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Salt Spring Island – unlike any other place in the world

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, lies close to Victoria on Vancouver Island, its proximity making it a short and pleasant 30-minute ferry ride across the Salish Sea.We ease into “island time” enjoying the short scenic cruise aboard BC Ferries to this unique Gulf Island destination: Salt Spring Island.  This gem of an Island so close to Victoria, features a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years with archeological findings of an ancient Coast Salish culture along its coastline.

 

Now home to a diversity of people from many parts of the globe, the Island is settled by renowned artists, authors and artisans, creative people of all varieties, including internationally renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman. Salt Spring Island has over 200 working organic farmers.  We love to stop at the cheese farm for a taste of Salt Spring Island Cheese.  Children love this little farm where they may pet the goats and have their unique goat milk ice cream. There is a robust Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays during the summers. At the end of September, the annual Salt Spring Apple Festival takes place. Salt Spring has over 450 varieties of apples and they’re all on display September 29th. This Gulf Island is a beautiful landscape of old growth trees, lakes, beaches and amazing views from Mount Maxwell.  A great place to discover and to rejoice in the Island’s restaurants, art galleries, artist studios, and hiking trails. EV Tours offers a private tour there any day of the week  And each Saturday, we form and take a group of individual visitors from Victoria’s Inner Harbour to the Salt Spring Island Saturday. Driving through the amazing landscape to the town of Ganges, we head out to enjoy

Saturday Salt Spring Island Market.

 

It is happening until the end of October.  Browsing this lively local market on Salt Spring Island, by the sea is a unique experience to say the least. Here we enjoy wonderful local farm to fork food, arts and crafts, and live music.   After all the delicious organic treats and on our way back to Fulford Harbour to catch the ferry, we often stop at the Gary Oak vineyard. This beautiful vineyard is a labor of love, producing small lots of original wines. We walk the labyrinth of grapevines and taste award winning wines, overlooking the breathtaking view of Burgoyne Valley. At the ferry, time allowing, we explore Fulford Harbour with its many unique shops and cafes.  We highly recommend you join ourSalt Spring Island Saturday outing.  It is unlike any other place in the world.

 

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