MAYNE ISLAND TRIP
A fallow deer.
This species of animal, it's not exactly a deer, was introduced to the
island many years ago. They got loose and bred prolificly, to the point
where they are now a pest and being hunted to extinction. However, there
are a lot of them, one of the five licenced hunters on the island supposedly
shot 100 of them last year alone. The antlers grow into flat plates much
like a moose's but smaller, and the animals are larger than deer.
The Springwater Lodge and Miner's Bay.
The walk out to Campbell Point is simply lovely, and the view
when you get there is spectacular. Far across the Strait of Georgia
Mount Baker rises through the mists, arbutus trees drape themselves
across sculpted sandstone, the ocean surges and flows between the islets.
Car stop, Miner's Bay
Back to the 1970's, remember hitchhiking? It's alive and well on
Mayne Island. There are a number of Car Stops near major intersections,
and if you want a ride somewhere you can hang out there until someone
picks you up. In any case, if you're just walking along the road you'll
be asked by passing motorists if you need a lift.
Columbia Blacktail deer in front yard
Horton Bay dock
Campbell Bay music festival stages
I had no idea that there was a music festival on Mayne Island, let
alone that I would be there when it happened. My friends were going to
go, so I bought a ticket too. The whole thing is organized by the
Iredale family who own the farm it's held on, this was the seventh
annual event. They had two stages going for two days, with over 20 bands
and acts performing continuously for over 12 hours per day. It was
amazing. As well, performers from the festival also played at the local
restaurant, and played all day at the Farmer's Market in Miner's Bay.
Campbell Bay music festival crowd and amenities
Old lifeboat, Georgina Point
A morning walk to Georgina Point, a national heritage park and lighthouse.
It was a perfect day, sunny but cool and breezy. The tide was going out,
so I was able to wander around on the sandstone formations taking
Rocks, Georgina Point
Viewing chair, Georgina Point
Lighthouse, Georgina Point
Saturday farmer's market
The farmer's market was excellent. Not only was there live music playing
all the time, but the place was alive with summer visitors and garden
produce. All kinds of vegetables, baked goods, preserves,
jams and jellies, hot food, fruit skewers, cold drinks, artists and
Jim on the deck for a wet spill cleanup
Moon, planets, night ferry, Active Pass
View from Mount Parke
I did a morning hike up to the top of Mount Parke, the highest
point on the island. There are some good views to the south, west,
and north, but not to the east. The path wanders right along the
edge of a 500 foot high cliff, within a few feet at some places.
The area below the cliff is known as the Red Zone, where nothing
can be constructed, because occasionally a huge rock will fall off
the cliff and roll down into the forest below. Further away from the
cliff is the Yellow Zone, where people are allowed to build at their
Cliffside path at Mount Parke
Garter snake on the path
The Lonely Heartstring Band
We were invited to a private performance by this bluegrass band at
a heritage farm off Gallagher Bay Road. They were really good, and
it was a real pleasure to be able to hear them play in this