Acivities, Find out how to make it happen at Mayne Island Resort.
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Yoga & Relaxation Therapies
Beach Combing and Swimming
Hiking and Cycling
Kayaking and Canoeing
Boat Charters and Sailing
Visit Beautiful Japanese Gardens
Visit Island Craft Shops and Artisans
Golfing on Nearby Islands
Island Hopping Easy and Affordable
Fishing from our dock
Arrange a local fishing charters
Mayne Island vacations begin the moment BC Ferries sets sail for Village Bay. Once on the island, beachcomb at any of 14 shoreline access points. Campbell Bay's Boulder Beach, the driftwood-lined Piggott Bay and sandy Bennett Bay are prime beachcombing and swimming destinations.
Bennett Bay beach at Mayne Island Resort
Pleasure boaters can utilize wharves at Miners Bay and Horton Bay. Kayakers typically avoid the busy navigation lanes of Active Pass and instead opt for Mayne's sheltered eastern shoreline. The experienced strike out from Bennett Bay for the Belle Chain Islets or overnight camping spots on Saturna Island.
Sightseeing and fishing expeditions are available by appointment. We have seasonal prime fishing grounds just offshore in Active Pass and at the north end of Galiano Island in Porlier Pass. Orca whale sightings are always a possibility with the members of J-pod circulating in local waters.
J-pod Active Pass Mayne Island
Cycling is a leading attraction thanks to Mayne's looping road system and relatively minimal auto traffic. Like all the Gulf Islands, however, the circuit has its share of climbs and bikers should be prepared for huff-and-puff sections.
Most of the hiking trails on the island are moderate to easy, which is just fine by those who enjoy sight seeing strolls through forests or by the sea. Mount Parke Regional Park in the island's centre has an easy forest loop near its parking lot and a hardier trail up to the Halliday Lookout. Another popular route: A flat 3km/1.8mi forest trail along the Campbell Point peninsula to Bennett Bay.
Miners Bay Walkabouts
Exploring the handful of shops and heritage buildings in Miners Bay can fill several happy hours, especially when a coffeeshop or restaurant break is factored into the schedule. Browse the charming, cottage-like Miner Bay Books for bestsellers and regional literature.
The island's quaint museum in the 1896 Plumper Pass Lock-Up is across from the equally historic Agricultural Hall. Visit with the island's lively Farmer's Market on summer Saturday mornings. St. Mary Magdalene Church (1898) has lovely grounds and seating areas that command prime Active Pass views.
Stops of Interest
By appointment and for a small donation, animal enthusiasts can visit the Rest.Q Sanctuary, a remarkable refuge for abandoned pets. Introduce the family to the sheep and goats at Meadowmist, a bona fide working farm that welcomes visitors. Check out the community gardens or the historic Georgina Point Lighthouse. Black-tailed and white-spotted fallow deer outnumber the human population, so drivers are advised to stay vigilant.
The art of low-cost, alternative housing is practiced at Cobworks, a Mayne Island educational centre that offers instruction in building "earthhouses" from light clay and straw bales. Sign up for a workshop or overnight in a cob house.
Cultural & Community Events
The community gathers seasonally for family oriented events. An Easter egg hunt (April), the St. Mary Magdalene Church Fair (July), dog show (BC Day weekend), fall fair (mid-August), salmon barbeque (Labour Day weekend) and a series of Christmas craft fairs and events are highlights.
The Mayne Island Music Society presents a half-dozen concerts annually at the Agricultural Hall. Wild Fennel Food & Wine hosts live music on dancing-room-only Sunday nights throughout the summer. Bands also rock the stage at the Springwater Lodge occasionally.
Many Mayne Island visitors de-stress by nesting down in comfortable accommodations. The pleasure of doing nothing for a weekend or week is enlivened by a range of comfort activities. Dine out at handful of good restaurants. Browse art galleries and home studios. Spread out a picnic blanket at the Georgina Point lighthouse or Dinner Bay Park.
Purchase organic produce at area farms. Wander around Miners Bay while investigating the island's rich history and culture. Take a round-trip water taxi to the Salt Spring Island market on summer Saturdays. Or sign the kids up for environmental and creativity programs offered on Mayne by the Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning.
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