Park in BC (JF Bergeron photo)
Mayne Island's handful of parks are ideal for those seeking gentle-to-moderate leg stretches that nicely compliment the island's laidback, easygoing mood.
Pick up the annual parks and trail map produced by the Mayne Island Parks & Recreation Commission.
The island's unofficial motto is "tread lightly." A handbook of the same name published by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society asks park users to stick to the trails, keep dogs leashed, and resist the urge to pick such fragile flowers as chocolate lilies and ladyslipper orchids. Birdwatchers can expect to see Bald Eagles, Turkey Vultures, Oystercatchers, and Great Blue Herons, among 150-plus species in all.
Dinner Bay Park and the Japanese Memorial Garden
Dinner Bay Park at Mayne's southwestern corner is a small, family-oriented waterfront acreage on the site of a farm and orchard first developed by Japanese settlers. A putting green, kids' playground, and good picnic facilities make it a favourite spot for young and old alike.