Mayne Island

Gulf Islands paradise, the view from Miners Bay, Mayne Island
Gulf Islands paradise, the view from Miners Bay, Mayne Island
Kayaking in Bennett Bay, Mayne Island, British Columbia

Mayne is an island where history is immediately apparent. Village Bay, where the ferry docks, acknowledges a First Nations settlement of great antiquity. During the 1858 Fraser River gold rush, the miners camped in what is still called Miners’ Bay, and the historic Springwater Lodge has been in use since 1895.

Today’s traveller can reach the island by ferry from Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen by ferry, or by float plane. The hospitality tradition continues with a variety of accommodation, from camping through bed & breakfasts and Inns. Gas, groceries and galleries are all available, while a doctor and liquor store provide for more specialized needs.

There’s an abundance of outdoor recreation activities including hiking, cycling, kayaking, and tennis. There are many beaches on the island and several parks which include Mount Parke with a spectacular of the Southern Gulf Islands and Georgina Point Lighthouse at the entrance to Active Pass.