Salt Spring Island has been, and continues to be our go to for a complete recharge of the batteries. Salt Spring is one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia between the mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
Salt Spring Island has been, and continues to be our go to for a complete recharge of the batteries.
Salt Spring is one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia between the mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. It has the charm of the lake district in Northern England coupled with a dose of time stood still. Many of the 10,000 or so residents are involved in living life off the grid and getting in touch with nature. It’s a slower pace, and as a city slicker, I sometimes envy them.
To get to Salt Spring Island from the mainland, I favour the two hour ride aboard BC Ferries. Alternatively, you can take a float plane and without a car, arrive within an hour.
Due to COVID-19, the Island has been limiting the number of rentals so I suggest you check availability well in advance.
9 reasons I love Salt Spring Island, and what you won’t want to miss
1. Cheese & Wine
Casual, slow days spent sipping wine in the afternoon accompanied by local Salt Spring Cheese—fresh from the storefront tops my list. While I don’t typically favour goat cheese, this one is a must.
2. Ganges Village
The tranquil pace of the island is intoxicating. If you’re in search of rest and relaxation you’ll find it in Ganges Village.
3. The Saturday Market
The dynamic Saturday market in the summer is a must do. It’s full to the brim with vendors selling farm fresh goods, arts and crafts. Browse and enjoy the music and food available. But a word to the wise: expect crowds.
4. The Tree House in Ganges
This brunch stop is a local institution. Centred around a large tree, this quaint restaurant offers hearty breakfasts and on weekend evenings, artists galore.
5. For Fine Dining, Don’t Miss House Piccolo
Interested in fine dining? Head to House Piccolo for fresh and delightful cuisine. Don’t be shy of your table mates either. With regular seating in such close proximity, you’ll likely leave with a new friend.
6. Salt Spring Soap Works
Located in Ganges Village, don’t pass on Salt Spring Soap Works. With products made from local herbs such as rosemary and mint, it’s a great gift. I never leave without a fresh bottle of shampoo!
7. Hikes & Walks Aplenty
Take your pick!
Strolling Walkers Hook in the late afternoon gives one a different perspective of the Island. Take in a sunset—it’s utterly romantic. Relax here with a bottle of your own wine, or pick one up along the way.
There’s something for every fitness level. Mouat Park offers steep uphill, intense climbs to long steady strolls and disc golf too!
Visit Mount Maxwell if only for the photo opportunities. You can either hike or drive to the summit.
8. Shopping, Roadside
Roadside farm stalls of flowers, eggs and greens are in abundance. Have some cash on hand and drive slowly so you don’t miss out. Payment is on the honour system. Roadside stalls capture the essence of island life—simple, honest, polite and trustworthy.
Finally, visit the new Ciderworks for an afternoon of beers on the patio.
There you have it! Nine of my favourite locations and activities on Salt Spring Island. Enjoy the trip!