Named by Captain Richards for Richard Mayne, his lieutenant on HMS Plumber, Mayne Island is a small, quiet Island with a colourful past. During the Fraser River/Cariboo Gold Rush of the mid-1800s, Vancouver Island miners gathered at Miners Bay before rowing across Georgie Strait. Today, boaters find docking facilities at the government wharf and can walk into the village; there are also docking facilities at Horton Bay. On Mayne Island, visitors find a unique selection of accommodation, including delightful bed and breakfasts, country inns, cabins with fireplaces, and resorts in a variety of settings, as well as plenty of recreational opportunities:
Take a sightseeing cruise or charter a fishing boat.
Spend the afternoon basking in the sun at Bennett Bay Beach or hike through the forest up Mount Parke.
Follow the trail leading to the beautiful swimming beach at Campbell
Bay and explore the amazing wave carved sandstone caves.
Picnic at Georgina Point Lighthouse and admire the marine landscape.
Browse through the little shops at Miners Bay and glimpse the past in the local museum, which was once a jail, and at the Agricultural Hall.
Visit St. Mary Magdalene Church, built in 1898, perched high above the road overlooking Active Pass.