Photo courtesy of John Cameron/Salt Spring Tourism
Salt Spring Island
Downshift on this groovy, boho Gulf Island, just a 35-minute seaplane ride from the city. Artist studios abound there, as do makers of artisanal food and beverages. Classic stops include the summertime Saturday Market, the Blue Horse Folk Art Gallery, and the farmstead tasting room of Salt Spring Island Cheese. Hikers can burn off calories at Ruckle, a lovely provincial park with 4.3 miles of coves, tide pools, and rocky headlands—while scuba divers drift offshore, admiring octopuses and lacy fields of plumose anemones. No car? No problem! The islands have a designated hitchhiking program: wait for a pickup at the "Car Stop" signs.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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Salt Spring Island
A 35-minute floatplane ride from the city, this Gulf Island operates at a laid-back pace that’s a departure from the rest of Metro Vancouver. Artists and craftspeople have built a community here; the Saturday market sells many of their homemade wares and the pubs are animated with music from local talents. The island’s unspoiled beaches and forests lend themselves to outdoor activities, such as swimming, hiking and kayaking, and the acres of farmland are home to sustainable growers, wineries and a cheese maker.
By Lisa Cheng
Visit the Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island
Experience a slice of Southern Gulf Island life on Salt Spring, which you can reach by ferry or floatplane from downtown Vancouver. The largest of the Gulf Islands, Salt Spring is a hotbed of artists and artisans who you can meet at their fantastic Saturday market which runs from Easter weekend through till the last week in October. You can pick up delicious Jersey milk cheeses from Moonstuck, hand-made soaps from the Saltspring Soapworks and try and find some of the superb coffee from Mt. Maxwell who roast their beans in a yurt up the mountain! You don’t even need to worry about having transport on Salt Spring as they have a very cool rideshare programme in place across the island, just wait at the Car Stop signs and usually someone will be along to pick you up.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
121 Lower Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T4, Canada
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm