Salt Spring Island Market - in pictures
I spent last weekend on glorious Salt Spring Island, a holiday haunt that I have been coming to for over 20 years now (wow, that makes me sound old!). Salt Spring is the largest of the BC Gulf Islands and, in my opinion, is the best. It is immensely popular, especially in summer, which must annoy the locals, but it still offers the best of both worlds. There are numerous B&B's scattered throughout the hilly island, as well as hotels, vacation rentals and a hostel. We stay at the outstation of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club...we just sail our boat over, hook it up to the dock and enjoy all the anemities of the island lifestyle.
Aside from sailing your boat over, you can take a float plane or the BC Ferries. There are two ferry terminals on the island, one at Long Harbour (where our boat is) and another at Vesuvius Bay and Fulford Harbour.
There are many things to do on the island and I have done them all. Climb or visit Mount Maxwell, go horseback riding, visit the sheep paddocks (Salt Spring Island lamb is on par with New Zealand lamb - SO GOOD!), go kayaking, go snorkeling, rent a boat, go fishing, crabbing, go swimming in the ocean or in the lakes, go on a self-guided drive of all the artist enclaves (studios abound on this island).
Speaking of artists, in liu of driving around to each studio, the best way to sample them is to go to the Market, held every Saturday from April to October. We actually bought a kitten here one year, lol: