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Mayne IslandCanada

Experience the slower pace of island life at this pastoral getaway in the southern Gulf Islands, where pretty farmsteads and forests define the serene landscape.

Historic Mayne Island is an outlying haven in the Gulf Islands chain. Situated in the middle of Active Pass, a busy maritime route between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, the island is admired by thousands of ferry passengers every day, but visited by few. Explore the 8.1-square-mile (21-square-kilometer) island to make the most of its secluded landscapes, beautiful forests and scenic waterfronts.

Miners Bay is the island’s largest settlement. Its quiet streets and cozy atmosphere present the perfect introduction to the island. Visit the island’s former jail, which now contains an informative museum. Learn about the island’s First Nations people, who fished from seasonal villages along the coast for over 3,000 years. In the mid-19th century, gold prospectors populated the island, using it as a stopover on the journey to the West Coast goldfields.

Stop by the heritage Agricultural Hall to join the bustle of the summer market, held on Saturdays. Go kayaking or boating along the island’s stunning coastline, or pick a spot to spend the day on the sands of Campbell Bay and Bennett Bay. Take the family to Dinner Bay Park to find out about Mayne Island’s Japanese heritage at the serene Japanese Garden and enjoy a picnic beside the playground. For extensive views across the island and Active Pass, take the hiking trail up Mount Parke in the heart of the island.

There are plenty of places to unwind on Mayne Island, including farmstead getaways and forest retreats. Explore the island by car or with a bike to go on a culinary adventure via farmgate stands and restaurants serving fresh regional produce. Visit the island’s artisan workshops, galleries and shops selling locally made organic goods.

Arrive to Mayne Island’s ferry dock in Village Bay. Boaters can moor in Miners Bay and Horton Bay. Floatplanes also arrive to Mayne Island from Vancouver. Book your accommodation at the island’s resorts, vacation rentals and campsites in advance for the high season in July and August, as lodging can book out across the entire island. Find out what passing ferry commuters are missing when you relax with the pastoral charm, pristine greenery and pretty shorelines of Mayne Island.

Top Hotels in Mayne Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mayne Island Resort
Mayne Island Resort
3.5 out of 5
494 Arbutus Drive, Mayne Island, BC

Nestled on the beach, this Mayne Island hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Dinner Bay Japanese Garden, Otter Bay Marina, and Pender Island Golf and Country Club. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (78 reviews)

"A lovely place. We had a lovely relaxing time there despite the necessary modifications due to the Covid 19 pandemic."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Mayne Island Resort
Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay
Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay
3 out of 5
1681 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC
The price is ¥14,482 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Duncan Farmers Market, and Vancouver Island University-Cowichan ...

4/5Very Good! (603 reviews)

"The room was fantastic, guest services very friendly and helpful I only rated amenities as neutral as we could not use them due to COVID 19"…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
849 Verdier Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥23,964 per night

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Brentwood Bay Ferry Terminal and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Butchart Gardens. Victoria Butterfly ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)

"The amenities and facilities are beautifully designed and very functional. Bedding and beds were very comfortable. The water and cookies in the rooms were also a nice touch. Also enjoyed the service and food at the Pub. All the staff appeared very friendly and helpful. Only critique was the front ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

Popular places to visit in Mayne Island

Steveston Fisherman's Wharf
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Steveston Fisherman's Wharf

4/5(1 review)

Explore the waterfront of Steveston Fisherman's Wharf and enjoy other activities such as boating in Steveston. Discover the beautiful sunsets and shops in this walkable area.

Roche Harbor Marina
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Roche Harbor Marina

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Roche Harbor with a trip to Roche Harbor Marina. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

San Juan Island National Historic Park
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San Juan Island National Historic Park

5/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at San Juan Island National Historic Park, a lovely green space in Friday Harbor. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

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