Time  4 hours 43 minutes

Coordinates 2200

Uploaded June 23, 2018

Recorded June 2018

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15.94 mi

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near Mayne, British Columbia (Canada)

Hilly Mayne Island is rated difficult despite the short total course length. It's bicycle friendly, mostly paved two-lane rural roads without marked shoulders, and very light traffic except at ferry arrival times. A large (approx 35) well organised elementary school group bicycled from the ferry to the lighthouse and back on the day. The frequent rolling hills have maximum grade sections, and most climbs are shorter than 150 m distance. Roads are often windy and heavily shaded by trees, so it's better to keep a rear bicycle light on in daytime.

Recorded on Thursday June 21, 2018. Access is by BC Ferries departing Tsawwassen Terminal for Village Bay at 10:10 AM. the latest return from Village Bay was 5:10 PM. There was a day car parking fee of $16 at Tsawwassen. On Mondays to Thursdays BC seniors (+65) with bicycle pay only $2 each way (BC ID required).

There is alternate ferry access from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island.
Picnic tables, Island culture - Do Talk to Strangers
  • Photo of Village Bay Ferry Terminal - take away food shack
small meals, ice cream, coffee, etc.
  • Photo of View over Dinner Bay, looking towards north-west
  • Photo of View over Dinner Bay, looking towards north-west
Dinner Bay Community Park: a large grassy park with sports facilities, picnic area, views over the water
  • Photo of Central Japanese Garden
  • Photo of Central Japanese Garden
  • Photo of Central Japanese Garden
  • Photo of Central Japanese Garden
  • Photo of Central Japanese Garden
  • Photo of Central Japanese Garden
Those who know Japan might forget where they are. On the day the suspended gong was mystically connected to a similar one in Kinugawa-onsen.
  • Photo of Entrance to Japanese Garden
  • Photo of Entrance to Japanese Garden
  • Photo of Entrance to Japanese Garden
Bicycle racks here
  • Photo of Rustic Pub and Bistro
  • Photo of Rustic Pub and Bistro
  • Photo of Rustic Pub and Bistro
  • Photo of Rustic Pub and Bistro
  • Photo of Rustic Pub and Bistro
Outdoor patio seating faces NW - overlooking Active Pass. "Mayne Island Brewery" offerings are available, among many others. Pool Table.
  • Photo of Government Dock
  • Photo of Government Dock
  • Photo of Government Dock
  • Photo of Government Dock
Sailors welcome to overnight for a per diem fee.
  • Photo of View of Miners Bay
On approach road east of the gov't dock
  • Photo of Lighthouse
  • Photo of Lighthouse
  • Photo of Lighthouse
Historic marine infrastructure at the eastern approach to Active Pass
  • Photo of Keepers House
  • Photo of Keepers House
  • Photo of Keepers House
  • Photo of Keepers House
Original lighthouse keepers accommodation.
  • Photo of Gate to Lighthouse Park
  • Photo of Gate to Lighthouse Park
  • Photo of Gate to Lighthouse Park
  • Photo of Gate to Lighthouse Park
  • Photo of Gate to Lighthouse Park
  • Photo of Gate to Lighthouse Park
Bicycle racks. Gulf Islands Park site.
  • Photo of View of Georgeson Island
  • Photo of View of Georgeson Island
  • Photo of View of Georgeson Island
  • Photo of View of Georgeson Island
Part of the Gulf Islands Parks. Rare wren sighting in arbutus tree above tall yellow grass.
  • Photo of south view
  • Photo of south view
  • Photo of Campbell Point Trail
  • Photo of Campbell Point Trail
  • Photo of Campbell Point Trail
The trail is posted "no bicycles", and there are rock, root and protruding obstacles that are hazards for bicycling. Walking to the end is highly recommended. No One Else was seen along this trail on the day, despite the perfect summer weather.
  • Photo of Bistro and Resort
This appears to be a promising location for a long gourmet lunch with wine and an ocean view. Others may prefer a homemade burrito or samosa at local grocer along the road towards Miners Bay.
  • Photo of Book Shop, Grocery, & Deli
  • Photo of Book Shop, Grocery, & Deli
  • Photo of Book Shop, Grocery, & Deli
One fresh-made beef burrito here was sufficient gnosh for the entire days' cycling. The lady tending bookshop was a pleasure to chat with, some unique and interesting books on offer. Billboards give a snapshot of Island life.
  • Photo of totem pole at the crossroads
  • Photo of totem pole at the crossroads
Should we assume it's an example of modern Coast Salish Peoples' art?
  • Photo of Road Conditions
Typical island roads, up and down, paved, little or no traffic, no marked shoulders.
  • Photo of View over Terminal
There is a short steep uphill from the ferry, typical of the hilly roads on Mayne Island.
  • Photo of Village Bay Ferry Dock
  • Photo of Village Bay Ferry Dock
Disembarking on the Island.
  • Photo of View of Miners Bay
From the Ferry in Active Pass
  • Photo of View of lighthouse
From the Ferry in Active Pass
  • Photo of At Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal - Departure for Village Bay
  • Photo of At Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal - Departure for Village Bay
Berth #2, the change to island culture is felt upon boarding the ferry. Open to approaches from strangers for dialogue, making unexpected new friends.
  • Photo of Crows
  • Photo of Crows
  • Photo of Crows
Near the Starbucks in Tsawwassen Terminal "Mall", arrived early for ferry to Mayne Island. Other Gulf Island bikers with unique bike styles congregated here for coffee.

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