What to do on Salt Spring Island

An aerial view of Salt Spring Island in British Columbia
Salt Spring Island is the biggest of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands [Destination BC/Reuben Krabbe]

As the biggest of the Gulf Islands that sit between British Columbia’s Decrease Mainland and Vancouver Island, Salt Spring Island is a well-liked vacation spot for vacationers, whereas nonetheless retaining a spectacularly laid again vibe. The primary cause to plan a visit to Salt Spring is to chill and chill out, however in the event you’re on the lookout for a little bit extra motion, the island additionally affords loads to see and do. Listed below are some methods to maintain your self busy throughout a Salt Spring trip:

Go to the Salt Spring Market

The Saturday market is essentially the most bustling you’ll see Salt Spring Island — held in Centennial Park in Ganges (Salt Spring’s largest city), the Saturday Market takes place weekly from April by means of to October, 9 am to four pm. The entire gadgets on the market should be “vendor produced and bought,” which means you received’t see any low cost business items right here — all the pieces is both crafted, grown or baked by the very folks promoting it. Search for handcrafted pottery and jewellery, home made magnificence and self-care merchandise, handmade clothes and loads of good issues to eat. Should you’re primarily on the lookout for produce, there’s additionally a seasonal farmers market held on Tuesdays.

Take to the water

Boats in the harbour at Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island’s numerous harbours are all the time stuffed with boats [Destination BC/Reuben Krabbe]
Vacation spot BC/Reuben Krabbe

Being surrounded by ocean implies that there’s loads of issues to do on the water each round and on the island, which can be dwelling to some lovely lakes. Kayak leases and excursions are available, as are fishing and whale watching excursions. The seashores on Salt Spring are usually rocky quite than sandy and the water isn’t very hot, however spots like Vesuvius Bay Seashore and Beddis Seashore are good bets for anybody eager to dip their toes within the Pacific.

Do a beer or cider tasting

Craft beer and cider is a large development all through Canada and Salt Spring Island isn’t any exception. Salt Spring Wild Cider is a brand new(ish) addition to the island — the corporate produces over a dozen sorts of high-quality cider, out there for take-home buy or to drink on the premises. The Cider Home itself is positioned in a renovated barn and the pleasant employees will allow you to put collectively a tasting, greatest served with a cheese and charcuterie board or some farm-style tapas. Children and canine are welcome.

If beer is extra of your factor, Salt Spring Island Ales brews up some very tasty beers (the Earl Gray IPA is the stuff of desires). Beer flights can be found within the brewery’s tasting room or picnic space or you possibly can seize some bottles, cans or do a growler fill to go.

Hike or bike

Regardless of the entire nice meals, artwork and beer, the primary cause for taking the ferry out to Salt Spring is to get pleasure from nature. The island is filled with parks and nature trails, lots of which supply incredible ocean views. Spots like Mount Maxwell, the Mt. Dyan Climbing Path and Ruckle Provincial Park all provide nice hikes. Salt Spring can be very bicycle owner pleasant and is enjoyable to discover by bike.

Eat!

A shot of the Tree House Cafe on Salt Spring Island

The Tree Home Cafe in Ganges is a favorite in Ganges [Destination BC/Lyndsey Eden]
Vacation spot BC/Lyndsey Eden

There are many nice locations to eat on Salt Spring Island, lots of which replicate the island roots and proximity to the ocean. The majority of the eating places are in Ganges, a quaint and really walkable city that gives all the pieces from nice baked items and engaging tacos to high-end seafood and Italian fare. Rock Salt, the restaurant down at Fulford Harbour can be value making the drive to, as is the Seaside Restaurant (get the fish ‘n’ chips) at Vesuvius Bay.

Go on a studio tour or go to the artwork galleries

Salt Spring Island has all the time been a refuge for artists and artistic sorts who’re impressed by nature. Many native artists have dwelling studios, which they open up as a part of the Salt Spring Island Studio Tour. Tour goers self-guide their journey with a studio tour map, which lists collaborating potters, glass artists, jewellery makers, painters, sculptors and different artists. Meals artisans, like the favored Salt Spring Island Cheese Firm are additionally on the checklist.

For a extra concentrated artwork expertise, Salt Spring can be dwelling to quite a few artwork galleries, together with the Salt Spring GalleryArtSpring and lots of others.

Absorb a spherical of golf

Should you want your nature walks to incorporate a placing inexperienced, the Salt Spring Island Golf and Nation Membership has been an island mainstay since 1928. The 9 gap public course is positioned simply exterior Ganges.

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