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Kayaking the Gulf Islands
“How I wish that somewhere there existed an Island for those who are wise and of goodwill.
In such a place, even I would be an ardent patriot.”
– Albert Einstein
The largest of the Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island is a hotbed of creative talent, inspired by its forested, coastal landscapes. Close to both Vancouver and Victoria, yet miles away from anywhere. Here you’ll fine a wealth of artisans ranging from jewelers, to potters, clothing designers to woodworkers, sculptors, musicians and poets. Take the self guided Studio Tour to see the artists at work or bring home an original. The island offers the visitor magical rainforest walks strewn with whimsical fairy doors, coves for kayaking, and beaches for swimming, beach combing or just contemplating.In addition there are numerous galleries including the Ganges Art Walk taking in nine different galleries just minutes’ from Hedgerow House. Every week from April to October, the legendary Salt Spring Saturday Market draws visitors from near and far: ‘bake it, make it or grow it’ is the mantra.
The music scene is vibrant, with live concerts every day throughout summer, while if it’s art you’re after, the island’s creative talent is on show at every gallery and studio.
Salt Spring Island is known as the organic farming capital of Canada. It’s the source of an incredible variety of fruit and vegetables as well as wineries, apple orchards, a cidery and a craft brewery. You’ll find farm stands of fresh veggies, fruits and even books at every corner, so stop by and pick the freshest produce to take home. Salt Spring is home to over 300 varieties of apples and if you’re lucky enough to be here in September, why not visit the Apple Festival and sample some apples or cider.
Spring Island is a 20-minute flight from downtown Vancouver, or a scenic ferry ride from Tsawwassen or Victoria.
The following are some useful links for your Salt Spring Island visit:
Calendar of Salt Spring Events : Salt Spring Island provides visitors with a wide range of events throughout the year to suit every taste. Why not combine your stay with one of them to add another dimension
The Artscape Salt Spring Island is a magnet for artists of all stripes providing visitors with the opportunity to not only visit the many galleries but also to meet with the artists and artisans in their own studios. The Easter Art Tour kicks off the art season on the island each April giving visitors the opportunity …
The Music Scene. On Salt Spring Island you’ll hear music of every kind: you often hear live music floating on the summer air from several venues in the Ganges area or even further afield. Visit one of the many live music venues or why not book tickets for a concert before you arrive ? Check out these venues:
ArtSpring Theatre: regular world class live music performances right in the centre of Gamges
Southend Grooveyard: A unique island experience featuring Roots and Americana music throughout the summer in a fabulous forest setting.
Salt Spring Folk Club: regular folk music concerts throughout the fall, winter and spring at Fulford Village Hall.
Tree House Cafe: 120 nights of local live music from May to late September.
Moby’s Pub: Ganges own pub/music venue with live music most evenings through the year.
For Culture Vultures: We are fortunate to have a very varied cultural scene here on Salt Spring Island, ranging from the whimsical to world class. The Artspring Theatre in the centre of Ganges is the focal point for cultural events and just a 10-minute stroll from Hedgerow House. ArtSpring has a wide variety of theatre entertainment, dance, comedy and lectures throughout the year. Why not combine a stay at Hedgerow House with some world class music or a show? Here is a detailed listing of upcoming events at ArtSpring Theatre.
Restaurants: Salt Spring Island offers a wide selection of dining options from the ultra-casual to the formal and everything in between. Most of the restaurants are located in the village of Ganges and are within easy walking distance of Hedgerow House (7 – 10 minutes walk) :
- The Tree House Cafe Casual dining with live music every night throughout the summer. $ No reservations
- Auntie Pesto : West Coast and Seafood,Casual $$. Reservations preferred especially on weekends.
- Hastings House Bistro (New) . Classic French / West coast style $$+ Reservations needed in high season and weekends
- Hastings House Restaurant , Classic French style fine dining $$$. reservations needed in high season and weekends
- House Piccolo: Scandinavian, Intimate and more fine dining,(Open Wed – Sun only) $$+, Definitely reservations required esp on weekends
- Harbour House : Organic dining, Casual $$, Reservations ok
- Rock Salt Cafe : Comfort food and great coffee in Fulford Harbour $$ ( 20 mins drive)
- Seaside Restaurant in Vesuvius, Great fish and Chips, great sunsets, Casual $, Reservations preferred esp on weekends ( 10 minute drive)
Please check the opening times as they may be restricted or different. We have the menus available in our in-house directory and are happy to assist with reservations.
Salt Spring Island is a paradise for outdoor activities or even some that are not so outdoor ! Whether you enjoy active pursuits such as kayaking, hiking, sailing or biking, or more gentle activities such as skippered sailing, fishing, golf, beach combing or just touring – maybe with some wine tasting thrown in- it’s all here for you.
Here is a list of operators that offer a wide variety of organized activities:
Island Escapades: Offer guided half or full day kayaking tours, hiking and camping adventures as well as equipment rentals and an outdoor clothing store. Guests of Hedgerow House receive a 10% discount on all tours.
Whale Watching Tours: Take a zodiac tour among the Gulf Islands and see Orcas, sea lions and eagles with the added bonus of guaranteed sightings.
Lorinda sailing: sail the magical Salt Spring Island waters aboard a classic sailboat. 3.5 hour tours including sunset sailings.
Golf and Country Club: Salt Spring has a scenic 9-hole golf course just minutes from Hedgerow House with a full pro shop and club house restaurant.
Salt Spring Island Tours: Enjoy guided tours of Salt Spring Island including culinary tours. Pick up and drop off can be arranged including the ferry terminals or directly from Hedgerow House.