Mayne Island, Gulf Islands, BC

Gulf Islands Map - Blue Vista Resort

Gulf Islands Map – Blue Vista Resort

Mayne Island is one of the most picturesque of the Gulf Islands and is a short relaxing ferry ride from either Vancouver or Victoria. The Island enjoys one of Canada’s most temperate climates with long sunny summers and less than half the rainfall of the Vancouver area. Winters are mild with infrequent frosts.

Mayne Island is the ferry transfer point for Galiano, Pender, Saltspring, and Saturna Island, making the Blue Vista Resort the ideal spot for Island hopping by bicycle, kayak or car. The Gulf Island National Park at Bennett Bay is just a short walk from the Blue Vista Resort.

Mayne Island is 8 kilometres long and 6 kilometres wide with beautiful scenery and several bays and beaches for swimming, clam digging, fishing, hiking and boating. Enjoy a leisurely hike to the summit of Mount Parke or visit the historical Active Pass Lighthouse at Georgina Point. There are two grocery stores, several licensed restaurants and pubs, a liquor outlet, service station, two public docks, a bakery, deli and numerous small art galleries. Some local artisans offer workshops.

Trees and wildflowers cover most of the island. The island is a birdwatcher’s dream. For those who enjoy the ocean wildlife, seals, sea lions and otters are regular visitors and the occasional pod of Orcas (killer whales) can be seen in the summer.

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Mayne Island Map - Blue Vista Resort

Mayne Island Map – Blue Vista Resort

There is lots to do on Mayne Island
– for a day or a week!

Biking Mayne Island Lighthouse - Blue Vista Resort

Scenic Tours and Island Hopping

Now, using Blue Vista Resort as your base, combined with Mayne Inter Island Sea Tours, you can organize day trips to Saturna, Galiano or Pender Island. Also try a sightseeing excursion out to the Belle Chains to see the seal and sea-lion haul-outs, possibly whales, and the extensive birdlife including bald eagles, of the Gulf Island Marine Park Reserve. Visit Saturna, Pender, Galiano or Saltspring for a picnic, hike, biking, golfing, spa treatment, sightseeing and much more. Just call us to arrange that special event. See www.mayneinterislandseatours.com today!

Fishing Charters

Catch that big salmon or cod you’ve been dreaming about with an experienced local guide and fully qualified captain. The in-season fishing is really good value fun…. a 2-3 hour experience, ideal for families or small groups and having a 100% success rate for impressive fish catching in the 2014 season. See www.mayneinterislandseatours.com

Mayne Island Fishing Success

Mayne Island Kayaking

Kayaking and Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Mayne Island has world class kayaking waters. Just 500 meters from our property, launch at Bennett Bay Beach for an adventure of a lifetime in your own equipment or with Bennett Bay Kayaking which has experienced guides, instruction and quality equipment rentals. See www.bennettbaykayaking.com

Biking

Enjoy our winding roads, hushed forests and refreshing stops as you cycle along our quiet lane. Mayne Inter Island Sea Tours can also deliver you and your bikes for day trips around Saturna, Galiano or Pender islands. Return by ferry or the drop off boat. For Blue Vista Resort guests, some bike rentals are available on site.

Mayne Island Mountain Top View

Sea Lions Wildlife - Mayne Island

Nature Sightseeing

Spot an eagle, orca, seal or magical sunset on one of our many hikes through the forest or shorelines. Mayne Islands’ Parks and Recreation’s annual pamphlet features many of the walks available right from your cabins at Blue Vista. Throughout the summer season, guides from Park Canada offer specialized chats about the shorelines and forests.
Mayne Island Conservancy also hosts various events throughout the year. See www.conservancyonmayne.com

Photography Lessons

Hone your photographic skills with Mayne’s own talented and gregarious photographer. Visit his gallery or sign up for some lessons while you are here! See www.tobysnelgrovephotography.com

Kayaking Sea Lions - Mayne Island - Blue Vista Resort

Mayne Island Shore Exploring

Picnics

Carry your hamper to a hidden hillside, beach or boat for a memorable day out. Locally grown and organic picnic supplies available at Farm Gate Store www.farmgatestore.com