Salt Spring Island

My family packed it up and headed north to Canada over Memorial Day weekend.  Our destination was Salt Spring Island, part of Canada's Southern Gulf Islands.  The island has been featured in Sunset Magazine [ here , here and here].  It has been on my "must visit" list for quite some time.  We actually planned our trip last minute and I am so happy we did.  It was the perfect place for our little family.  Our trip was remarkable.

[a sunny ferry ride]

Here are our highlights and must-sees for Salt Spring Island:

1.  Salt Spring Island's Saturday Market
Each Saturday, from Easter weekend (or first Saturday in April) through the last Saturday
in October. From about 8:30am - 4pm, rain or shine.  More than 140 artisans and food producers gather in Centennial Park in the heart of Ganges.

[Big W was drawn to the booth with rocks from all over the world.]

An amazing park with easy trails, beaches and breathtaking views!  [We actually didn't spend enough time here.]

3.  Taking in the views and the amazing open space. 
[Ganges Harbor, Little Man at Ruckle Park, the boys watching sea planes take off one after another]

The road is narrow and bumpy, but this was chosen as the favorite outdoor activity by all three Thomas boys.  It was pretty spectacular and well worth the drive.  The morning we visited was especially misty.  It blocked the spectacular view, but made the forest seem magical!

There are on-your-honor farm stands all over the island.  Usually at the end of a long drive way, we saw stands offering baked goods, eggs, flowers, preserves, and coffee.  Our favorite was the farm stand at the 15-acre farm run by the Harbour House Hotel. 
[we went for the baked goods.]

Harlan's is an old school candy shop with homemade chocolate and caramels, penny candy, Gelato, and ridiculously large lollipops.

[I enjoyed pink grapefruit gelato and Big W dove into the lollipop.]

There is just so much, so tomorrow I will share the rest of our Salt Spring Island highlights and my tips on where to stay and how to get there. 

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