Mayne Island

What to see and do on Mayne Island:

Immerse yourself in the arts! 
Visit some of the many art galleries and studios the island has to offer. From painters and sculptors to potters and photographers and more! Mayne has some very creative folks, including Toby Snelgrove Photography and Orion Knits. The Treefrog Gallery and Natural Clothing is a good place to see a variety of local crafts. More info here:
Take a hike!
Mayne has a number of nice hikes from an easy stroll on one of the many beaches to a more vigorous hike up Mt. Parke. Pick up a copy of the Mayne Island Hiking & Walking Guide or download it here.
Get outside!
Mayne has a lot of outdoor fun to offer; cycling, kayaking, beach combing and more! If you want to get out on the water, enjoy the scenery and wildlife and maybe take some photos, take a tour with Mayne Tours. Toby is happy to share his knowledge of nature and photography with his tour guests. And you get to see sea lions; need I say more!

And don’t forget to visit a park. My favourites are Georgina Point Park & Lighthouse and Dinner Bay Park & Japanese Gardens.

Have a bite!
Mayne dining options may be few but you won’t go hungry! The island boasts three grocery outlets including the newest entry, the Farm Gate Store (near the Fernhill Centre) which features fresh, local produce. There’s also a weekly seasonal farmers market, May through October. For coffee or a light meal, try the Camassia Cafe (also at the Fernhill Centre) or the Sunny Mayne Bakery Café (in Miners’ Bay).

Getting there:

To visit Mayne Island you will need to take the Southern Gulf Islands ferry from Tsawwassen or Swartz Bay. Ferry info here.

Where to stay:

Mayne Island has a variety of rental accommodation, consisting of small inns, cottages and B&Bs. There is also a small private campground. We stayed at the Fernhill Bed and Breakfast and it was fantastic! Our hosts were friendly and helpful and the room was cozy, comfortable and nicely decorated.

Another place that I have stayed is the Blue Vista Resort which has a collection of small cottages which are great for families or groups of people.

More rental accommodations can be found here: or at

2 Responses to Mayne Island

  1. sarah says:

    Love Mayne Island, such a great lively community. May Day and English Country Dance Balls, Saturday summer market and lots of excellent crafts and artists. Makes for a great escape!

  2. sarah says:

    Beautiful serene photos!

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