As long ago as 3000 B.C. first nations people were fishing and living throughout a territory that we now refer to as the Salish Sea. Mayne Island is a part of this territory and at the southern entrance to Active Pass, lies Helen Point which has been cared for by the Tsartlip First Nations. It remains a significant place for the Tsartlip and for Mayne Island.
Apple orchards were flourishing before the turn of the century and the Mayne Island King Apple was among the first planted in B.C. Japanese settler’s followed the farming tradition and the tomato business flourished until the start of World War II when the Japanese were forced to internment camps. Dinner Bay Park with its recreational facilities and a new Japanese Garden is located on an old Japanese farm. This garden is dedicated to our early Japanese settlers.
Mayne Island is not only home to a long tradition of abundant farms, its surrounding waters offer world-class kayaking. Swimmers will appreciate the warm waters of Campbell and Piggott bays, and hikers will enjoy the trail to Campbell Point, overlooking Georgeson Island, and the interpretive trail at Henderson Park.