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Saltspring Island Paradise

A travel journal to Salt Spring Island by Falstaff537

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Quote: Find out why so many people make Saltspring Island their vacation destination. With it's peaceful scenery and varied activities, it could be the ideal place for your next get-away!

Saltspring Island Paradise

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Hope Point, SSI Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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Climbing Mt. Maxwell and gazing down over Fulford Harbor is a wonderful experience, whether you live there or are just visiting. I always enjoy a picnic in Ruckles' Park or on one of many beaches. Walking through the Saturday Market is fun, too. You can see a bit of the local artistry as people gather to sell their wares at the park in downtown Ganges.Quick Tips: Because the island is accessible only by one of three ferries or float plane, it's a good idea to make reservations during the summer. Otherwise you could be in the ferry parking lot for quite some time!Best Way To Get Around: Downtown is a wonderful walk, but the best way to get there from the ferries is by taxi or drivi...Read More
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Very nice hotel, although the front rooms get hot in the summer. There's a great view of Ganges Harbor from the front rooms and you can sit out on the balcony, watching the sun rise in the morning. Incredible sight! The staff is friendly and helpful, too. I would recommend the ocean view, ground floor rooms. They don't get as much sun and still have a great view.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2000

Harbor House Hotel
121 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia V8K 2S2
(250) 537-5571

Salt Spring Island Hostel

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Hotel | "Saltspring Island Hostel"

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This beautiful place is on 10 acres of forested land, and you can go hiking or walk to the beach, ocean or lake. For non-members, the cost is $19.50 CAN per night. You can stay in a dorm, a private family room, a treehouse or even a tipi! Lots of character. There's a shared kitchen, living room and a fireplace for winter evenings. Very nice!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Salt Spring Island Hostel
640 Cushion Lake Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-4149

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Very peaceful. They are right near the water and you can watch the sunset each night. There are suites or a self-contained cottage available and they have kayaks and fishing stuff available for use as well as a beach for swimming. And don't forget the Gourmet Country breakfast.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Stonecutter's Rest
170 Simson Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-4415

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Ruckle's Park is a heritage farm with a large area for camping near the ocean. It's absolutely gorgeous and has some wonderful hikes. No real beaches, just sloping rock, and rainforest. It's possible to get somewhat secluded, although camping is in designated areas only.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2002

Ruckle's Park
South End
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Boardwalk Cafe

Restaurant | "The Boardwalk Cafe"

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A nice, relaxing place to sit down after a morning of sightseeing. You have a choice between sitting indoors in the homey atmosphere of the cafe or outside at tables overlooking the marina. Or, if you prefer, there is a takeout window as well.

The food is about average, with standard fare such as eggs and ham, sandwiches, etc. But the service is very friendly. And the place is a bit off the main drag so it's quieter than some of the other places.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2000

Boardwalk Cafe
106 Fulford-Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-5747

Bouzouki Greek Cafe

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Restaurant

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Overlooking the harbor, this pleasant restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy an evening meal. The wait staff are friendly and helpful, and the food is heavenly. You'll be surrounded by pictures of the owners' homeland and serandaded with classic Greek music while you wait for your food.

I've eaten there many times and like all the food, but when it comes to desserts, Ouzo cake or the almond-cream confection (the name is too complicated to remember) are the top choices. If you select a souvlaki, Steve will cook it outside on the grill, right where you can watch!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2000

Bouzouki Greek Cafe
115 Fulford-Ganges Rd #2104
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-4181

Dagwood's Diner

Restaurant

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This is Saltspring's greasy spoon. They have the standard breakfast fare and sandwiches. Nothing special.

If you're into the whole cholesterol kick, go for this place; I guarantee you lots of fat!

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 21, 2000

Dagwood's Diner
Upper Ganges Center
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-9323

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Sam, the owner of this restaurant is the highlight of the eating experience. He's always ready with a grin and a joke, but the food is good, too! My personal favorite is the Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, but you'll find most standard Chinese fare on the menu.

