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Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Canada | 16 comments

Salt Spring in Canada’s Gulf Islands

Salt Spring

BC Ferries travel between the Gulf Islands


Canada and the specifically British Columbia is home to some of the most beautiful islands in the world although not the stereotypical white sandy beach and bright blue water type. No, indeed the Gulf Islands of British Columbia have a much different beauty, of thick fir forests and rocky outcrops. Taking the large ferry through the many islands one gets a real sense of wilderness and if you are lucky you may spot a pod of orcas (killer whales). Heading to Salt Spring Island in winter I wondered how good the experience would be but by the time I left, I realised these islands offer something in every season.


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Some of the houses on surrounding islands
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Around the island


I admired the million dollar homes dotted along the rocky shores of the islands and discovered Salt Spring in particular is a popular secluded escape for more than one celebrity. Since one of these famous actors said the first rule of something is to not talk about something I will not mention his name. That and the fact he could probably kick my arse. But he is not the only one who has found this island to be a great retreat. Many talented artists and musicians also call Salt Spring home and looking around the town it is easy to see why they love it. There is a casual bohemian vibe here and nothing is too fast paced.


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The many islands leading into the US

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View from Mt. Maxwell


Exploring the island we found not only the strong art influence but also great hikes for nature lovers. Mt. Maxwell provides spectacular views of the surrounding islands and if you know what you are looking at you can actually see right down to the United States toward Seattle. Even with my contact lenses in though, I could not see that far but I smiled and nodded in the general direction.


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Sunrise in the harbour

Salt Spring

Fire department


Salt Spring has a small town centre where I’m sure all the small town gossips keep up to date with who has arrived and departed. There are also many boat moorings and jetties which make for great photography and places for the artists to draw inspiration from. There is a cool little veggie store and a little fire department and the locals are friendly and happy to show their little piece of paradise.


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Who doesn’t like seaplanes?

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One of the numerous jettys

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Local artwork

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Local vege market


For anyone staying on the mainland in Vancouver, a stopover to Salt Spring or the large island of Vancouver and its city Victoria is a must, even in winter. Salt Spring would make a great day visit and Victoria is deserving of a few days. Victoria offers more shops, cafes and bars and some great history including totem poles from the Native Americans. The gulf islands of British Columbia offer something of a different variety of island getaway and are top of my list on a west coast Canadian adventure. If you are sick of the pristine beaches of the Bahamas or the Maldives πŸ˜‰ then check them out!




    • It’s a beautiful place. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  1. It looks fabulous. It reminds me of Lake Muskoka on the east side. How I’d love to own one of those houses as a summer retreat.

    • Me too! It would be an amazing place to go and relax.

  2. Awesome! It is simply gorgeous.

    I haven’t visited this part of my country but thanks to you I know what it looks like πŸ˜‰

    Love the photo of the sunrise, it is just impressive!

    • I thought you would appreciate this one K. You will have to get over there sometime. You are lucky you are so close compared to me πŸ™‚

  3. Again – the sunrise in the harbour left me speechless!

    • Thanks Agness! Me too!It was memorable that’s for sure.

  4. Great photos Ardun – and its good to see someone giving some coverage of our amazing little island. If you are ever out here again maybe you would like to check out our guest cottage (Cosy Woodpecker Cottage). Happy travels!

    • Hey Duncan, my pleasure. Your island is worth mentioning. Thanks for the offer, I will be back one day I can almost guarantee it πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Great little piece you’ve made about a great little place. You certainly captured the feel of our island in the winter. I’m currently on the ferry leaving Saltspring Island and always hate to leave it behind. My house is on the water just to the right hand side of your sunrise photo in Ganges Harbour, so thrilled to see my morning view make your short list of what must have been hundreds of shots you took while visiting. Come again in a summer month – I’d love to see what you could do with the magical transformation that springtime does to the place!

    • Hi Michael, Thanks for stopping by. I love Salt Spring and would love to see it in the other seasons of course. You are very lucky to live in that spot overlooking the ocean and the harbour. The sunrise was amazing. We were fortunate enough to spend a couple of days in Spring and saw the hummingbirds which were pretty incredible.

  6. Hey kid you better get your butt back over here! There is a thing or two left for you to see. XO Dar

    • Hey Dar, I would love to come back and know we will at some stage but for now we have a few other places lined up for the rest of the year. You never know what could happen though πŸ™‚ XX

  7. SchΓΆn…

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