AMIB Boating and Kayakers Courses

This year’s courses are:
1. Boater’s Radio Course - January 28 (7-9) and 29 (10-4).
This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam. The certificate is good for your lifetime. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law! Cost $100.

2. Reading Marine Charts - February 15 and 22.
Charts describe not only where the water is but also the characteristics of the waterway and seabed. They show the shape of the coast, location of islands and hazards, navigation markers, warnings of hazards, the height of bridges and other obstructions, and offer much more additional information.

3. Tides and Currents - March 15 and 22.
A sound understanding of tides and currents is the most important aspect of boating in the Gulf Islands. This course gives boaters the confidence to enjoy a safe and efficient passage wherever they are cruising or kayaking.

4. Weather - April 12 and 19.
This course gives a description of weather on BC’s coast, a familiarization with weather systems and terminology, an understanding of Marine weather forecasts, describes where to obtain good weather information at home and on the water.

Please indicate, by email or phone call, your interest in the following courses, which will again be taught by Blair Smith. The location for all courses will be at the Mayne Island Library Community Room. The time for all courses will be from 7 - 9 pm (except for the second day of the Radio Course which will be from 10 am - 4 pm and will end with a test).

All courses except the Radio Course will be free to AMIB members and to others who are interested if they become members ($10 per year). All courses consist of two days of instruction and are only offered once per year.

Contact Bryan Westby (250-539-3412,, Cliff Kiyooka (250-539-3256, or Diane Gutiw (250-539-5995, to register. For further information please contact Bryan Westby

posted January 2017

NFB Movie Night: Things Arab Men Say: Fri Jan 27

Friday, January 27, 7:30 pm

The Library Program Committee is happy to present this engaging documentary, introducing us to Jay, Ghassan, Faisal, Adnan, Falah, Bashar and and Ramey, who spend an afternoon in a barber shop discussing work, family, politics, and religion while getting haircuts and a shave. We begin to understand the challenges these men face and the delicate balance between integrating into Canadian life and preserving their identity and culture.

Admission by donation free popcorn. For further information please contact David Chase:

posted January 2017

Mayne Library's Grand Re-Opening: Sat Jan 21

You are invited to Mayne Island Library's Grand Re-Opening to celebrate our beautiful renovated library. Come for the ribbon-cutting, refreshments and prizes!

January 21, 2017 from 3 - 4:30 pm at the gorgeous Mayne Island Library. See you there!

For further information please contact Eleanor

posted January 2017

Nature Photo Workshop: Sat Jan 21

Come join other amateur nature photographers for a fun afternoon of learning and photo taking. Learn some tips and skills for taking amazing nature photos from a panel of local experts; including Mayne Island's very own Toby Snelgrove. All experience and equipment levels welcome!

Our panel of local experts will provide a series of short presentations before we go outside together to Miner's Bay Park and Beach to take photos. Admission by donation. Everyone is welcome, see you at the Ag Hall at 1 pm on Saturday, January 21st!

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted January 2017

Robbie Burns Night Supper: Sat Jan 28

Celebrate Scotland's Bard on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at the Agricultural Hall. This is a Potluck Feast with piper, haggis, speeches and toasts followed by dancing to live Scottish Music. Bring a dish to share (It is PotLuck) and BYOB. And we will provide the Haggis.

Doors open at 5:30 and dinner starts at 6:00 pm sharp.

Advance tickets only are available at the Trading Post. Tickets $15.00. You don't have to be Scottish to enjoy Burns Night. For further information please contact Brian or Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027.

posted January 2017

A Chance to Be Published in Showcase

Showcase is a non-profit, community arts, culture and lifestyle publication that strives to enhance inter-island economic development through the arts. The pilot project in 2016 was well received and we have been asked to go again.

We are accepting content submissions: photographs, short articles, inspired prose, quaint stories or interesting facts. Here's your chance to “showcase” your talent or your special event. Submissions should be in by January 31st.

We also need financial support through advertising and content sponsorship. Content space is very expensive but we will make every effort to include special event listings for non-profits and have discounted advertising rates for non-profit.

Showcase had broad distribution and has a long shelf life.

For more information about submissions, advertising rates or distribution please contact Wendy Like our Facebook page

posted January 2017

January 2017 Ferry Facts Update

BC Ferries continues to experience increased traffic year to date on most routes. Compared to last year, the total system vehicle and passenger traffic was up 4.6% and 3.3% respectively. Overall, Route 5 was up 3.4% for both vehicles and passengers with traffic to and from Mayne Island at 4.0% and 2.4% respectively. Route 9 traffic was up 6.8% and 5.0% for vehicles and passengers travelling to and from the Southern Gulf Islands. However, for some unknown reason Mayne Island traffic only increased a disappointing 3.9% and 2.2% for vehicles and passengers respectively. Note the BC Ferry year is from April 1 to March 31.

The Skeena Queen will be taken out of service for a refit from January 3 to February 8. The Bowen Queen is scheduled as the replacement vessel. However, the Queen of Cumberland may be used for certain peak traffic sailings on route 4 resulting in the Bowen Queen moving to route 5 during those times.

At the November meeting, the FAC requested a commercial fare freeze on route 5, providing it can be done by adding a nickel onto passenger fares as is now done. This freeze at $3.20/foot has been in place since 2009, providing substantial savings for Island businesses which translates into lower costs for Island residents.

The inter-island fare initiative is on hold as the BC Ferries Fare Team is now focused on the Flex Fare Project with a completion date of 2018. Although we are on the back burner, we’ve not been forgotten. We are disappointed since we had expected this to have been resolved sooner than later.

Although the new ferries (Salish Raven and Salish Eagle) will be wired for wi-fi, it won’t be provided initially due to existing problems with signal strength and service reliability.

The local Ferry Committee advises BC Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (, Diana King ( and Mike Sywulych (250) 539-5274 ( Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych

posted January 2017

Merry Christmas from MayneNews

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy 2017!

MayneNews will be on a short hiatus for the holidays. The next email announcement and blog posting available to go out will be for Tuesday Jan 3rd. If you want an announcement to go out on that day or on Thursday Jan. 5th, please send your submission prior to December 31st. Online submission form.

 Thank you to everyone in our great little community and we'll see you next year.

Jim T.

posted December 2016

Japanese Garden Christmas Light Up

Photo by Toby Snelgrove
Bring family and friends to see the annual, magical display of lights at the Japanese Gardens, Dinner Bay.

We are open every night from 5 - 7 pm from Saturday December 17th, up to and including, Sunday January 1st. Closed Christmas Eve.

Volunteers have worked hard to adorn the gardens with thousands of lights and ornaments to make this a special experience. Donations happily accepted for future lights!

For further information please contact Ingrid

posted December 2016

Santa Ship & Christmas Bingo: Sat Dec 10

This coming Saturday will see the return of the annual Lions Club Santa Ship. Santa and his crew will be arriving at the Miners Bay dock at approximately 2:30 pm. He and his merry elves will then proceed to the Ag Hall for photos with Santa and gifts for the kids.

Also at the Ag Hall that evening is the Christmas Turkey Bingo Night. Doors open at 7 pm and games start at 7:30. Come out and support this worthy activity and win a turkey! See you there.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

posted December 2016