Mayne Island

" Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. "

Anthony J. D'Angelo 


Mayne Island is part of the Southern Gulf Islands, halfway between Vancouver Island and the Mainland of British Columbia. Mayne Island has been the home of the Tsartlip First Nations for thousands of years and is presently home to 900 permanent residents. 

Mayne Island, at 21 square kilometres, is the smallest of the Gulf Islands. But that did not prevent it from becoming the commercial and social centre of the Gulf Islands for decades since it was first settled in the 1850’s. Even in 1900 Mayne Island was still a popular tourist destination. Mayne Island is one of the few with fertile soil. As a result, farming was and is very successful, apple orchards flourished, and a large Japanese settlement had very successful greenhouse businesses. To this day there is a steady stream of marine traffic passing through Active Pass. 

Mayne Island is a popular summertime tourist destination. People come to enjoy beachcombing, cycling, fishing, kayaking, diving, and sailing. Be sure to stop by the Japanese Gardens that were established by the community in honour of the members of their community that lost everything during WW II. Before the war, one third of the population of Mayne Island was Japanese. There are many art galleries and studios to discover and enjoy. There is a summer farmers market that runs well in to the fall months. 

There are some services on Mayne Island. There is an elementary school, a church, grocery store, health clinic, ATM, liquor store, and gas station. There are surprisingly no marinas on Mayne Island but there are public docks. Mayne Island can be accessed by BC Ferries. There are several restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops to choose from. For additional services that are required one can commute to either Victoria or the Mainland. 

If you are considering calling Mayne Island home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale on Mayne Island.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Mayne Island. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying on Mayne Island, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Mayne Island has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week on Mayne Island using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

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Community Events:

Check the Mayne Island community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.

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