Mayne Island

Kayaking in Bennett Bay, Mayne Island
Kayaking in Bennett Bay, Mayne Island

Mayne is an island where history is immediately apparent. Village Bay 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 and is well worth a visit with good food and a pub where you can meet the locals.

Mayne Island is accessible by ferry from Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, by boat or by float plane. A variety of accommodation from camping and Inns to bed & breakfasts is available. Gas, groceries and galleries are all available, while a doctor and liquor store provide for more specialized needs.

Outdoor recreational activities include hiking, cycling, kayaking, and tennis. There are many beaches on the island and several parks which include Mount Parke with a spectacular view of the Southern Gulf Islands and Georgina Point Lighthouse at the entrance to Active Pass.

Gulf Islands National Park locations include Bennett Bay, Georgeson Island and Georgina Point.

Getting to Mayne Island:

Mayne Island is accessible from Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island) and Tsawwassen (Mainland, near Vancouver) through BC Ferries. BC Ferries provides service to the Village Bay ferry terminal.

Float planes fly into Miners Bay.

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