D8 AC­TIVE PASS

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Collinson Reef – The ferry Queen of Al­berni ran aground here in the sum­mer of 1979. The reef is marked by a green light. Ge­orge­son Bay – Named after one of the is­land’s pi­o­neer­ing fam­i­lies, the Ge­orgesons. The Galiano Bluffs Park pro­vides a great view of Ac­tive Pass and the sur­round­ing is­lands. Mathews Point (east) was named after an English fam­ily in 1905. He­len Point, on Mayne Is­land across the bay, was oc­cu­pied by First Na­tions more than 5,000 years ago. The point was named for He­len Mckay, the wife of Joseph Mckay, a Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany’s chief trader for a pe­riod in the mid 1800’s.

Ac­tive Pass – Named in 1855 after the first ves­sel to make use of this pass: “The Ac­tive.” The busiest water­way in the Gulf Is­lands, it is also one of the best salmon fish­ing spots. Ac­tive Pass boasts the high­est vol­ume of wa­ter flow of any Gulf Is­land chan­nel; as much as 750,000 cu­bic me­ters of wa­ter per minute can flow through. Tide floods to­ward Ge­orgina Point and ebbs to­ward He­len Point, runs up to eight knots. Mary Anne Point is marked with a light.

Miner’s Bay – Named by min­ers who ca­noed from Vic­to­ria to the Fraser River when gold fever struck in 1858-59 dur­ing the Bark­erville gold rush. Fuel up at the pub­lic dock, but there is se­ri­ous wash from fer­ries.

Stur­dies Bay – A B.C. ferry dock, a small pub­lic wharf, shops, a restau­rant and shop­ping. Bur­rill Point was named after Fred­er­ick and Joseph Bur­rill from York­shire who ranched for sev­eral years near this point. Bell­house Park on Bur­rill Point was given to the prov­ince in 1964 by Mr. L.T. Bell­house.

Whaler Bay – Named after the whal­ing boats that used to an­chor here. There is a pub­lic float which af­fords good all-weather shel­ter. There is no pub­lic wharf on the west side of Gos­sip Is­land. Murch­e­son Cove was named after Mary and Fin­lay Murch­e­son. The cove dries com­pletely at low tide.

Gos­sip Is­land – A small bay on the south­east cor­ner. Watch for seals sun­ning them­selves on the south­east­ern tip.

Sala­manca Point – Named in 1905 after Lieu­tenant Se­cundino Sala­manca who helped ex­plore and sur­vey the chan­nels be­tween Van­cou­ver Is­land and the main­land in 1792. East is Lion Islet guard­ing the en­trance to Whaler Bay. Stay east of the islet.

Galiano Is­land – 14 nau­ti­cal miles long, Galiano was named after the Span­ish ex­plorer Dion­i­sio Al­cala Y. Galiano dis­cov­ered the Gulf Is­lands in 1792 aboard the schooner Su­til. It is the sun­ni­est of the Gulf Is­lands.

10. Ge­orgina Point –One of the new­est ad­di­tions to the Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve—sits at the en­trance to Ac­tive Pass. This pop­u­lar day-use area, long man­aged by the Mayne Is­land Parks and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion, pro­vides spec­tac­u­lar views across the Strait of Ge­or­gia. It is one of the is­land’s most trea­sured her­itage places. Named for Ge­orgina Mary Sey­mour, daugh­ter of Sir Ge­orge Cran­field Berke­ley. The first light­house was cared for by Henry Ge­orge­son in 1855. Ge­orgina Shoals (east) is one of the best sites for ex­pe­ri­enced scuba divers as there is lots of aquatic ac­tiv­ity. Maude Bay on the west side was named after Com­man­der Eus­tace Maude.

11. Mayne Is­land – Mayne Is­land’s 21 square kilo­me­tres are home to about 900 peo­ple. The com­mu­nity has many ser­vices, in­clud­ing gro­cery stores, restau­rants and pubs, a liquor out­let, ser­vice sta­tion, govern­ment docks, a bak­ery, deli and small art gal­leries. The is­land is also well known for its bird watch­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and marine mam­mals can read­ily be seen off-shore. Cy­cling and kayak­ing are pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties for vis­i­tors. An ac­tive Parks and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion is work­ing with Parks Canada on an ex­panded trail sys­tem, en­hanc­ing their com­mu­nity parks, and de­vel­op­ing and main­tain­ing sev­eral her­itage sites—such as Ge­orgina Point Light­house and the Ja­panese Gar­den. Vis­i­tors are ad­vised to make ar­range­ments in ad­vance for their ac­com­mo­da­tions. There are inns, bed and break­fasts, cot­tages and camp­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

12. David Cove – A small paved pub­lic boat launch. The three-masted bar­que, the “Ze­phyr,” sank here in 1872.

13. Camp­bell Bay – Named for Dr. Samuel Camp­bell, as­sis­tant sur­geon on the HMS Plumper. Good shel­tered an­chor­age from north winds and a sandy beach at the head that you can dinghy to. Edith Point was named for the daugh­ter of Chief Jus­tice Cameron.

14. Ben­nett Bay – Watch for rip when en­ter­ing be­tween Ge­orge­son Is­land and Mayne Is­land. Not much shel­ter from south­east­erly winds. Ge­orge­son Is­land has been af­forded the high­est level of pro­tec­tion by Parks Canada there­fore it is au­tho­rized ac­cess only. Part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve, the Camp­bell Point penin­sula features a walk­ing trail through ma­ture for­est to su­perb views of nearby Ge­orge­son Is­land.

15. Hor­ton Bay – Named after Robert John Hor­ton in 1862. He worked for the HBC and helped the sur­vey­ing of­fi­cers in the re­gion. Pub­lic wharf, small boat launch and pay phone. Curlew Is­land has pea­cocks on it. Ge­orge­son Pas­sage has tides and cur­rents that run up to 5 knots.

16. Con­coni Reef – Hon­ors Thomas David Con­coni, the pay­mas­ter in the HMS Py­lades from 1859-60. Pig­gott Bay of­fers tem­po­rary an­chor­age. Watch for winds blow­ing up Plumper Sound.

17. Vil­lage Bay – The only ferry ter­mi­nal for Mayne. There is a boat launch at the head of the bay. South is Din­ner Bay with a com­mu­nity park, wash­rooms, show­ers, run­ning wa­ter, cov­ered pic­nic area, play­ground, vol­ley­ball net, horse­shoe pitch and bar­be­cue grills.

18. En­ter­prise Reef – Bears the name of an HBC steamer. Do not pass be­tween the light and the marker. It marks a very dan­ger­ous reef.

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