Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

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Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

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Salt Spring Island _ an escape from Vancouver

Artisan boutiques and organic farms set to the scents of lavender welcome folk to Salt Spring Island. The largest of the Southern Gulf Islands and a hub of free-thinking, creative Vancouverites for decades, it's a pretty little enclave in the Strait of Georgia. You can spend trips wandering its low mountain passes between Douglas firs and craggy rocks. You can do literary workshops with local writers. You can go New Age with a spirituality retreat. You can shop in hearty farmers markers. Or you can simply unwind and relax in Salt Spring Island vacation rentals, overlooking the sleepy harbors.

Get creative in Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island has a well-deserved reputation for creativity. Painters, musicians, literary writers and performers have been heading to its shores in search of inspiration for decades. Today, that translates into a whole host of different workshops and classes. You can do guided photography tours, go on art walks through the independent galleries, or try your hand at basketry and nature writing. Yoga retreats also dot the countryside here, while regular organic markets in the summertime showcase the tasty produce of the Salt Spring farms.

Art and nature in Salt Spring Island

The well-known Artist Studio Tour is the best way to check off the multitude of independent art galleries and workshops that pepper the island. It takes in over 30 stops, offering a menagerie of sculpture works, portraiture and even cheese making. Salt Spring Island vacation rentals are also a perfect base for exploring the wild beauty of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Kayaks or private boat hires can get you out there _ a patchwork of lanky Douglas firs and rugged cliffs, where whales can sometimes be spotted from the lookouts.

Summers beckon in Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island's great outdoors is best enjoyed with sun and dry weather. That can be tricky to come by in the Pacific Northwest, but is certainly more likely in the summer months between May and September. Booking your Salt Spring Island vacation rental then will also mean you can experience all the seasonal farmers markets, art workshops and hiking trails around the place. The months between March and October also have the best whale watching, just in case you were on the watch for orcas and humpbacks.

Peaks, farms and whale waters in Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island fragments off the side of massive Vancouver Island. A taste of the wilds of British Columbia, it's topped with pockets of Douglas fir trees and the occasional craggy mountain, that level out at Bruce Peak and Mount Tuam at over 600 meters up. If you hit the trails to conquer those, you'll pass countless organic farms _ a specialty of Salt Spring _ and handsome harbor towns like Ganges. It's just a short jaunt from the shores to the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, too _ a place of limestone beaches and salt-sprayed rocks, where killer whales are occasional visitors.