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Refreshing Summer Living on Salt Spring Island

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Courtesy: Saltspring Tourism

Close to both Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, and the Sunshine Coast, Salt Spring Island offers escape and some summer refreshment.

One of the Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia’s Strait of Georgia, Salt Spring Island almost has a rural feel, with local wildlife, farms sprinkled throughout and a vibrant downtown core in Ganges. The island offers mild weather, incredible views, and friendly and creative people, so needless to say, a stay at a Salt Spring Island Bed and Breakfast is sure to be pleasantly memorable.

Anchor Point Bed and Breakfast Suite
Relax in the Terrace Suite at the sailclub on Ganges harbour. Private self contained designer queen-size 1 bedroom suite, with living/dining space, WiFi/cable/DVD/MP3 and harbour views. Island breakfasts delivered to your suite. The convenience of Full Service, but with total privacy. All “Yours to Enjoy”.

Quarrystone House
All four guest rooms are located in a separate building from the main house, joined by a patio, ensuring complete privacy. All rooms have their own entrance, private patio/balcony, fireplace,  jacuzzi tub, WiFi/tv/dvd, fridge, microwave, robes etc. A full three course country breakfast is served, kids and pets welcome.

Salt Spring has so much to offer, you can’t take it all in over just one visit. Visit the Saturday Morning Market in Ganges Centennial Park, for a taste of what grows here; be sure to sample the island’s kiwi and olive.  The wines of Salt Spring Island are world renowned – indeed it is difficult to keep the blackberry port on the shelves. Thanks to the mild climate, the wines are known for their fruity tastes and earthy aromas. There are two wineries on Salt Spring Island, both of which are open for visitation and tastings.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking to the top of Mount Maxwell or through 80 Acre Park, kayaking the shoreline, and biking along quiet country roads. Many spots on the island offer terrific views of Vancouver Island, the Coast Mountains on the mainland of British Columbia, and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.

When ready to relax, try an afternoon at a spa, or an evening of good food and music at a restaurant or pub. Of course, it is also lovely to curl up with a good book at a Salt Spring Island BC Bed and Breakfast.

Salt Spring Film Festival Celebrates Arts Culture in BC Gulf Islands

Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Salt Spring Film Festival

Projector Lens The annual Salt Spring Film Festival highlights today’s local, regional, national and international cultural and social issues.

The 2013 Salt Spring Film Festival will be held March 1-3 on Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands region of British Columbia, Canada.

This film festival aspires to inform and stimulate islanders and visitors alike by presenting independent documentary film from BC, Canada and beyond. The films explore the arts, culture, social justice and environmental and humanitarian issues.  The filmmakers attending the festival present their work and lead dynamic discussions about the concerns they raise.

In addition to the films and discussions, Salt Spring Film Festival also serves up delicious, organic local food and other events to delight and engage attendees.  Admission to the festival is by donation to benefit the non-profit Salt Spring Film Festival Society.

We recommend you match your film festival experience with the locally owned and managed BC Gulf Islands lodging of our member bed and breakfast inns, where hospitality and cultural awareness are paramount to your hosts.


Salt Spring Island Fall Fair Goes Back to Its Roots in 2012

Saturday, August 18th, 2012
Salt Spring Fall Fair Needlepoint Entry

The Salt Spring Fall Fair celebrates the agriculture & artistry of this destination in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada.

This year’s Salt Spring Island Fall Fair, one of the oldest such fairs of the Gulf Islands and British Columbia, will be held September 15 & 16, 2012.  Over 9,000 attended last year’s event, so now is the time to make your travel plans and secure your Gulf Islands lodging.

The Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute, organizers of this annual farm fair on charming Salt Spring Island, have christened the 2012 festival “From Barns to Yarns” (both the wool and storytelling variety of the latter) and hailed their efforts as a deliberate return to its roots, emphasizing the agricultural experience over the electronic marketing of it.

The 2012 lineup of events, competitions, entertainment, games, demonstrations and exhibitions certainly show that the agricultural core of the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair is alive, well, and ready to entertain and educate fair-goers. (more…)

Gulf Islands

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Consisting of 225 islands, the Gulf Islands are truly one of the World’s most amazingly breathtaking destinations. Whether you are looking to go kayaking, hiking, fishing, golfing, or simply to relax on the beach, the Gulf Islands is the place to go. Although most of the islands are quite small and only accessible by boat or kayak, many of them offer unique tourist attractions.

beautiful Gulf Islands scenery

Six of the most commonly visited islands include Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna and Gabriola. Since all of these islands are well served by ferry services and float planes, it is easy to pick up and island hop during a vacation. Not only can one take in the crisp ocean air while lounging at one of the many fantastic restaurants serving up locally grown food, you can also visit a local Gulf Islands scuba diving shop and experience some of the most stunningly beautiful marine life on the planet.  Kayaking is another favorite activity on the islands.  All of these activities are right outside your door when you take a trip to the Gulf Islands.

During your island vacation, and between the exploring and beachcombing, the Gulf Islands are home to some magnificent BC Bed and Breakfasts. Located on Gabriola Island, just a quick ferry ride from the Harbour City of Nanaimo, Wur Here B and B boasts two private suites with private entrances & kitchen areas, heated floors in the en-suite, fridge, microwave, tv/dvd, WiFi, a private deck and a shared hot tub. With many walking trails, and a well known arts & culture scene, Gabriola Island and Wur Here B & B is a must visit.

Located just south of Gabriola Island is the very popular Salt Spring Island which is home to Quarrystone House and the Anchor Point Bed & Breakfast Suite. Situated on 5 acres of land, Quarrystone House has four rooms which are located in a separate building from the main house but joined by a patio, ensuring complete privacy. All rooms have their own entrance, private patio/balcony, fireplace, jacuzi tub, WiFi, tv/dvd, fridge, microwave and robes. A full three course country breakfast is served each morning at Quarrystone House. For those possibly looking for an even more private location, the Anchor Point Bed & Breakfast Suite has a beautiful view of Ganges Harbour with a private self contained designer queen-size 1 bedroom suite with living/dining space. Enjoy the morning view during a speciality island breakfast.

So make sure to book your next island getaway to the Gulf Islands and experience the sought after island lifestyle.