Last Updated on December 23, 2022
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A scenic ferry or floatplane ride away from the city of Vancouver makes Salt Spring Island an ideal spot for a relaxing getaway. It is the largest of the Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
Completely devoid of any chain restaurant, this is the place to support local, small businesses. Roadside stands are scattered across the island selling flowers, eggs, honey, and other wares with simply a jar for you to place your money.
You’ll feel as though you have left this century and gone back in time to an era when trust was assumed. The island is so safe that your vacation rental will be left open for you with the keys set out on the table inside. Locking your doors isn’t that common in these parts.
Salt Spring Island is best experienced from a vacation rental or bed and breakfast stay. In fact, very few hotels exist on the island and none of them are major chains. A visit to this island will bring you back to simpler times. So, staying in a quaint cabin is the perfect way to settle in and live like a local during your time here.
Your own private terrace on a Salt Spring Island orchard
Ideally located just outside of the main town of Ganges, guests can expect peace, quiet and ultimate serenity at this secluded spot. As you pull into the driveway, a wooden gate with a hand-painted sign reading ‘cabin’ leads the way to the entrance. Up the gravel path, past the shed full of firewood, the cabin’s bright red door welcomes visitors to your charming home away from home.
Situated in an orchard, the cabin’s front deck overlooks rolling green hills covered in – of no surprise – apple trees. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee every morning in Adirondack chairs on your private deck, while listening to the birds’ chirp.
Out back of the cabin is a fire pit as well as a hammock strung between two trees. If you visit during the summer months, the backyard would be the perfect place to be. Imagine make S’mores around the fire or staring up at the star-studded sky.
Rustic wood cabin with cozy vibes
While the cabin may be small, it has everything you’ll need during your stay. The kitchen is equipped with dishes and cutlery, as well as a small fridge, coffee maker, microwave and toaster oven. There is no oven or stove, so you’re limited to what you’re able to cook, but with all of the amazing restaurants on the island, it’s unlikely you’ll want to eat at home anyway.
Should you wish to dine at home, the ideal evening would include picking up one of the delicious meat or veggie pies at Embe Bakery to heat up in the toaster oven. Pair this with a glass of wine from one of the local wineries and you’re set for the perfect night in.
Inviting living area with real wood fireplace
This vacation rental is fully furnished, even boasting a double loft bed. Extra blankets are conveniently set out in a basket next to the couch. After a day of exploring, you’ll love coming back to snuggle up in front of the wood-burning fireplace in your private cabin. There’s nothing quite like the crackle (or the smell) of a real fireplace.
In true Salt Spring Island style, there is no TV. Bring cards or board games to play while you relax fireside in the evening. Lots of firewood is set on the mantle, with more in the outdoor shed, so you needn’t worry about running out. If you’d like to end the evening sipping a nightcap by the fire, be sure to stop by Shine Craft Distillery. All of their spirits are made from 100% local BC honey.
Elevated loft bed overlooks the orchard
The kitchen, living room, and bathroom are all located on the main level. The main berthing is a loft bed, located up a wooden ladder that’s bolted to the ceiling. There is a small shelf for a glass of water and your cell phone, but leave your luggage downstairs in the main living area. You won’t be doing much other than sleeping in this very comfortable loft bed.
The cottage cabin can sleep four as the futon in the living room pulls out to become a second bed if needed. The rental is best suited for a couple or family with small children as there are no bedrooms, so privacy is limited. It is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your canine companion with you.
Salt Spring Island has something for everyone
Whether you like to go adventuring (try this panoramic sea plane ride!) or just relaxing while on vacation, Salt Spring Island has just what you’re looking for. Outdoor adventures include beachcombing, kayaking, hiking, whale watching, and more. If you love art, you can spend your days visiting artist studios, guided by a map that outlines where each studio is located.
The main town of Ganges is filled with artisan shops selling numerous local goods. If you visit between April and October, be sure to stop by the Saturday Market for a wide variety of 100% local goods ranging from handmade soaps to jewellery, food, clothing, and more.
A laid-back vibe prevails all throughout the island. Leave your stresses on the mainland and succumb to a slower way of life. Coming back to your cozy cabin to snuggle up by the fire is the perfect end to a perfect day.