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Mayne Island
Travel Guide

Mayne Island which includes a sunset and forest scenes

Experience the slower pace of island life at this pastoral getaway in the southern Gulf Islands, where pretty farmsteads and forests define the serene landscape.

Historic Mayne Island is an outlying haven in the Gulf Islands chain. Situated in the middle of Active Pass, a busy maritime route between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, the island is admired by thousands of ferry passengers every day, but visited by few. Explore the 8.1-square-mile (21-square-kilometer) island to make the most of its secluded landscapes, beautiful forests and scenic waterfronts.

Miners Bay is the island’s largest settlement. Its quiet streets and cozy atmosphere present the perfect introduction to the island. Visit the island’s former jail, which now contains an informative museum. Learn about the island’s First Nations people, who fished from seasonal villages along the coast for over 3,000 years. In the mid-19th century, gold prospectors populated the island, using it as a stopover on the journey to the West Coast goldfields.

Stop by the heritage Agricultural Hall to join the bustle of the summer market, held on Saturdays. Go kayaking or boating along the island’s stunning coastline, or pick a spot to spend the day on the sands of Campbell Bay and Bennett Bay. Take the family to Dinner Bay Park to find out about Mayne Island’s Japanese heritage at the serene Japanese Garden and enjoy a picnic beside the playground. For extensive views across the island and Active Pass, take the hiking trail up Mount Parke in the heart of the island.

There are plenty of places to unwind on Mayne Island, including farmstead getaways and forest retreats. Explore the island by car or with a bike to go on a culinary adventure via farmgate stands and restaurants serving fresh regional produce. Visit the island’s artisan workshops, galleries and shops selling locally made organic goods.

Arrive to Mayne Island’s ferry dock in Village Bay. Boaters can moor in Miners Bay and Horton Bay. Floatplanes also arrive to Mayne Island from Vancouver. Book your accommodation at the island’s resorts, vacation rentals and campsites in advance for the high season in July and August, as lodging can book out across the entire island. Find out what passing ferry commuters are missing when you relax with the pastoral charm, pristine greenery and pretty shorelines of Mayne Island.

Mayne Island Resort
Mayne Island Resort
3.5 out of 5
494 Arbutus Drive, Mayne Island, BC
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Nestled on the beach, this Mayne Island hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Dinner Bay Japanese Garden, Otter Bay Marina and Pender Island Golf and Country Club. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (104 reviews)
"Small, well kept."

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

Mayne Island Resort
Mayne Island - "millie" 1907 Recycled Character Home, Beach & Boater's Delight
Mayne Island - "millie" 1907 Recycled Character Home, Beach & Boater's Delight
Edith Point Rd, Mayne Island, BC
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Situated in Mayne Island, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Dinner Bay Japanese Garden, Otter Bay Marina and Pender Island Golf and Country Club. ...
4/5Very Good! (8 reviews)
Beautiful cabin for a nature getaway
"The house is beautifully decorated, and in a great location for walking to the two nearby coves (seals, otters!), and a base for exploring the many bays, points and trails on the island. The cabin feels peaceful, quiet, and immersed in nature. It's a fun family spot, and we enjoyed the games (indoor ..."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2019

Mayne Island - "millie" 1907 Recycled Character Home, Beach & Boater's Delight
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
849 Verdier Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC
The price is £130 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Brentwood Bay Ferry Terminal and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Butchart Gardens. Victoria Butterfly ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (997 reviews)
"Place was awesome"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2021

Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
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West Beach Resort
West Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
190 Waterfront Way, Eastsound, WA
The price is £146 per night from 12 May to 13 May
This Eastsound cabin is on the beach, 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Orcas Island Golf Course, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Turtleback Mountain and Orcas Island Historical ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (31 reviews)
"Beautiful views of the bay from the beach cabins."

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

West Beach Resort
Salt Spring Acreage - 200 ft2 Sleeping Cabin + 400ft2 Studio Cabana Across Lake
Salt Spring Acreage - 200 ft2 Sleeping Cabin + 400ft2 Studio Cabana Across Lake
Cusheon Lake, Sleeping Cabin, Studio Cabana, Salt Spring Island, BC
Situated in Salt Spring Island, this cabin is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ganges Marina, Artspring Arts Center and Mistaken Identity Vineyards. Salt Spring Saturday ...
4.2/5Very Good! (12 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay. The cabin and cabana are quite rustic and cute"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2020

Salt Spring Acreage - 200 ft2 Sleeping Cabin + 400ft2 Studio Cabana Across Lake
Victoria Garden Estate 5 star with Pool and Hot tub
Victoria Garden Estate 5 star with Pool and Hot tub
4 out of 5
845 Downey Rd, Sidney, BC
Situated in a rural location, this holiday home is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal ...
Victoria Garden Estate 5 star with Pool and Hot tub
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