While you're there, you might run into the local cops or paramedics who often eat there between calls. There's lots of local flavor at Golden Island.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2000

Golden Island Restaurant
336 Upper Ganges Center
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-2535

Moby's Marine Pub

Restaurant

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Look out over Ganges Harbor from this unique building and enjoy a delicious burger and a beer.

Moby's features a bar on the upper of it's two split-levels and lots of seating, plus the occasional live band. Their burgers are the best on the island!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2000

Moby's Marine Pub
124 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-5559

Luigi's Pizza

Restaurant

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This place has the most delicious pizza you have ever tasted! There isn't really any room to eat in the pizzaria, so it's best to order it to go and make a picnic of it. You can order by the slice or by the pizza.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Luigi's Pizza
142 Fulford-Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-5660

Embe Bakery

Restaurant

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This bakery is open super early in the morning so ferry commuters can stop in for a bite and a coffee before the first ferry in Fulford. They bake an amazing variety of goods and have sandwiches available as well as entire loaves of yummy bread in several flavors. Be sure to try out their world famous Orange Pecan Cookies!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Embe Bakery
1-174 Fulford Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-5611

Mount Maxwell

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Attraction

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Absolutely gorgeous! It's in a park, so the trees are thick and green and everywhere you look it's just stunningly beautiful. And the view from the top is incredible.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2000

Mount Maxwell

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Centennial Park

Attraction

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There's a broad sidewalk along the front of the park where teenagers hang out most of the time and where the Saturday Market is held. The children's playground takes up a corner and there's lots of grassy space to play Frisbee, have a picnic or just relax and take a nap in the sun.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2000

Centennial Park

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Cinema Central

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Attraction

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Well, this isn't your average movie theatre. It's an old hall that is used for a whole bunch of local activities and at night is transformed into a theatre. The screen is much smaller than usual city theatres and the seats, though comfy, are not on a slant, so make sure you get there early enough to sit in the front where you can see.

The movies are listed in the Driftwood (the local paper) and also on the chalkboard outside the cinema. It's worth going, just for that small-town charm.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 21, 2000

Cinema Central
Central Hall
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Mount Maxwell

Attraction | "Saltspring Guided Rides"

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Take a meandering ride on horseback along the base of Mount Maxwell. I went several years ago and enjoyed it immensely. It is a guided tour, so don't expect to do any fast riding; they work at a level beginners can follow. But it's a nice way to see part of the island.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Mount Maxwell

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Fable's Cottage

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Attraction

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A couple of local women started this children's bookstore/art supplier up just recently. It's had great reviews so far; the owners are friendly and willing to discuss anything with you. Give the kids a break from museums to muck around with clay or paint.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Fable's Cottage
112 Hereford Avenue
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Kayaking

Attraction | "Sea Otter Kayaking"

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My sister rented kayaks for my birthday several years ago and we paddled out to Chocolate Island (in Ganges Harbor, it has a white shell beach) and enjoyed a picnic lunch and some exploring. It was a wonderful way to relax and see the island from a different viewpoint.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Kayaking

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Saturday Market

Attraction

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Local artisans and musicians descend upon the park about 7:30 in the morning to stake out good vending places. In mid-summer, the market swells to hundreds of vendors and spills into the parking lot beside the park.

I enjoy the unique island flavor of the market. You'll find everything from paintings and lovely pottery to self-published books and knitted socks to homemade jams and wind chimes and furniture. Everyone loves to talk and it's a great place to pick up info on the island.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Saturday Market

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

West of the Moon

Attraction

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A wonderful place for children. There are lots of user-friendly toys and the owners don't mind kids touching the merchandise before buying. They have a lot of unique items in this store and you'll enjoy it as much as your children.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

West of the Moon
105 Purvis Lane
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

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A bit on the dingy side. The owners want to sell, so they haven't spruced the place up lately. The bowling lanes are automated, but scoring is by hand. They also have typical pool hall food, burgers, etc. Nothing special. There's a small playground out back for the little ones.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

King's Lane Recreation
154 King's Lane
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

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