Mayne Island Tour

Birds of a Feather’s Zodiac Medline III based in Victoria is available for private charter transport (water taxi) to and from Mayne Island. We are also available for marine eco-tour charters, or simply boating the west coast.

The Active Pass Light Station, also known as Georgina Point Light Station, is a familiar landmark for ferry travellers between Vancouver Island and the mainland.

Mayne Island Tour:

Mayne Island holds a charming mix of warm pebble beaches, pastoral farmland and quaint historical villages. 

This charter includes a coastal journey of Mayne Island followed by a visit to Miners Bay, the historical harbour village which plays capital to this Gulf Island.   Here you will find cafes, art galleries, and much more.  Some of the destinations you will find here include the following:

  • Red Chair Studio
  • The Treefrog Gallery
  • Mayne Island Museum

With it’s wealth of local history and natural beauty, Mayne Island has become home to many local artists and artisans.  In addition to the numerous local galleries found in Miners Bay, many of these talented individuals also invite Studio Tours during the summer months.

 The ’Ag’ Hall:

The Agricultural Hall hosts the oldest Fall Fair in the Gulf Islands.

Saturdays from June 27 to October 10: The Farmers Market at the Agricultural Hall grounds on Fernhill Road is open every Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00 pm


Mayne Island sits to the south of Active Pass, the major traffic route for vessels travelling thru the islands to Vancouver Island.

Due to its location as a halfway point between Vancouver Island and the Fraser River, Mayne Island became a resting point for the enthusiastic prospecters travelling to the Cariboo Gold Rush in 1858.  Arriving in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, many would row across to the mainland, pausing for rest in what became know as Miner’s Bay. 

The harbour soon became the social and commercial center to the Gulf Island community and Miner’s Bay has continued as the heart of Mayne Island.  There is a second harbour on the island, Village Bay, which plays host to the BC Ferries terminal that links Mayne Island to Vancouver Island. and the mainland.

The Mayne Island Museum is housed in a jail built in 1896, known as the Plumper Pass Lockup, displaying island artifacts that include a number of artifacts from the oldest wreck in the Gulf Islands.

The Mayne Island charter is a unique way to explore the unlimited beauty offered by the southern Gulf Islands, and a great way to discover this quaint island community. The length of this tour is entirely up to you.









Whales, tall ship wreck and oceanside vineyards

the Crowther Family Boating Journal: Our Alaska cruise pulled in to Vancouver just after 7:30 am and by 11:30 we met up with Dieter. Our flight back home to Australia left the next day. With Dieter’s planning advice it all went like clockwork. We flew in to Ganges from the Vancouver harbour on a float plane with Salt Spring Island Air where Dieter met us. After enjoying an excellent lunch on Salt Spring we headed south through the Gulf Islands and stopped at the Saturna Island Vineyards to sample their wines and bought a few bottles. This oceanside vineyard reminded us of those back home in southern Australia near Melbourne. We also saw a tall ship wrecked on a reef near there. We passed through the San Juans where we spent an hour or so watching a super pod of Orcas. A large male breached completely out of the water just a few hundred yards from the boat. This is an experience we will never forget and recommend to anyone who loves the ocean and wildlife. Dieter dropped us off in Victoria right next to the West Coast Air float plane docks at 5:30 pm. By 7:00 pm we were back in our hotel in Vancouver! What a perfect day. This was the icing on our perfect week to the west coast. Thank you "Birds of a Feather". Next time we’ll be back to stay at your B&B in Victoria.