Photos courtesy of Dave Allen – Mayne Island Images – 250.812.5646
Mayne Island is located along the Southern maritime gateway between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Ferry, boat or float plane will deliver you to this uncrowded and serene island of natural beauty and captivating views.
When on Mayne: Beach-comb, Kayak or swim from one of the 14 beach accesses. 3 boat launches and 2 government docks for the mariners. Hiking trails to magnificent ocean views and cyclist can persists the rolling island hills taking in the surrounding pastoral views.
Visit one of the two commercial hubs where you can find historical buildings, grocery stores, liquor outlets, retail and artisan shops, a spa, 3 restaurants, bakery/cafe, motel/hotel, B&B accommodations, gas station, mechanic shop, and Home Hardware.
Other amenities include; elementary school, medical center, ambulance, fire station, library, community center & tennis courts, plus many groups and societies to become involved in.
Mayne Island History:
Mayne Island was named after Lieutenant Richard Mayne, who served aboard the HMS Plumper during the 1850’s. Plumper Sound lies between Mayne, Saturna and Pender Islands carrying the ships name.
The First Nations’ people lived seasonally on Mayne Island and fished Active Pass for about 3,000 years. Then the gold-rush miners arrived on the west coast in the mid-19th century sailing into Miners Bay. While traveling between the lower mainland and Vancouver Island, the Spring Water Lodge that overlooks Active Pass was their overnight stay. The lodge is fully operational today offering food, drink and beautiful sunsets.
In the late 1800’s a large Japanese community specialized in greenhouse cash crops and that agricultural history is carried on today with a few operating farms that supply organic fruits and vegetables locally. During the peak growing season these farmers and artisans alike display their labor’s of love on the fair grounds next to the historic Agricultural Hall built in 1900.
As far back as the 1900s Mayne Island became an important Pacific Northwest resort Island and it’s still a treasure today!