Mayne Island Public WiFi

This list was last updated in February 2014, so it’s time for a re-post.

Village Bay Ferry Terminal — This is a Shaw "Go WiFi" hotspot. Available to Shaw internet customers. Shaw internet customers can register their laptops, tablets or smart phones to connect automatically in any Shaw WiFi hotspot. More info available on Shaw's website.

Mayne Island Community Centre — 493 Felix Jack Road. Open public WiFi signal.

The Groove Restaurant — 454 Village Bay Road. Open WiFi signal available to anyone.

The Mayne Island Reading Centre (Library) — 411 Naylor Road, next to Miners Bay Park. Open public wi-fi signal.

Gulfport RealtyMayne Street Mall. Open public WiFi.

Shavasana Cafe — 457 Village Bay Road - free WiFi available for customers.

Agricultural Hall & Grounds — 430 Fernhill Road - open public WiFi signal.

Farm Gate Store — 568 Fernhill Road - free WiFi available for customers, ask for the password.

Fernhill Centre — 574 Fernhill Road - open public wifi available.

Bennett Bay Bistro — 494 Arbutus Drive - free WiFi available for customers.

If there were other WiFi hotspots that were overlooked, please email and this post will be updated.

post edited January 2016

Otters Swim Club Winter Registration: Fri Jan 8

Friday, January 8 is Registration Day and the first practice of our winter/spring season. Look for the neon green T-shirts with our club logo in the viewing area beside the pool at Panorama Rec Centre to sign up. Registration starts at 10 am, followed by deck warm ups and pool times between 11 am — 2 pm.

Our Winter/Spring Session practices are on Fridays, January 8 through April 29. (We have reduced lane practices in the main pool for home school members and masters swimmers on dates that School District 64 is in session, as well as optional practices during Spring Break.)

The Otters Swim Club welcomes members from all the Southern Gulf Islands and our swimmers range in age from 5 thru 75. Programs include: Learn to Swim, Developmental, Competitive and Masters. Our membership fees with special family rates make the Otters Swim Club the best deal around!

For registration forms and more information check out our website and contact us at or phone Helen Lemon-Moore on Pender Island (250) 629-2020 or Laara Jarvey on Mayne Island (250) 539-2205.

posted December 2015

Mayne Island Library Reading Challenge 2016

Continuing on the success of 2015's 'Reading Challenge’, Mayne Island Library has chosen a new book for the 2nd Annual Reading Challenge. This year we will be reading "Indian Horse", a fictional novel by Kamloops author, Richard Wagamese.

Copies of 'Indian Horse' can be purchased at cost at Miner's Bay Books. Also, more information will be in the January Library Notes section of the MayneLiner. Continue the journey and be part of 2016's Reading Challenge. The dates are between January 1st to June 21st. (National Aboriginal Day).

For further information please contact the Mayne Island Library or Judi Walker

posted December 2015

MILT's Calendar Girls Video-Fundraiser: Sat Jan 16

Did you miss out on seeing MILT's fall performance of Calendar Girls? Come on out and see the video version. Saturday, January 16. Showtime is 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm, at the Ag Hall.

This was a sold out event that left many smiling for days. Refreshments, goodies, silent and live auctions. Admission by donation — this is a fundraiser for the Meredyth James Fund. The Meredyth James Fund is a community fund in memory of Meredyth James, that provides short-term financial support to Mayne Islanders with a critical illness.

For further information please contact Glenda Goodman

posted December 2015

Sailors, Boaters, Kayakers Radio Course Jan 13, 20, 21

Boater’s Radio Course (Mayday Mayday Mayday).

Take advantage of this three-day course taught by Blair Smith. 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!

The Maritime Radio course is offered through the Canadian Power Squadron, and teaches emergency radio procedures, and everyday operating techniques.

Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS).
Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

Instructor: Blair Smith
Date: January 13 and 20 with a test on January 21
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Location: Church House
Cost: $100

Please register by December 31, so the course materials can be ordered. There is a maximum of 10 participants, so register early. Call or email to register or for further information: Bryan Westby (250-539-3412, or Cliff Kiyooka (250-539-3256, ).

posted December 2015

Christmas Eve Bonfire: Thu Dec 24

The 24th of December is fast approaching, which means the Christmas Eve Bonfire at Miner's Bay Park is almost here.

Come out to this event sponsored by the Mayne Island Community Chamber of Commerce for treats, cider or hot chocolate (please bring your own mug), and carol singing around the fire.

Please join us at 6:30 on the 24th for joy, camaraderie, and fun!

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill

posted December 2015

5th Annual Christmas Light Parade: Sun Dec 20

Yes, the Parade IS on!

Dress up your truck, car, horse, tractor, motorcycle, bicycle or sleigh with bright colourful lights & decorations! All motorized vehicles and two or four legged creatures are welcome to join the parade, which starts at 5:30 pm on Sunday, December 20th.

We’ll be assembling along Fernhill Road, at the Home Hardware prior to the starting time. The parade will proceed on Fernhill to Bennett Bay and then back up to Miners Bay.

For further information please contact John Griffin (250) 539-0887.

posted December 2015

BC Ferries Survey Deadline: Mon Dec 14

There is still time to make your thoughts known regarding the proposed new ferry schedules for Routes 9 (Tsawwassen/Gulf Islands and 5 (Swartz Bay/Gulf Islands). The new schedules and survey are available at the BC Ferries web site until Monday December 14th.

The revised schedules more closely resemble the current schedules than what was presented last August.

But two areas of concern are immediately apparent for the winter Tsawwassen to Village Bay route: the potential for an overload situation on Friday nights to the Gulf Islands and Sunday nights returning with a new 145 vehicle capacity ferry replacing the Queen of Nanaimo (192 vehicle capacity).

If you haven’t already done so, please have a look at the schedules and complete the survey.

Additional comments about the schedule (that are not covered by the survey) can be sent to with copies to Mark Collins, Vice President at and the Mayne Island Ferry Advisory Committee members Diana King (, David Maude ( and Mike Sywulych (

For further information please contact Diana King

posted December 2015

Humanists on Mayne: Thu Dec 17

You are invited to Mayne Island's new Secular Humanist group's meeting and discussion: 2 pm Thursday December 17 at 514 Felix Jack Road.

Secular humanism values reason, ethics and science as ways to gain knowledge and solve problems. Secular humanists emphasize the importance of human rights such as gender equality and dying with dignity. If this resonates with you, or you'd like to learn more, join us. Refreshments to follow.

For further information please contact Neena Hasel or Anita Bates

posted December 2015

Wassail: Mon Dec 21

Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away! Music from several traditions including poetry, stories and audience participation carolling. With Stephen Cropper, Elisabeth Jahren, Sara Partridge, Lael Whitehead, plus Chris Redsell and a special guest.

Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm). At St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Tickets: $20 (including beverage and goodies) available at Farm Gate Store or The Trading Post.

For further information please contact Stephen (250) 539-2206.

posted December 2015