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A Quiet Retreat on Mayne Island: The Blue Vista Resort

The quiet beauty of Mayne Island, located in the Strait of Georgia on Active Pass, has always been a great attraction to my writer’s group, the Scribblers, and last weekend, after a couple of years absence, we eagerly returned to the island and the resort where we have always stayed. With the warm welcome we received from the new owners, it was a real ‘homecoming’. The Blue Vista Resort is situated among towering firs with a glimpse of the ocean. Deer often come to visit.  You can relax on the porch serenaded by the trilling of birds or at night, hunker down around a blazing fireplace.

The new owners, Carmen and Andrew Pearson welcome groups like ours, as well as families or couples looking for a quiet weekend away from the stress of the city. The resort has undergone some renovations since we first started visiting there in 1991.  The manicured landscaping and new children’s play area give it a real homey atmosphere.  The accommodations are  comfortable and affordable making it a perfect place to spend a weekend with friends or family.

Carmen says, “We realized there wasn’t much for kids, so my husband and I spent some hours assembling the new playground equipment.”  There are also propane barbecues, picnic tables, lounge chairs and sun umbrellas set out on the spacious front lawn.

Besides the cute little individual studio cottages, there are cozy one and two bedroom suites.  All have fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms and there are fireplaces with some complimentary firewood.  Some of the units are pet friendly.  You can also ask for cable TV and WiFi and some DVD players are available for rent. Smoking is not permitted in the cottages.

The Blue Vista Resort is not right on the water, but there is nearby beach access for canoe/kayak launching and it’s about a 3/4 hour walk to one of the islands best sandy beaches at Campbell Point.  There’s a yoga studio just down the road, and you can even book massages with a therapist who works out of the island health centre. (meadowdove@gmail.com for reservations).  are also available as well as sea kayaking.

The owners look forward to welcoming retreats such as our writers and currently some specialized retreats are being organized for photography, bird watching, mushrooming and women’s wellness. Corporate and group meetings can also be organized with local meetings centres and caterers.

Mayne Island, located in the Gulf Island group just off the coast of Vancouver Island, is a peaceful place to spend a weekend.  There’s lots to see and do:  take walks, cycle, kayak, hike, visit artist galleries and don’t miss a tour of the beautiful Japanese Gardens.  The Island has nine square miles of winding roads and there’s not much traffic so it’s a great place for walking or cycling.  To get around the island, however, you’ll need a car.

Getting There:

BC Ferries from Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver, has limited sailing to Mayne Island.  Car reservations are advised and reserved tickets must be claimed at ticket booths at least 40 minutes in advance of sailing.  Reservations: 888-BC-FERRY or BC Ferries website

Blue Vista Resort (map)563 Arbutus Drive, Mayne Island BC.  Telephone: 1-877-535-2424 or 1-250-539-2463

(visit the website and download the google map for direction)

For 2010 Cottage Rates see the website

Photo credit:  W. Ruth Kozak

Tags: Family Friendly, featuredarticle, Hotels & Places to Stay, Outdoors & Recreation

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