A 30-minute float plane hop is all it takes to transport you to a world of peaceful, eco-conscious island dwellers comprised of artists, big-city escapees, and maybe even a few misanthropes.
Salt Spring is clearly a respite to this eclectic population. The creatives, the nature-seekers, the literary introspectives, the locavore chefs, the trail-runners, the road-racing cyclists and the luxury lifestyle-seekers – they all contribute to the unique demographic of this island get-a-way. And, no matter what your personal itinerary, Salt Spring Island will transport you, so completely, to a place far from the frenzied and hectic pace of city life.
Adding to Salt Spring’s healing, peaceful vibe is its focus on sustainability. Community supported agriculture (CSA) programs are offered at several local farms, surplus produce is sent to those in need and the island’s Nut Tree Project makes plant-based protein (which bears a lesser carbon footprint) accessible to all.
The Island food scene includes 224 farms (many of them organic), a bustling bi-weekly market and a collection of friendly “Cheers-style” restaurants. You’ll also find a variety of coffee houses, pasta bars, patio eateries and at the top of the scale, for your fine dining desires, the Relais & Chateaux experience.
Though Salt Spring is home to just 10,000 residents, community festivities are not lacking. Upcoming events include the Garlic & Music Festival (August 8-9), Apple Festival (Oct 4) and Sip and Savour (Oct 10-12).
So, if you’re fortunate enough to be spending a weekend exploring this unique retreat, here’s where to eat and what to do: