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Salt Spring Island Canada is one of the southern Gulf Islands in the western province of British Columbia. Salt Spring Island BC lies in the Strait of Georgia between the mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Travel on a ferry to explore this delightfully laid back island and embrace the slower pace of life on Salt Spring Island BC. Why not pop over from Victoria for a day trip?
Salt Spring Island BC
Is it just me?
Does anyone else breathe more freely?
Surrounded by water?
I have discovered it doesn’t really matter which island.
Nor in which sparkling body of water it floats, like a gem.
The breaths are different.
I inhale down to my toes,
carelessly laughing as I exhale.
The minute the ferry sets sail towards Salt Spring Island BC, I feel the breezy gift infiltrating my body.
I am standing taller, yet more relaxed.
My sense of humour is lighter, quicker.
My spirit soars at the possibility of beach-combing and exploring Salt Spring Island Canada and her rocky coastline.
Pack your hippie spirit.
The one that gives permission for free-spirited fun and a chill, laid-back attitude.
On Salt Spring Island Canada, the pace of life slows right down. Embrace it. Delight in ordinary moments.
The Salt Spring Island ferry stops at Fulford Harbour, a residential community with a few places to explore.
The Rock Salt Café dishes up a delicious breakfast on the terrace overlooking the ocean. It’s the perfect start to a weekend away or a day trip to Salt Spring Island BC. Whatever you do, don’t miss their warm morning muffins.
Sunshine. Salt air. Sailboats. The food just tastes better on Salt Spring Island BC.
Close by is The Saltspring Mercantile, a quirky shop, where you can spend a while and buy supplies to cook a delightful meal.
Roadside markets abound on Salt Spring Island. Organic baked goods. Cider. Fruits. Vegetables. Flowers… Pull over and leave your payment in the jar provided. The Stowel Lake Farmstand is behind a closed gate that miraculously opens as you pull up. Freshly picked, seasonal vegetables await.
Produce this gorgeous must be good for you. No lineup. No cashier breaking a half-smile at the end of a long shift. Just a wholesome harvest. And a small box to deposit the cash payment.
Trust. It made the food taste better. Sweeter. More nutritious. I swear.
Or, head to the Saturday market in Ganges. where the produce and products are all made on Salt Spring Island BC. Browse through the stalls of fresh produce, bread (it sells out quickly), jewellery, handmade soaps and much more. The vendors love sharing their passion for their creations.
A winding road lined with towering trees leads to the Saltspring Island Cheese Company. A popular destination to see goat cheese being made and sample the divine results. There is a fabulous gift shop to purchase goat cheese and preserves.
Accomodation on Saltspring Island: here are suggestions for Ganges and try these ideas for the whole island.
The pièce de resistance?
Goat ice cream.
Summer calls for a trip to Salt Spring Wild Cider. Sit at a table overlooking Salt Spring Island BC orchards and dive into local and creative flavours of cider. Try a “flight,” allowing you to savour a diverse selection of ciders, pick your favourite and then, order a tall, cold glass of it! Pair all your cider tasting with the delicious choices from the menu. The Wild Cider Figs were to die for, along with the Plant-Based Vegan Board. You’re sure to walk away with a few of their beautiful bottles of cider.
In August the roadside bushes on Salt Spring Island BC are laden with juicy, fresh blackberries waiting to be devoured. The welcome basket at the Bed and Breakfast is bursting with idyllic, rustic delights for the taste buds.
Fermented lemonade is available, roadside.
Life here is
Passing through farmland dabbled with grazing sheep, Ruckle Provincial Park’s craggy coastline beckons.
Waves lap the rocky shore, seagulls shriek, sailboats silently pass
and waves lap the rocky shore.
Salt Spring Island time.
Breathing is best on Salt Spring Island Canada.
“I took a deep breath
to the old bray of my heart:
I am, I am,
More Travel Info…
Other Cool Places In British Columbia:
Loving all the fresh food on Saltspring Island British Columbia? How about heading to Vancouver and checking out the hip food scene.
You’re really close to Victoria. There are tons of fabulous things to see and do in Victoria
Have you ridden the Myra Canyon Trestles in Kelowna? Cycle or walk over old railway trestles that span deep canyons and find out about the devastating forest fire.
Where Is Salt Spring Island BC?
Salt Spring Island is one of the southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada. Salt Spring Island BC lies in the Strait of Georgia in between the mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
Getting To Salt Spring Island:
Check out the BC Ferries schedule here.
Ferries to Salt Spring Island run frequently between Victoria (Swartz Bay) and Fulford Harbour. Crossing time: 35 minutes.
Ferries to Salt Spring Island also run between Vesuvius (north end of Salt Spring Island) to Crofton on Vancouver Island.
Ferries also run between Long Harbour (Salt Spring) and Vancouver (Tsawwassen) with stops at Pender, Galiano and Mayne Islands. Check here for the times.
Where do you breathe best? What do you love about Salt Spring Island BC? Other favourite Gulf Islands? Would love to hear from you.
James Alexander says
This is a beautiful spread you have created, very reflective of Island culture. But we live in unique times today and hope that visitors will be patient and not visit until the pandemic is under control. This summer may or may not provide the safety required to be truly welcoming.
Alison Browne says
Yes, we are living in unique times for over a year now. I appreciate your concern about the upcoming summer.
Elizabeth Richards says
I am sure you are aware of COVID-19 and the restrictions currently in place? I would not encourage travel to the island at this time. The island have limited resources and a small hospital and cannot sustain an outbreak. There is also a provincial wide band on travel right now because of COVID-19.
Please consider the residents and thier safety before posting something like this during a pandemic where we are supposed to be staying home.
Alison Browne says
I appreciate your concern. It’s been a challenging and unprecedented year for everybody, everywhere in the world. This article on Salt Spring Island was written well over three years ago…
Please put a covid travel notice on this site, we’re a tiny island who are very conscientious of the current climate we’re dealing with
Alison Browne says
Duly noted and done.
Thank you for visiting our island and for the wonderful words . Best regards on your travel adventure
Alison Browne says