Mayne Island is one of British Columbia's Southern Gulf
islands, located just to the South of
Galiano Island, which we have
previously explored. The visit to Mayne Island took less than a day, so
we did not see everything there was to see, but saw enough to make it a
very worthwhile trip.
A ferry from Tsawassen or Swartz Bay goes to Mayne
Island. Also, inter-island ferries connect some Southern Gulf islands
with each other. Today, we took a bicycle on a ferry heading from
Galiano Island to Mayne Island, and returned the same way.
This trip report has random Mayne Island photos, and also
covers Horton Bay and nearby Saint John Point Regional Park Reserve with
its two short trails. Two following trips are
Halliday Ridge Trail in Mount Parke Regional Park, and
Campbell Point Trail Hike.
All distances in this trip report
are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate.
1. Here is a Google map of Mayne Island.
2. We were visiting Galiano Island for a few days, so
this trip starts on a bicycle at Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal on Galiano
Island. Here is a ferry ticket booth.
Galiano Island BC Ferry Booth
4. We are biking to board Salish Eagle, the same ferry
that took us to Galiano Island from Tsawwassen. One has to walk the
bicycle before entering a ferry and on the ferry itself.
Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal Pier - Galiano Island British Columbia
5. Good-bye, Galiano, we'll see you soon!
Leaving Galiano Island on a Ferry
6. It's a very short ride from Galiano to
Mayne, about 20 minutes or so. Here we see Galiano Island on the right, and
Mayne Island on the left.
Galiano Island and Mayne Island BC
7. BC Ferry Mayne Queen passed us by. It's one
of the two Southern Gulf islands inter-islands ferries, along with Queen of
BC Ferry Mayne Queen
8. Approaching Mayne Island. The smoke was from
Mayne Island BC
9. Speaking of Queen of Cumberland.
BC Ferry Queen of Cumberland
10. Here it is, Mayne Island's Village Bay BC
Village Bay Ferry Terminal on Mayne Island British Columbia Canada
11. Not as colourful as Galiano's, but
pleasantly painted too.
Mayne Island Village Bay Ferry Terminal
our video of sailing from Galiano
Island to Mayne Island.
11. Salish Eagle staff are getting ready to let
Onboard Salish Eagle BC Ferry Docked at Mayne Island
12. Salish Eagle docked at the Village Bay
BC Ferry Salish Eagle Docked at Village Bay Ferry Terminal on Mayne Island
13. It did not take long for the first good view to
appear. A fine-looking bay indeed.
Village Bay Mayne Island BC
14. We first headed to Mount
Parke Regional Park (covered in the next trip report), and found a map of Mayne Island, just 40 meters from the
end of the ferry terminal area, on the corner of Village Bay Road and Dalton
Mayne Island BC Canada
15. Here is that map of Mayne Island
up close. We have indicated on the map as follows: Yellow square -
Village Bay and ferry terminal. Yellow circle - Georgina Point
(apparently, there is an old lighthouse there, but we didn't have time
to check it out), Red Circle - Mount Parke Regional Park, Blue square -
Campbell Point Trail, Red square - Saint John Point Regional Park Reserve.
Map of Mayne Island BC
16-17. At 1.04 km from the ferry
terminal, still on Village Bay Road, there are two neat painted wooden carvings
of a seal and an eagle.
Village Bay Road Mayne Island BC
Eagle Wooden Carving Mayne Island British Columbia Canada
Village Bay Road 1.22 km from the ferry terminal. Way
too many cars for such a small island were going back and forth on
Village Bay Road, making for less than a serene bike ride. Perhaps, due to a stat Monday?
Mayne Island BC Village Bay Road
19. At 2.0 km from the
terminal, we took a right turn to Felix Jack Road.
Village Bay Road at Felix Jack Road Maybe Island BC Canada
20. A welcoming figure on the left
side just after the turn.
Indigenous Welcoming Figure Mayne Island BC
21. At 3.25 km, we made a right turn
from Felix Jack Road onto Fernhill Road.
Felix Jack Road at Fernhill Road Mayne Island BC
22. At 3.75 km, a sign indicates that
another right turn (onto Montrose Road) leads to Mount Parke Regional
Fernhill Road near Montrose Road on Mayne Island in the Province of
Farm Gate store is located just past the sign seen in
the photo above.
Farm Gate Store Mayne Island BC
Mayne Island BC Farm Gate Food Store
25. There is no such thing on Galiano
Island, but both Mayne and Pender islands have it - an occasional Car
Stop, with rules in a poetic form attached.
Mayne Island Car Stop
26. Someone on Mayne Island really
loves their cat(s).
Mayne Island Cat Crossing Sign
It says "CAT crossing", but look who
We also found a pair of deer having a dinner on someone's