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Trip 251 - May 23, 2022 (Monday)

Mayne Island Visit

British Columbia, Canada

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Mayne Island Location: Southern Gulf islands of British Columbia. About 1 hour 10 minutes ferry ride from Tsawwassen.

Liked: Mount Parke Regional Park, Campbell Point Trail, Horton Bay.

Of Note: A small island with very limited services, roads have no shoulders. Traffic on the roads near the ferry terminal can be substantial.

Vancouver Island, Victoria & Gulf Islands Backroad Mapbook (9th edition) Mayne Island Coordinates: Page 11 (Saturna Island) B2.

Related Websites: Wiki - Mayne Island, Mayne Island Community Website.

 

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 dedicated to 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.

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.

5. Good-bye, Galiano, we'll see you soon!

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.

7. BC Ferry Mayne Queen passed us by. It's one of the two Southern Gulf islands inter-islands ferries, along with Queen of Cumberland.

8. Approaching Mayne Island. The smoke was from someone's bonfire.

9. Speaking of Queen of Cumberland.

10. Here it is, Mayne Island's Village Bay BC Ferry Terminal.

11. Not as colourful as Galiano's, but pleasantly painted too.

Here is our video of sailing from Galiano Island to Mayne Island.

11. Salish Eagle staff are getting ready to let us out.

12. Salish Eagle docked at the Village Bay Terminal.

13. It did not take long for the first good view to appear. A fine-looking bay indeed.

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 Drive.

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.

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.

18. 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?

19. At 2.0 km from the terminal, we took a right turn to Felix Jack Road.

20. A welcoming figure on the left side just after the turn.

21. At 3.25 km, we made a right turn from Felix Jack Road onto Fernhill Road.

22. At 3.75 km, a sign indicates that another right turn (onto Montrose Road) leads to Mount Parke Regional Park.

23-24. Farm Gate store is located just past the sign seen in the photo above.

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.

26. Someone on Mayne Island really loves their cat(s).

It says "CAT crossing", but look who actually crossed!

We also found a pair of deer having a dinner on someone's lawn.

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27. En route to Saint John Point Regional Park Reserve, less than 150 meters prior to its entrance, we have stumbled upon a very picturesque Horton Bay on Horton Bay Road.

28. A view of Horton Bay Dock walkway after turning left.

29. A bit further.

30. Horton Bay, Mayne Island.

31. Heading down to the dock.

32. Horton Bay Dock.

33. It's a quiet, peaceful area.

Our Mayne Island Trip Report Continues on Page 2.


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