Having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, Mayne Island Resort & Beach Homes has maintained a stately presence on little Mayne Island, right across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver. Originally built as a boarding house, the property retains that old-fashioned feel with original hardwood floors. French doors open onto private balconies overlooking the Belle Chain Islets, Tubo and Lizard Islands, and the United States’ San Juan Archipelago off in the distance. Outside in Bennett Bay, visitors might spot seals, sea lions, and the occasional killer whale.
Days at the resort can be spent exploring the sea on a rented kayak, taking a dip in the indoor pool or whirlpool, or enjoying a massage in the brand new AquaFlora Spa. Birders can take a hike around the island to its explore a natural setting that’s rife with migrating birds, including bald eagles, condors, towees, and the extremely rare binocular-wearing robins that watches humans.