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Mayne Island - British Columbia


Mayne is smaller and less settled than are Pender, Galiano and Saltspring. The two islands are perfect for quiet weekends or vacations, where walking, enjoying nature and just relaxing are prescribed. With a population of about 900, Mayne Island has a rich modern history dating back to the gold rush days along the Fraser River and more north in the Cariboo country. Miners gathered here on their way to the Mainland in rowboats. Miners Bay, the commercial center of the island, was founded by homesteaders in 1859. Village Bay is the second community -- has the B.C. Ferries terminal, and is the entrance and departure point for the island. A walk up the slopes of Mayne Mountain

Relaxing on Mayne Island

The ferry lands at Village Bay, where there is a community of modern homes. Of the people who live on the island, some farm and others commute to work in Victoria or Vancouver. Mayne has long been an apple-growing center and is famous for its King apples. There are orchards, and sheep and poultry farming bolster the island economy. Miner's Bay was a turn-of-the-19th century tourist resort town with several Victorian hotels and more pubs than was safe for the tiny community. There are still good examples of Victorian architecture in Miners Bay.

Campbell Bay has a fine swimming beach. Mount Parke, the highest spot on the island, has scenic hiking trails. Sightseeing cruises are available at Miners Bay to observe sea lions and other wildlife. There are docking facilities at Horton Bay & Miners Bay. A community of artists and crafts people on the island exhibit their work in several outlets.

Dinner Bay Park is a day-use park with picnic tables and a beach. Mount Parke offers some of the best hiking on the island, with great views of Active Pass and other islands from the peak. The shoreline of Navy Channel, which runs between Mayne and Pender islands provides an interesting walk. To get there, take Marine Drive to Navy Channel Road. From the intersection, walk for about 15 minutes down Navy Channel Road, beside the channel.

As on the other islands, cycling is a preferred mode of trans-portation -- and exercise -- on Mayne. The public roads don't have a great deal of traffic and make excellent cycling paths with fresh scenery around every corner. Mariner's Way, around Crane Point, is one. Edith Point Road is another. There is no public campground on Mayne Island.


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Mayne Island Resort and Spa (250-539-3122) is located on a bluff overlooking the waters of the Salish Sea. The resort offers 18 modern deluxe Beach Cottages and 8 renovated rooms in the century-old Inn.

For history buffs: Springwater Lodge (250-539-5521) is an 1890s hotel, said to be the oldest continual lodging operation in B.C. There are rooms and four cottages plus a dining room overlooking Active Pass.

Blue Vista Resort on Bennett Bay (877-535-2424) has cabins with fireplaces, kitchens & decks.

Root Seller Inn (250-539-2621) is a bed and breakfast lodge on Village Bay Rd. wirh a two-room suite on the second floor.

Oceanwood Country Inn (250-539-5074) is a lodge open March to December. This is a deluxe B and B with dining room, rooms with ocean views, some with fireplaces.

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