1. Explore the beach (tide dependent)
Relax with the morning paper and your coffee. Walk along the seashore edge. Skip stones. Meditate on the shoreline. Do yoga. Swim during the hot days of summer.
2. Hike to the top
Bring your boots and, from your suite, hike to the top of Mt. Erskine, Salt Spring’s most recently created park. On windy days, watch the ravens play games! Find the fairy doors (we’re not kidding!).
3. Wander through the Saturday Market
Described in one guide as the “mother of all markets”, The Salt Spring Market has something for everyone! Market vendors must sell locally made products and the variety is outstanding. Plus, for your meals at home, pick up Susan and Julia’s Moonstruck Organic Cheese, Salt Spring Cheese, Heather’s bread, and much more.
4. Walk around Ganges
Be prepared to enjoy the many shops in Ganges. Wander through artisan galleries, book stores, the chocolate and gelati shop (to die for), and home and kitchen shops. Stop for a latte or sushi. Have lunch at one of the fine restaurants or a local brew at one of the pubs.
5. Rent a kayak for a few hours
There are 2 kayak rental companies on the island, including one that will bring your kayak to a nearby beach that has easier access than our private beach. Ask your host for recommendations about where to paddle. Bring your sun lotion and a hat!
6. Book a massage
Sore muscles from too much time at the computer? Call one of the island’s many massage therapists for an appointment to melt your aches away.
7. Tour the north end of Salt Spring Island
Visit the studios en route, including a favourite, the Blue Horse Gallery. Gardeners, make sure you stop at Fraser’s Thimble Farms, a native plant nursery. Plan to have lunch at the Fernwood Road Café and while there, walk out on the government dock to see Trincomali Channel.
8. Tour the south end of Salt Spring
Two incredible provincial parks await you. Bring your walking shoes and staff so you can explore Burgoyne Bay and Ruckle Provincial Parks. Walk along waterfront trails and savour the Garry Oak meadows with their blue Camas flowers in the spring. Plan to have lunch, tea or dinner at the Rock Salt Cafe, a locals’ favourite hangout in Fulford Harbour.
9. Take a side tour
Salt Spring Island has many side roads to explore and many more galleries to visit. Stop at one of the local wineries en route for a tasting experience!
10. Take a basket making course
We’re serious. The baskets made here are show- stoppers. Learn from gifted artists and visit the nearby basketry studio. Other fibre artists also offer courses and studio learning.
11. Farmstands and Food
If food is your passion, find the farm gates and studios that will fill your picnic basket. Cheeses, bread, wine, apples, veggies…..what more could a person want for a delicious picnic at one of the island’s many parks. Or, savour your picnic by the fire at home!
12. Swing your clubs
Spend a morning on the links. The Salt Spring Golf Club is just 5 minutes away. It is open to the public. Reservations recommended. Bring your clubs and enjoy!