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  • Mayne Island is a quiet island in 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 even quieter.

    Miners Bay was the first point of European settlement and today remains the no-stoplight island’s business and cultural centre. The circa 1900 Agricultural Hall (site of the Saturday morning market in the summer) and jail (now the island’s museum) are here alongside a coffeeshop, health food store and grocery outlet.

    The Gulf Islands benefit from the rain shadow affect also in the area of sunshine, with more than 2000 hours of sunshine annually. Winter temperatures are usually mild, except when cold, arctic air funnels (outflow winds) down the coastal inlets from the interior and lowers temperatures.

    INDUSTRY:
    Tourism, organic farming, arts & culture


    • Population

      Town Population: 1,071 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: South Vancouver Island

      Regional District: Gulf Islands

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: B

      RRP Points: 15.50


    • Practitioners

      General practitioner: 1 (www.cpsbc.ca)



    • Clinic

      Mayne Island Clinic

      526 Felix-Jack Road

      Mayne Island, BC, V0N 2J2

      P: 250 539-2312

      Hrs: Tues 7:45 am-10 am


    • Ambulance

      BC Emergency Health Services provides service to this community.


    • Lab Services

      Mayne Island Clinic

      526 Felix-Jack Road

      Mayne Island, BC, V0N 2J2

      P: 250 539-2312

      Hrs: Tues 7:45 am-10 am


    • Home Nursing

      Mayne Island Clinic

      526 Felix-Jack Road

      Mayne Island, BC, V0N 2J2

      P: 250 539-2312

      Hrs: Tues 7:45 am-10 am


    • Physiotherapy

      Mayne Island Clinic

      526 Felix-Jack Road

      Mayne Island, BC, V0N 2J2

      P: 250 539-2312

      Hrs: Tues 7:45 am-10 am


    • Occupational therapy

      Mayne Island Clinic

      526 Felix-Jack Road

      Mayne Island, BC, V0N 2J2

      P: 250 539-2312

      Hrs: Tues 7:45 am-10 am


  • Car, bike, or foot are the best options when travelling on Mayne itself. While there is no public transit or taxi service on the island, the community initiated a car stop program that sees friendly locals carpooling at 25 designated spots around the island.

    Airlines
    Seair Seaplanes has regular flights from Vancouver International Airport. Harbour Air Seaplanes offers charter service from Victoria and downtown Vancouver or Vancouver Airport. Pat Bay Air provides charter service to and from Victoria Airport to Mayne Island.

    Ferry Schedules
    There are daily ferries to Mayne Island from Schwartz Bay (Victoria) and from Tsawassen (Vancouver). Visit the BC Ferries web site for a current ferry schedule.

  • The Mayne Island Community Chamber of Commerce provides valuable information about the community, relocation and local businesses. Visit their website here.

    Banking
    Currently Mayne Island does not have any financial services available but has ATM’s situated in local businesses.

    Schools
    Mayne Island is in Gulf Islands School District #64.

    Mayne Island School (K-12, 61 Students)
    535 Fernhill Road
    Mayne Island, BC, V0N 2J0
    P: 250 539-2371 | F: 250 539-2325
    http://sd64.bc.ca/mayne-school/

    Visitor Center
    Mayne Island has visitors information available at the local grocers and post office up from the BC Ferries dock.

  • Mayne Island is a very laid back community that focuses on nature, wildlife and relaxing. It is not a community of outdoorsman and competition.

    Sea kayaking, deer and whale watching, meditation and hiking are popular with residents and visitors.

    Mayneliner Artists host annual art shows, studio tours and music performances.