Historic Mayne Island is a quiet, pastoral, and unspoiled refuge at the outer edge of the southern Gulf Islands.
Thousands of ferry passengers soak up views of Mayne Island's lighthouse and forested shoreline as boats steam through the turbulent waters of Active Pass, the southern maritime gateway between Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
Only a tiny percentage of these travellers ever set foot on Mayne Island. As a result this island of around 1,100 full-time residents is uncrowded and serene even on summer weekends. Off-season is still quieter here as the locals cocoon and vacationing urbanites enjoy a break from their hectic routines.
Kayaking, boating, swimming, and other water activities are top draws for active types during the spring, summer, and fall. Cycling enthusiasts with strong legs embark on day-long circumnavigations of the island, riding down and up well-paved roads lined with century-old farms and forested tracts of land.