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.