Orchard Cabin on Salt Spring Island is the perfect private retreat for artists, writers, poets, or musicians. It is also a great getaway for a romantic honeymoon or anniversary. Or bring the kids and the dog!
Peace and quiet surrounds you. Waken to the songbirds' serenade. Enjoy your breakfast on the deck with your freshly brewed coffee or tea. Delight in some of Salt Spring's fine locally prepared cheese or fruit preserves, wholesome breads and farm fresh eggs.
Then make your way into Ganges Village to check out ArtCraft and to browse the local shops and galleries. Saturday morning is when Salt Spring hosts the famous Salt Spring Market. Be sure to treat yourself to lunch at one of the many unique restaurants and cafes. Don't forget to try some gelato at Harlan's!
Grace Point Square is where you will find Lyman Whitaker's Wind sculptures. These mesmerizing works of art are available in Canada exclusively through Matt at Steffich Fine Art in Grace Point.
If adventure is on your mind, check out kayaking,whale watching, biking, or hiking. Take a Studio Tour. Go on a boat tour or dinner cruise. Explore Salt Spring's history or just relax at one of the many beaches, lakes and parks.
On your way back to the cabin, pick up some fresh seafood at The Fishery or some crab at Centennial dock. Add to this some fresh produce from the Salt Spring Market and a bottle of wine from one of the local vineyards to make a delicious island meal. Then bask in the balmy warmth of a summer evening on Salt Spring Island.
Have a fabulous vacation!
Salt Spring Island Attractions
Rest and relaxation on Salt Spring Island comes in myriad forms. It's easy enough to soak up the unhurried serenity, devour a beach novel, dine in style, and call it a holiday.
Others are seeking a busier getaway, and the island delivers plenty of options. Hiking, kayaking, artists and art galleries, spas and the performing arts are all popular ways to wile away the hours here.
Beaches and Swimming
The warmest ocean tides off Salt Spring lap gently in the shallow, kelp-strewn waters of Vesuvius Bay. The rocky and ridged ocean floor is uncomfortable, so bring slip-ons.
Drummond Park, across from the Fulford Inn on the island's south end, is a good spot to launch a kayak or watch the resident swans. Perhaps the best wave-pounded, soft-on-the-toes getaway is tiny Beddis Beach, which fronts onto Ganges Harbour at the far end of Beddis Beach Road about 15 minutes southeast of town.
With narrow roads and time-pressed drivers racing to catch the next ferry out, cycling requires a measure of caution here. Nonetheless, Salt Spring is renowned for two-wheeled holidays. Stamina and well-muscled legs are essential in conquering the steep grades on some parts of the island. The Heritage of Salt Spring, a map sold at local bookstores and the Visitor Centre, includes 10 detailed cycling routes complete with distance and duration.
There are two fine nine-hole golf courses on the island. Established in 1928, the Salt Spring Golf & Country Club (805 Lower Ganges Road) is west of Ganges on the way to Vesuvius Bay. Booking a tee time up to a week in advance is highly recommended at this year-round course. Further south off the Fulford-Ganges Road, Blackburn Meadows Golf Club bills itself as "Canada's #1 organic golf course" since no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used in maintaining the links-style layout. Expect to lose a ball or two in Blackburn Lake. Open from March to October.
A ladder takes you to the main sleeping queen bed in loft. The double futon in the living area is best suited for children. The cabin is ideal for a single or couple, but can sleep 4. The bathroom has a shower but no tub.+ More