Salt Spring Island Journals

Running Away to Saltspring

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An October 2001 trip to Salt Spring Island by Re Carroll

My means of escape Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: Although Saltspring is the largest of the Gulf Islands, it is an island of simple pleasures. It is well known for the laid back lifestyle of its residents and it's the perfect place to get away from it all, relax and enjoy Saltspring's scenic charm.

Running Away to Saltspring

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Overview

My means of escape Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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Stressed to the max, I packed a few good books and my favourite walking shoes and ran away to Saltspring for some R&R. I started to rejuvenate as soon as the ferry left the dock. The boat trip through the islands was especially scenic since the leaves were changing colors and multicolored trees were everywhere. When we landed at Long Harbour, I decided to walk in Ganges, Saltspring's largest village. It was onl 3 1/2 miles away but that's along winding and hilly roads so it seemed much further, especially with a back pack. Luckily, numerous art studios along the way made intersting places to take a break. I stayed in Ganges with its pretty little harbour and interesting gall...Read More

Harbor House Hotel

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Hotel | "Harbour House Hotel"

Harbor House Hotel Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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This place was recommended by a co-worker and is one of the best travel bargains I''ve found in a long time. The two storey building is a 5 minute walk from the center of Ganges and is directly across from the harbour. Most rooms are on the 2nd floor but there are some main floor rooms for those with mobility issues since the hotel doesn''t have an elevator. There is also a newer, separate annex with rooms that include a fireplace. I stayed in the main building and my room was huge with a sloped cedar ceiling, two queen size beds and French doors that led to the balcony. The bathroom was small but had an assortment of toiletries in a wicker basket and lots of towels. The balcony...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2001

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

Hastings House

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Hotel | "Hastings House Country House Hotel"

Hastings House Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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Although the hotel I stayed at was nice, Hastings House is far above and beyond nice. This property belongs to the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group and is easily the nicest accommodation on the island. I would have felt very guilty enjoying this luxury without my hubby so I contented myself with peeks into their guest suites/cottages and a walk through some of their 25 acres. Sheep graze in the field and there are wooden boardwalks and trails that take you into the forest with views of the harbour through the trees.The best way to describe the hotel is "casually elegant" since many of the buildings are west coast cedar designed to blend into the trees for privacy. Some are right on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2001

Hastings House
160 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia V8K2S2
250-537-2362

Tree House Cafe

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Restaurant

Tree House Cafe Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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This place gets its name because most of the tables here are in the outside courtyard, around a big tree. There are large canvas umbrellas above each table so you don't have to worry about leaves falling into your meal. There is also a tiny eating area inside with two tables but it's very crowded so I wouldn't recommend it. The menu has lots of vegetarian features such as tofu sandwiches. That might sound odd but I had a teriyaki ginger marinated tofu sandwich piled high with bean sprouts, red onion and tomatoe slices and the combination of flavours was delicious. They also have a Thai peanut tofu sandwich that the waitress said was her favourite. The soup of the day was mulligatwany, made wi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2001

Tree House Cafe
106 Purvis Lane
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-9644

Harbour House Bistro

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Restaurant

Harbour House Bistro Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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Located in the Harbour House Hotel, this restaurant has something for all tastes - burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta, seafood and meat dishes. For breakfast, I had a hard time making a decision. Although the Admiral's omelette with shrimp, crab and hollandaise sauce was intriguing, I chose the Harbour House Special omelette. It was filled with ham and cheese and came with toast and crispy home fried potatoes. Artistically arranged on a very large colorful plate and with soft rock oldies like Steely Dan and Mellancamp in the background, this was a really relaxing way to start the day. The price was $6.95 and the portion was so large that I couldn't finish it all. The restaurant is spac...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2001

Harbour House Bistro
121 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(888) 799-5571

Tides Inn

Restaurant

Tides Inn Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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This restaurant is in an old house, across the street from the main shopping area of Ganges. The decor is pretty eclectic - old fashioned floral wallpaper, lace curtains, swag lamps made from tiny shells and ceramic fish statues on the wall. It made me hesitate about eating here but I like Thai food and when I spotted Pad Thai on the menu, I decided to give this place a try.The menu is also eclectic-Thai, Chinese and Western items like rack of lamb and pasta. I almost abandoned Pad Thai in favor of the Saki Seafood Pot, a mix of prawns, scallops, salmon, ginger, onions and tomatoes in saki - maybe next time.People at the table beside me raved about their Szechaun Chicken and vegetables th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2001

Tides Inn
132 Lower Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-1097

Kanaka Restaurant

Restaurant

Kanaka Restaurant Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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Kanaka is located at the Kanaka Wharf in downtown Ganges and the large windows allow for great views of the wharf and harbor. You can watch the Salt Spring Water Taxi as it returns for a trip to one of the neighboring islands.I stopped in for lunch and it was pretty empty but that could be because it was 2:30 pm and the tourist season is basically finished for the year.The lunch menu featured burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips and quesadillas, including a Greek one filled with feta cheese, red onion, olives and tomatoes. I had one of their daily specials - sandwich, fries and soup. The fries and ham and cheese bun were good but the best part was the creamy potato and leek chowder. At $6...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2001

Kanaka Restaurant
104 Manson Ganges
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
(250) 537-5041

Mouat's

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Attraction

Mouat's Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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Mouat's has been on Saltspring since 1907 and sells casual, outdoor wear for women and kids. Like everything on Saltspring, this is not your average establishment. Their advertising says "An uncommon collection of style and colourful people" and they aren't kidding. Painted on the ceiling is a large cartoon map of Saltspring and the displays throughout the store are a riot of colours, textures and fabrics. There are lots of arctic fleece tops and beautiful woven sweaters from Bolivia. Prices aren't cheap - the Bolivian sweaters average $170.00 (CDN) and the fleece is $75.00-$100.00 but the quality is excellent. You won't find silky lingerie but thick flannel and fleece pajamas and robe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2001

Mouat's
Ganges Village
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Art Galleries & Studios

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Attraction | "Art Galleries & Studios"

Art Galleries & Studios Photo, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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Saltspring is billed as "Canada's Art Lovers Getaway" and one of its most famous residents is wildlife artist, Robert Bateman. He doesn't open his studio to visitors but there are many other artists that do. From mid-April to mid-October, Market in the Park happens every Saturday at Centennial Park in Ganges. Local artists display and sell their work and you can find pottery, paintings, jewellery, clothes, produce, home made jams, jellies, candies, etc. From June to September, the Community Arts Council presents ArtCraft which showcases the work of over 200 Gulf Islands artists. The Tourist Information Centre in Ganges has a couple of brochures for self guided tours of galleries and stu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2001

Art Galleries & Studios
Throughout Saltspring
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

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Re Carroll

Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia

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