The largest and most settled of the Gulf Islands, Salt Spring is between Vancouver Island and the city of Vancouver. There are three ferry terminals on the island...
The largest and most settled of the Gulf Islands, Salt Spring is between Vancouver Island and the city of Vancouver.
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There are three ferry terminals on the island. Direct service is available from Vancouver/Tsawwassen to Long Harbour. There is also service via Tsawwassen and Victoria/Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island to Fulford and via Crofton to Vesuvius. Reservations are recommended for the Tsawwassen-Vancouver Island legs. Call 250-386-3431 or see www.bcferries.bc.ca.
If departing from Tsawwassen via Swartz Bay or Crofton, purchase a through ticket to Salt Spring.
Hotel and bed-and-breakfast information is at www.saltspringtoday.com. For information and reservations at the Old Farmhouse B&B, 1077 North End Road, call 250-537-4113. or see www.bbcanada.com/oldfarmhouse. Rates range from $110 (low season) to $135 (high season) per night (based on current exchange rates) including breakfast.
Hastings House is the island’s most luxurious accommodation. The country manor house, part of the Relais & Chateaux chain, has a massive fireplace where guests gather for afternoon tea and conversation. Rates start at $345 per night including coffee and scones delivered to your room, a full breakfast and afternoon tea. Call 800-661-9255 or see www.hastingshouse.com.
Morningside Organic Bakery & Cafe, 107 Morningside Road (Fulford Harbour). 250-653-4414. Smoked tofu sandwiches, veggie burgers, organic goodies and espresso. Inexpensive.
The Tree House Cafe, 106 Purvis Lane (Fulford Harbour). 250-537-5379. Organic, homemade breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Live music. Moderate
Vesuvius Inn, 805 Vesuvius Bay Road (Crofton ferry dock). 250-537-2312. Casual pub with board games, pine tables and great sunset views. Seafoods, steaks, vegetarian dishes, local beers. Moderate.
Hastings House, 160 Upper Ganges Road. 250-537-2362. The island’s splurge restaurant, attached to the Hastings House inn. Salt Spring Island lamb and seafood from local waters. Fresh produce and herbs from the estate’s gardens and trees. Expensive.
The art scene
Salt Spring calls itself Canada’s “Island of the Arts,” and there are several ways to explore the local scene.
For details on the self-guided Salt Spring Studio Tour, call 250-538-0040 or see www.saltspringstudiotour.com. Regular hours vary, but most studios will also open by appointment. Watch for “Artist in Action” days when artists are in their studios working on projects. Maps are available on the Web, on B.C. ferries and at the Chamber office at 121 Lower Ganges Road.
Saturday Market: More than 100 artists and artisans sell their wares Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through mid-October at Centennial Park in downtown Ganges.
Artcraft: An annual exhibition and sale by more than 200 artists. Open Sunday through Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. through September 14 in Mahon Hall in Ganges. See www.artcraftgallery.ca
Gallery Walk: Pick up a map at the Chamber for a guide to art galleries in and around Ganges.