Mayne Island

In week 3, my one nice thing was a visit to Mayne Island, located in the southern Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia.

ferry to mayne

We took the ferry from Swartz Bay for a scenic 90-minute ride and  – amazing! – spotted a pod of Orca whales along the way.  About ten Orcas were jumping near the boat, including one baby.  What a great way to start our first family vacation with our son.

mayne cabin

We set the tent aside and decided to treat ourselves to a cabin for the weekend.  The bulk of our time was spent sightseeing, since neither of us had been to Mayne Island before.  Sipping coffee, eating and relaxing were also high on our list of priorities.

For those who have not yet visited, Mayne Island is a small island with a population of about 900 that offers beautiful parks, trails and beaches to explore.  The island is 5 km wide and 8 km long with a pretty even mix of flat and hilly terrain.  It seems perfect for cycling, which we will likely do when our son is older.

Here are a few places we visited:

Lighthouse Park at Georgina Point

mayne lighthouse

Bennett Bay Beach and Campbell Point

mayne hike

Japanese Gardens at Dinner Bay Park

mayne gardens

Historic Miners Bay

mayne signs

Mayne Island Glass Foundry

mayne starfish

 

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