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

History:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humpys, Orcas, Stellars and California Sea Lions all in one afternoon

Every day is a unique adventure out on the Salish Sea but today’s trip stood out. We launched at Pedder Bay Marina in Metchosin to place us close to Race Rocks. As the California and Stellar Sea Lion bulls were entertaining us from their perches on the rock formations we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by a dozen or so of these mamoths swimming, diving and porpoising. Then the incredible happened. One of the stellars suddenly sprang out of the water not 40 feet from us with a huge salmon which it had just caught as it breached the surface. The salmon was squirming it the sea lion’s mouth. Just as quickly as the stellar had surfaced he dove again and repeated this motion 2 more times. All the while a dozen or so of his very excited mates were porpoising almost in unison as a group. In 12 years being out here on the ocean that was a first for me. This was just the begginning of our adventure. We had heard reports of 4 to 6 humpbacks in the general vicinity over the past week. As we networked with our colleagues we heard 6 transient orcas were nearby. We spent a bit of time enjoying the orcas before heading out in the direction of the shipping lanes where soon we spotted 4 humpbacks. They put on quite a show for us including some excellent tail flukes. The humpbacks were also very vocal. All this in the space of 4 hours on one of those special autumn days when the seas were calm and the sun was out.