities. Held annually on the third Saturday in August.  edit
  • MayneNews, [10]. The MayneNews web site and email list features non-profit community and cultural events throughout the year.  edit


Buy[edit]

Mayne Island is the home to many artists and artisans who produce glass, pottery, jewellery, cards, paintings, prints, weaving and tapestry. Meet many of the Island's artists and farmers at the Mayne Island Farmers' Market, which is open Saturday mornings on the Agricultural Hall Grounds (on Fernhill Rd. in Miners Bay) from July through September.

  • Coastal Creations, 417 Fernhill Road, +1 250 539-5889. Gallery and giftshop for locally produced and finely crafted wood, garden art, metal, and glass wares, original watercolours and prints, photography, hand made books, journals, calendars, and cards, sheepskin slippers, weaving, leather and fabric accessories, "all natural" beauty products and 100% beeswax candles. Call for seasonal hours.
  • EN•VISION Gallery, +1 250 539-5606. Fine art gallery and shop. Seasonal hours or by appointment.
  • Mayne Island Glass Foundry, 563 Aya Reach Road, +1 250 539-2002, [11]. Glass blowing studio and gallery. Open 10-5 daily, June to September.
  • Miners Bay Books, +1 250 539-3112. New and used books, gifts, cards, toys and games. Specializing in West Coast, BC, local authors, children's and literary fiction.
  • Tree Frog Gallery & Natural Clothing, +1 250 539-3551. A collection of eco-friendly hemp and organic cotton clothing.

Eat[edit]

Wild blackberries are abundant on Mayne Island in late summer through early September, and make a tasty snack (particularly if you're travelling around the Island on foot or bicycle).

  • Oceanwood Resort, +1 250 539-5074, [12], open Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat for Lunch and Dinner, Sun for Brunch and dinner.
  • Sunny Mayne Bakery Café , +1 250 539-2323, [13], open daily from 7am.
  • Springwater Lodge, +1 250 539-5521, [14].
  • The Wild Fennel, 574 Fernhill, +1 250 539-5987. Fine dining with a funky atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner with daily specials.  edit

Drink[edit]

  • Springwater Lodge, +1 250 539-5521, [15]. Enjoy a drink on the patio where you have a pleasant view of the bay.  edit

Sleep[edit]

  • Mayne Island Camping, 359 Maple Drive, +1 250 889-7366, [16], open April to September. Reservations recommended. Pet friendly. $12-$15 per person, per night for oceanfront and forest campsites. Also rents 2 bdrm Seal Beach Cottage. Easily accessible by foot, bicycle or vehicle. From ferry 3km. The walk into Miners Bay 1 km.
  • Springwater Lodge, +1 250 539-5521, [17], $40-$70 per night.
  • Active Pass B&B, 416 Sunset Place, +1 250 539-5034, [18], $95-125 per night.
  • Bayview B&B, 764 Steward Drive, +1 250 539-2924, fax +1 250 539-2918, [19], $80-$90 per night.
  • Oyster Bay Oceanfront B&B, 511 Bayview Drive, +1 250 539-0612, [20], $150-$350 per night.
  • Oceanwood Country Inn, 630 Dinner Bay Road, +1 250 539-5074, fax +1 250 539-3002, [21], $139-$349 per night.


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