The past four days and three nights we got to discover the magic of traveling to Ganges, Salt Spring Island. Both Glen and I have lived on Vancouver Island our entire lives and we’ve never made the trip to Salt Spring Island until Now. You might be asking why now? Well, here’s the story:
One night, during commercial break, Glen went to make popcorn. I decided to hop on Facebook to answer the messages that had been waiting for me the last few days. On my way to my inbox, I happened to see an ad for “The Cottages”. I click on it and immediately booked a two night stay… all during commercial break.
We vowed to make this 2020 extra special and travel. But when Covid hit in March it put a huge damper on our traveling plans. So the last six months we’ve been traveling around BC!
Since the end of 2019 we’ve traveled to: Osoyoos, Banff, Whistler, Vancouver, Kelowna, Revelstoke, San Josef, Tofino, Victoria and Salt Spring Island.
Getting To Ganges, Salt Spring Island
There are two ways to get to Salt Spring Island;
From Victoria and Crofton. Since we’re from Campbell River, we crossed at the Crofton ferry terminal. This terminal is the smallest terminal we’ve ever seen and the ferry ride is just under twenty-five minutes. The best part is, it’s half the cost of going to Vancouver and the return trip is free!
Once across, Ganges is a quick 7 km drive away. Ganges is packed full of small shops, delicious eats and friendly faces.
Our first few glimpses of Ganges I described it as a mix between Comox and Tofino. It is so magical and a place I would love to move to someday.
The shops along the main strip in Ganges all hold their own magic. You wont find China-made products in this town. Most stores hold ethical products that are one-of-a-kind. Water is a precious source on this Island and like water, most store owners only source products that sustain the Earth.
In all the shopping we did on the Island, we didn’t receive one plastic bag, straw or cup! This Island is all about paving the way for sustainability and keeping the trade as ethical as possible.
One of my favourite shops in Ganges was Cedar Mountain Studios shown above.
Another one of my favourite shops was Salt Pure Goods. This store was full of beautiful local clothing, knits and goods.
I ended up leaving with a wool throw blanket, some kitchen scrubbers as well as some bamboo clothing.
Glen on the other hand loved Axe & Reel. It’s a rigid store for the manly man. It’s a mixture of antique and vintage goods and clothing, with new hunting & fishing gear.
While on Salt Spring Island we did try out a few restaurants. We took our kids to The Treehouse Cafe. The restaurant in super unique and has vines and leaves intertwined into the walls. The kids thought it was pretty cool.
Keep in mind, there are very few tables and you might have to wait 10-40 minutes to get in. Once in, the food is absolutely scrumptious and the service is beyond good!
Where To Stay On Ganges, Salt Spring Island
But let’s move onto what actually go me onto the Island – The Cottages.
The Cottages are situated on Bullock Lake about eight minutes from the ferry terminal. I really can’t say more good things about our experience here.
Typically, when booking a hotel for our family of six, we either have to pay an arm and a leg for a big enough hotel room or we have to book two hotel rooms. This normally dictates how many days we’re able to travel and what location we travel to.
These Cottages are super huge ( bigger than our actual home ) The cabin we stayed in was over 1,600 square feet with three floors and you have a lake with a dock and canoes steps away from your patio!
The cottages also come with fully stocked kitchens which we found super amazing. Immediately upon entering Ganges, we went the local Thrifty Foods and bought groceries to last us the 4 days and 3 nights we were staying. The saved us a ton of money and we only ended up eating out 3 times the entire time we were there.
Of course, there are so many delicious eats in Ganges, Salt Spring Island but feeding our crew of six is no cheap bill!
The Cottages has two canoes and four paddle boards for your use. They’re first come first serve. Since it was quite cold when we were there, we had them to ourselves the entire time!
There was so much to do on Salt Spring Island, we didn’t even touch everything this beautiful Island had to offer.
This stay on Salt Spring Island was one to remember and I can assure you we will be back very soon.
Have you ever been to Salt Spring Island? Where did you go? What Did you eat and where did you stay?