Mayne Island is 12 square kilometres and has about 900 permanent residents (including Raffi), which grows on weekends as mainlanders visit their cottages. It is named by Captain Richards for Richard Mayne, his lieutenant on H.M.S. Plumper. Its BC Ferries terminal is at Village Bay, with several buildings dating back as far as the 1800s. Miners Bay, overlooking Active Pass is the island’s commercial centre. Miners Bay boomed in 1858 after gold was discovered on the Fraser River, and was a half-way stop for those rowing across from Vancouver Island to the Mainland. Archaelogical excavations also uncovered evidence of 5,000 years of aboriginal settlement in the area.
The island has three pubs, of which the one in Springwater Lodge dates back to the 1890s and is the oldest one in the province. There’s lots of wildlife both on land and in the air, and there are 250 species of wildflowers. There’s no movie theatre, but you can rent videos on the island. Keep in mind the last ferry leaves at 7 pm, or you’ll be spending the night.
The island has a number of attractions. The Mayne Island Museum, in a building build in 1896 as the Plumper Pass Lockup, displays a number of local artifacts. St Mary Magdalene Church, which overlooks Miners Bay, was built in 1896 amongst arbutus and fir trees. The Active Pass Light Station was built in 1885 on Georgina Point. Mount Parke Regional Park has trails up to the top of the 255 metre peak, the highest point on the island.