If you’ve been for a walk recently on Edith Point you may have noticed a new sign at the entrance gate and then again along the trail. These signs indicate that visitors are entering an ecologically sensitive area owned and managed for conservation by the Nature Conservancy of Canada in partnership with the Mayne Island Conservancy.

The other important message on the signs is that it is walk-in access only. We ask that visitors to Edith Point please not ride bicycles of any kind on Edith Point. This is a conservation area (not a park) and public access is permitted only on foot to enjoy the natural surroundings. The trail is also shared with the Graves family, who continue to own a small private parcel of land surrounding their home at the end of the point. An easement along the centre trail allows them to access the private property, including their use of motorized vehicles.

Edith Point’s Ecological Significance

Protecting 87 acres of Edith Point was a rare opportunity to conserve one of the most ecologically significant undeveloped properties in the Southern Gulf Islands. Edith Point retains a thriving remnant of one of British Columbia’s most endangered ecosystems: a mature coastal Douglas-fir and arbutus forest. The Point’s over three kilometers of rocky shoreline also provide important feeding habitats for an abundance of bird species. Mayne Island has one of the lowest amounts of protected land in the Southern Gulf Islands, and conserving Edith Point puts an additional 1.6 per cent of Mayne Island into protected land. We are so grateful to the Graves family for dedicating themselves to protecting this exceptional property from development.

The Mayne Conservancy continues to partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada on the maintenance of Edith Point, and we will provide updates on any future work as it happens.

Land Conservation and Stewardship

This is one of the top priorities of the Mayne Conservancy, and last year we adopted the following Vision to guide our work until 2033:

The Conservancy will play a leadership role in protecting 30 percent of Mayne Island through land acquisitions, landholder agreements, partnerships, and mitigating the fallow deer problem.

If you are interested in supporting this Vision, please consider contributing to our Lands Protected in Perpetuity Fund (also called the CAMAS Fund) which is dedicated to future land acquisition and management. You can read more about this work at this link.


2 Comments

Louis Vallee · July 6, 2024 at 9:58 am

I’m absolutely trill to see Edit point getting the attention to conservation that it deserves.

    Rob Underhill · July 8, 2024 at 10:38 am

    Thanks Louis, we agree it’s a special place!

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