1. Slow Down
The second you board the ferry or plane to hop over to Salt Spring Island, time slows down. It's the kind of relaxing, refreshing, wind-in-your-hair feeling that you only get on a true vacation. So take your time as you explore the biggest of the Gulf Islands and spend a night at the Hastings House for a truly rejuvenating visit.
2. Visit the Saturday Market
Every Saturday from Easter until late October, Salt Spring Island hosts one of the most beloved outdoor markets in Canada: Salt Spring's Saturday Market.
Situated alongside the ocean in beautiful Centennial Park, right in the heart of Ganges, the Saturday Market is a must-do if you're ever on Salt Spring over the weekend. Even if you're not necessarily in the market for anything, the gorgeous location, laid-back island vibe and fabulous homemade food and crafts combine to create an atmosphere unlike any other. But be warned, resisting the temptation of the incredible food and goodies available for purchase can be a challenge! Either way, it's the perfect recipe for a fabulous day out.
Over 140 artisans and food producers set up shop at the market and as the island is recognized as a hotbed of artists - often referred to as "Canada's Island of the Arts" - expect a vast array of different types of art. Potters, jewelers, fibre artists, photographers and more all make their wares available at the market.
The Salt Spring Saturday Market runs from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. During summer months, watch for vendors setting up closer to 8 a.m.
3. Get Active
Salt Spring Island is the perfect destination for you and your bike, hiking boots or kayak. Whichever way you prefer to discover the island's natural beauty - do it!
Hike: The views from Mount Maxwell are absolutely stunning and Salt Spring Island has acres of wilderness for you to enjoy. Find a quiet trail and see where it takes you!
Boat: Pick up a paddle or hop on a sailboat to discover the area's relatively calm waters. The abundance of wildlife in the area and the stunning scenery make for some of the world's most amazing boating.
Bike: Explore the whole island on two wheels. Ride through secluded forests, past small farms and artisan workshops and celebrate with something special in Ganges or at a local winery.
4. Meet Local Artists
Known as "Canada's Island of the Arts," Salt Spring Island is home to some of Canada's most famous and many lesser known, equally talented artists and artisans. You can explore the island's vibrant arts scene on a self-guided studio tour or reach out to EV Tours, who would love to customize a tour for you based on your interests. They know the small, hidden studios you must see and can show you local hotspots that you may otherwise miss.