St. John Point by Don Enright
Mayne Island is situated in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada, between Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island, and only a few minutes north of the maritime border between Canada and the U.S.A.
The other major islands in the group include Galiano, The Penders, Saturna and Salt Spring.
Mayne is served by the BC Ferries
“Southern Gulf Islands” route on which Village Bay is the second stop on the trip from Tsawwassen to Saltspring. The Gulf Island ports are also served by ferries out of Swartz Bay.
The full time resident population is around 1000 and the people count rises to three times this figure on a busy summer weekend. Fortunately, the vast majority of full and part time residents, and visitors, are respectful of the environment and the natural beauty of the island. Nonetheless, Mayne is distinguished among the island chain in having the least amount of land in public hands.
The Mayne Island Conservancy was founded
in order to advocate for the conservation and preservation, and promote the stewardship of Mayne Island’s diverse and sensitive ecological heritage.