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CLIMBING MOUNT PARKE, MAYNE ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
In my quest to reach the peak of every highest point in the Canadian Gulf Islands, I recenty went to Mayne Island. Mount Parke, around 300 meters abov sea level
To go to Mayne, one takes the BC Ferry from Twassasen. The boat stops first at Galiano (see my climb up to Mt Galiano), and then Mayne at Village Bay. There is no village at Village Bay and like most islands, there is no public transit. Howveer there are Car Stop poles dotted across the isle. These car spots are places where locals can stop nad offer you a free ride – in short it’s legalized hitching. I did get a ride from the ferry terminal from a gentleman and another later. Not all would stop especially the women. Perhaps if I had a female companion.
From the ferry, my friendly local dropped me off at the real village Miner’s Bay – so called because it was the in-between point for miners in the 1800s on their way up to the Caribou Country’s gold mines. There is a bakery selling popular sanddollars at almost $2 (nothing to talk about), and next to it a grocery stoire Tru value where I encountered a horrendous experience later bthat evening.
There is another supermarket, a centurt0old lodging place which has a restaurant, a pub and an iopen deck facing Miner’s Bay. The hotle, Spring water lodeg offers bedroons upstairs at $40 a night refgardless of the season. Shared bathroom zand keyless doors but a few with water views. Allison the hotel lady who gave me the tour did remind me once sleeps on top of a pub – so don’t expect a lullaby to the sounds of water carshing on the shore.
There’s another supermarkey, a bookstore, a gasoline station (which rents out mopeds at $0 a day and bikes at pricey $55 a day) a small museum which used to be the island’s jail and across te c=street te century old grcultutal hall.
But my goal is Mount Parke, a mile and a half further away. At the foot of the trail is a fancy grocery called Farm’s gate, very alcoholc Chciolate bourbon very good but $3,50 for a two by 1 x 1 oiece.
There is also a tree fRog wghich had some leather ggods, belts, cuifffs made by a local artist at reasinabkle prices.
Mt. Parke’s is not that high. Mire like a hill so not surprisingly the hike “up” was a piece of cake. Once you reach the top there will be signs saying ride (going both left and right) and Hallifdau7 Pt (going right). Take Halliday point. The ridege on the lefet sidf view is mostly covered by trees. And not surprisingly the view at the top riode was not spectacular. I ate my sandwich took pictures and left.
Now going back to Tru value – I needed to use the loo