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

Honour A Life At The Japanese Garden: Fri Dec 9

The holidays are time of wonder, but they can also be a time of challenge. For those of us who grieve the loss of loved ones or pets in our lives, a time of reflection and commemoration can bring a sense of peace into the holiday season.

The Board of the Mayne Island Assisted Living Society would like to invite the community to join us in our fifth annual Honour a Life event.

Please join us on Friday, December 9th at 4:30 pm at the Japanese Gardens. For those who would like to participate, we will provide mementos that you can personalize and hang on a tree. There will be refreshments.

For further information please contact May McKenzie

posted December 2016

Wassail: Dec 21 - Dec 22

“Wassail”. Music to Drive the Cold Winter Away! With Stephen Cropper, Elisabeth Jahren, Sara Partridge, and Lael Whitehead.

Music from several traditions including poetry, stories and audience participation carolling.

Come a-wassailing to the Church House at intermission for complimentary beverage and goodies! Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm), and Thursday, December 22, 2016, 2 pm (doors open at 1:30 pm), St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island.

Tickets: $20 at Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware, and Happy Tides. For further information please contact Stephen Cropper (250) 539-2206.

Illustration by Julia Iredale

posted December 2016

Ferry Facts December Update

The Southern Gulf Islands Ferry Advisory Committee had an informative and productive meeting with representatives from BC Ferries on November 15th.

A number of topics were discussed, including an update on the progress of the new vessels. The Salish Orca has left Poland and the sea trials have gone very well with speeds exceeding expectations. The journey will take 55 days and the Orca is expected to arrive by year end. An additional two months for training and inspections will be required before the Orca will replace the Queen of Burnaby on the Comox/Powell River route.

BC Ferries officials are optimistic that the Salish Eagle and the Salish Raven are on schedule and will meet the May 1st, 2017 date for replacing the Queen of Nanaimo. By the end of January, we will know if there will be any delay. If only one new ferry is available, the new schedule will go into effect May 1st as planned with the Queen of Nanaimo serving as the second ferry. If both new vessels are delayed, the Queen of Nanaimo will continue to provide service using the 2016 shoulder season schedule. The new ferries will be operating on LNG but will also have the ability to use diesel fuel if necessary. As with any new technology, there may be some glitches early on.

A reminder that the 50% fare reduction on all routes for selected sailings is in effect until December 18th. For details, go to, click on promotions and then click on the selected route.

The passenger reservation initiative has been very successful and will be continued. The FAC requested an increase in the number of passenger reservations allowed on route 9, and asked for improved communications regarding travel options and the ability to reserve on-line. A reminder that if you have a passenger reservation departing Tsawwassen, you must go through the ticketing agent and not use the machines.

The through fare option from Tsawwassen to the Gulf Islands has been very well received. BC Ferries has been asked to now consider implementing the same process for Islanders travelling to Tsawwassen via Swartz Bay.

BC Ferries has talked with the vendor regarding the ongoing problems with the coffee machine on the Mayne Queen, with no resolution. Due to physical obstacles, the existing machine cannot be removed and replaced until the ferry goes in for a refit in 2018. It was suggested that the vendor’s contact information be placed on the machine so customers can call directly.

Late Tuesday December 13th, the Queen of Cumberland will be taken out of service in order for one of the control systems to be replaced. The project is expected to take one day or less. The Bowen Queen will be the replacement vessel.

The local Ferry Committee advises B C 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 December 2016

Surprise! Sat Dec 3

The Mayne Island Conservancy has something thrilling to share with you on Saturday December 3, 2016, 2 pm at the Community Centre.

Please join us for cider, cake and find out about the surprise!

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

posted December 2016