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.
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.
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
Bennett Bay Beach and Campbell Point
Japanese Gardens at Dinner Bay Park
Historic Miners Bay
Mayne Island Glass Foundry