Mark’s Guidebook on Things To Do on Salt Spring Island

Mark

Mark’s Guidebook on Things To Do on Salt Spring Island

Food scene
Great locally made cider - lots of variety. Go with a friend or 2 and do a tasting flight. Maybe add in a cheese or charcuterie plate as well.
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Salt Spring Wild Cider
151 Sharp Rd
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Great locally made cider - lots of variety. Go with a friend or 2 and do a tasting flight. Maybe add in a cheese or charcuterie plate as well.
Take a tour and see how they make the famous goat cheese. Sample some of the food and browse the cheese counter and see if you can resist buying some to take home.
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Salt Spring Island Cheese
285 Reynolds Rd
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Take a tour and see how they make the famous goat cheese. Sample some of the food and browse the cheese counter and see if you can resist buying some to take home.
Locally grown hops, and locally brewed ales on Salt Spring. Take a tasting tour or buy by the bottle or the growler.
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Salt Spring Island Ales
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Locally grown hops, and locally brewed ales on Salt Spring. Take a tasting tour or buy by the bottle or the growler.
Consistently good quality food and service.
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Salt Spring Inn Ltd
132 Lower Ganges Rd
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Consistently good quality food and service.
Want to visit a Pub while you're here - Moby's is it. The place the locals mostly go too. Good food, great view, reasonable prices.Go for lunch or dinner, or if you're into the late night scene they'll probably have a band playing on weekends.
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Moby's Pub
124A Upper Ganges Rd
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Want to visit a Pub while you're here - Moby's is it. The place the locals mostly go too. Good food, great view, reasonable prices.Go for lunch or dinner, or if you're into the late night scene they'll probably have a band playing on weekends.
A local favorite especially when they have live music. Sit in the neat cafe under the famous tree. Listen to local musicians under the stars.
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Tree House Cafe
106 Purvis Ln
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A local favorite especially when they have live music. Sit in the neat cafe under the famous tree. Listen to local musicians under the stars.
A lovely setting near the Fulford Valley. Go for a wine tasting and then relax in the gardens with a picnic.
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Salt Spring Vineyards & Tasting Room
151 Lee Rd
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A lovely setting near the Fulford Valley. Go for a wine tasting and then relax in the gardens with a picnic.
A beautiful setting while you taste a flight of the locally estate produced wines.
Garry Oaks Estate Winery
A beautiful setting while you taste a flight of the locally estate produced wines.
A great patio and picnic area overlooking the vineyards. Do a tasting and then relax on the patio.
Kutatás Wines
164 Norton Rd
A great patio and picnic area overlooking the vineyards. Do a tasting and then relax on the patio.
Fabulous pizza, good food, lovely atmosphere.
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twig and buoy
321 Fernwood Rd
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Fabulous pizza, good food, lovely atmosphere.
Interested in a craft distillery? Look no further. Go for a tasting.
Salt Spring Shine Craft Distillery Ltd.
194 Kitchen Rd
Interested in a craft distillery? Look no further. Go for a tasting.
Want to buy some fresh cut flowers? Or fresh garden produce? Take a walk through the wonderful gardens too? Oh and they hold periodic events here too - check their website. A great local favorite. Try their pizza on Friday nights, or go for Sunday brunch.
Bullock Lake Farm
360 Upper Ganges Rd
Want to buy some fresh cut flowers? Or fresh garden produce? Take a walk through the wonderful gardens too? Oh and they hold periodic events here too - check their website. A great local favorite. Try their pizza on Friday nights, or go for Sunday brunch.
Check out the locally grown produce at the Tuesday Farmers market.
Salt Spring Tuesday Farmers' Market
138 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Check out the locally grown produce at the Tuesday Farmers market.
Relax with a frothy coffee and watch the world go by! Try sitting outside if there's space.
T J Beans
110 Lower Ganges Road
Relax with a frothy coffee and watch the world go by! Try sitting outside if there's space.
Good, reasonably priced food. Great views.
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Rock Salt Restaurant & Cafe
2921 Fulford Ganges Road
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Good, reasonably priced food. Great views.
Need a few supplies, or some snacks before you get on the ferry? Try the sausage rolls they're great: especially the turkey and the pulled pork ones!
Salt Spring Mercantile Ltd
2915 Fulford Ganges Rd
Need a few supplies, or some snacks before you get on the ferry? Try the sausage rolls they're great: especially the turkey and the pulled pork ones!
Old time chocolate making, and don't forget to try the gelato!
Harlans Chocolates and Gelato
100 Lower Ganges Road
Old time chocolate making, and don't forget to try the gelato!
Very good food, and a nice view!
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Auntie Pesto's
115 Fulford Ganges Rd
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Very good food, and a nice view!
Great falafel's !
Al's Gourmet Falafel & Fries
151 Rainbow Rd
Great falafel's !
Outdoor activities
Interested in whale watching, kayaking, paddle boarding?? Check out their website for what's on offer.
Salt Spring Adventure Co
Interested in whale watching, kayaking, paddle boarding?? Check out their website for what's on offer.
Fancy nine holes of golf while you're here?
Salt Spring Island Golf & Country Club
800 Lower Ganges Rd
Fancy nine holes of golf while you're here?
A nice selection of local trails to enjoy.
Channel Ridge Trails - Merganser Place Access
A nice selection of local trails to enjoy.
Drive up to the top or take one of the trails and hike up for the spectacular views.
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Mount Maxwell Provincial Park
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Drive up to the top or take one of the trails and hike up for the spectacular views.
More fabulous views. Several trails exist so make sure you know where you are going!
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Mount Erskine
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More fabulous views. Several trails exist so make sure you know where you are going!
Take a walk through the fields of this historic farmland then walk along the beach.
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Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park
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Take a walk through the fields of this historic farmland then walk along the beach.
Trails, historic farm houses, wild turkey's etc. Make sure you visit Grandma's Bay and paddle in the ocean.
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Ruckle Provincial Park
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Trails, historic farm houses, wild turkey's etc. Make sure you visit Grandma's Bay and paddle in the ocean.
Great hiking trail, well worth the climb for the great views
Reginald Hill
Great hiking trail, well worth the climb for the great views
An easy walking trail alongside Duck Creek - great place to take your dog!
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Duck Creek Park
209 Sunset Dr
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An easy walking trail alongside Duck Creek - great place to take your dog!
Beaches and Lakes
Excellent for morning and early afternoon.
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Beddis Beach
1456-1460 Beddis Rd
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Excellent for morning and early afternoon.
St. Mary's Lake is the largest lake on Salt Spring and has several, small access points. Find out which ones are free and see if you can find the rope swing !
St. Mary’s Lake Tire Swing
1254-1186 North End Road
St. Mary's Lake is the largest lake on Salt Spring and has several, small access points. Find out which ones are free and see if you can find the rope swing !
Often visitors new to Salt Spring will swim in the ocean - the locals, well we swim in the lakes. Cushion Lake is a great lake to take a dip in. It has a shallow area for kids on the edge of the public access. Beware the dock though it can be a bit rickety!
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Cusheon Lake
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Often visitors new to Salt Spring will swim in the ocean - the locals, well we swim in the lakes. Cushion Lake is a great lake to take a dip in. It has a shallow area for kids on the edge of the public access. Beware the dock though it can be a bit rickety!
If you're interested in a drive and are in the north end, go out to Southey Point. A rock beach provides outstanding ocean views
Southey Point
If you're interested in a drive and are in the north end, go out to Southey Point. A rock beach provides outstanding ocean views
Rent a kayak and paddle out to Third Sister Island and Chocolate Beach. As well as a fabulous white shell beach it has the best example of an artistic outhouse in the gulf islands.
Third Sister Island
Rent a kayak and paddle out to Third Sister Island and Chocolate Beach. As well as a fabulous white shell beach it has the best example of an artistic outhouse in the gulf islands.
Make sure you find the trail down to the beach. It's rocky but worth a walk along it.
Quarry Drive
Make sure you find the trail down to the beach. It's rocky but worth a walk along it.
Take the trail and visit the beach too!
Churchill Trail - Churchill Access
Take the trail and visit the beach too!
Booth Bay and Baker beach are fun places to walk along and investigate the rock pools and intertidal life
Booth Canal Road
Booth Bay and Baker beach are fun places to walk along and investigate the rock pools and intertidal life
Follow the road down until on the right hand side you see space for a couple of cars and a trail to the beach. This beach and bay has thousands of sand dollars and is a great place to launch a kayak for a short paddle to Chocolate Beach
Price Road
Follow the road down until on the right hand side you see space for a couple of cars and a trail to the beach. This beach and bay has thousands of sand dollars and is a great place to launch a kayak for a short paddle to Chocolate Beach
Art and crafts
Interested in art. Visit Gallery 8.
Gallery 8
115 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Interested in art. Visit Gallery 8.
Views the eclectic and fabulous collection of fine art
Steffich Fine Art
Views the eclectic and fabulous collection of fine art
Visit the Farmhouse Gallerie to see the local craftsmanship of fine pieces of insect art by Sean Goddard. Check his website for opening times or call ahead.
Farmhouse Gallerie
1298 Beddis Road
Visit the Farmhouse Gallerie to see the local craftsmanship of fine pieces of insect art by Sean Goddard. Check his website for opening times or call ahead.
From mainstream to funky arts and crafts all from local island artists. Ask about their classes too
The Pottery
2909 Fulford-Ganges Road
From mainstream to funky arts and crafts all from local island artists. Ask about their classes too
A great place to see the wares of local artists.
Artcraft/Salt Spring Arts Council
A great place to see the wares of local artists.
Yoga
Want a gym workout while on island or to take a yoga class? Check their website for scheduled classes.
Salt Spring Island Wellness Centre
120 Hereford Avenue
Want a gym workout while on island or to take a yoga class? Check their website for scheduled classes.
Sightseeing
Probably the most famous activity on Salt Spring. Everything at the market has had to be grown, created or built on island. Lots of vendors, lots of food options. Normally you have to get there early as its busy and parking is a premium. However with new Covid restrictions there aren't as many vendors returned yet but it is also open on Friday's. Check the website for the latest info.
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Salt Spring Saturday Market
2710 Cedar Hill Rd
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Probably the most famous activity on Salt Spring. Everything at the market has had to be grown, created or built on island. Lots of vendors, lots of food options. Normally you have to get there early as its busy and parking is a premium. However with new Covid restrictions there aren't as many vendors returned yet but it is also open on Friday's. Check the website for the latest info.