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IMPRESSIVE WATERFRONT ACREAGE New MLS 292455

READY BUILDING LOT New MLS 292688

$129,900

This lot has been cleared, septic system field installed (no tank) and the driveway is in. Very quiet location, short walk to Shingle Bay & Thieves Bay Marina. Ocean glimpses that could be improved. A two story home would also capture a better view of ocean and the Pacific Marine Heritage Park. www.penderislandrealty.com

David Sherman Pender Island Realty 1-888-629-3383

SALT SPRING HOBBY FARM 10 ACRES New MLS 291943

$775,000

South end Salt Spring is home to some of the best farmland and this lush, level acreage offers beautiful pasture or market garden plots. The almost 3,000 sq.ft. 4 BR farmhouse is filled with charming details set in a private, peaceful setting. Fenced and cross-fenced fields. Barn + loft. Pond. Nestled in the Fulford Valley with countryside views!

Chris & Darlene Hobbs Sotheby’s International Realty Canada 250-537-1778

Exciting opportunity to touch the sea. Featuring 1.56 acres with 190 feet of frontage, this beautiful low bank property awaits your vision. Enjoy expansive views and marine activity from multiple building sites; a few steps from the beach. This is the perfect spot to launch your kayak or place a seasonal mooring buoy. Good driveway access and drilled well produces 15 gpm; more than enough for the avid gardener. Come, soak up the rural serenity just minutes from services and B.C. Ferries. www.penderislandrealty.com

Colin Denton & David Sherman Pender Island Realty Ltd. 1-888-629-3383

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BEAUTIFUL BEACH 2.5 ACRES New MLS 292521

$595,000

A rare opportunity to own walk-on beach front acreage! 2.5 acres of level south facing oceanfront land on desirable South Pender Island. Sunsets, eagles, orcas, interesting marine traffic, views to Southern Vancouver Island and the San Juans are all part of this magnificent setting. Poets Cove Resort is nearby offering moorage and marina facilities, pub and fine dining and scheduled seaplane service. www.penderislandrealty.com

Rob Southey Pender Island Realty Ltd. 1-888-629-3383

Quality Craftsmanship New MLS 292529

$439,000

Nestled at the end of a quiet no through street, this well maintained 3 BR home offers a bright studio, lrg living room and dining room both with wood stoves, hardwood floors, wood cabinets, skylights, wrap around deck and glimpses of Buck Lake. The sloping .52 acre lot has 2 established, fenced gardens with fruit trees, shrubs, berry bushes as well as beds for herbs and vegetables. Also, 2 garages and shop is wired 110/220. www.penderislandrealty.com

Anna Law Pender Island Realty Ltd. 1-888-629-3383

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OCEANFRONT COTTAGE New MLS 292504

$649,000

Rustic 2 bedroom oceanfront rancher on the protected shores of Boat Nook in Magic Lake Estates. Southern exposure, breath-taking views with 80 ft of oceanfront & low-bank easy access to the waters edge. This property is extremely private with a natural mature cedar hedge fence. An excellent consideration for year round living or vacation get-a-way.

Allan Trelford & David Sherman Pender Island Realty Ltd. 1-888-629-3383

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New MLS 292146

$1,200,000

Matchless, meticulous, memorable, majestic, stunning - prestigious yet with a gentle formality. 4276 sq.ft. oceanfront home has a commanding view to the south west taking in freighters, ferries, islands, whale & eagle shows. This architectural masterpiece is in a class by itself. You will appreciate the cheery welcoming feeling as soon as you turn into the driveway. Dream no more. Call for details. www.penderislandrealty.com

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New ML 292457

$925,900

Remarkable custom-crafted 5 bedroom dream home surrounded by nature. Magnificent valley, mountain & lake views. Open concept design on two levels. The home is upscale and luxurious in all aspects. The acreage has been masterfully developed into an animal lover/gardener’s dream! 1.5 acre fenced paddock, loafer, hay barn, tack shed & dog run. Outstanding home, property and views! Asking $925,900.

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OPEN HOUSE WED, SAT & SUN 2-4 SL19-3101 CLIFFS RD CLASSY AND WELL DESIGNED 3 BEDROOM HOME New MLS 292304

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OPEN WED, SAT, SUN 2-4 3101 CLIFFS RD CLASSY AND WELL DESIGNED 3 BEDROOM HOME New MLS 292302

OPEN HOUSE Sat. 12:30-2:00 1060 FITZGERALD RD. AFFORDABLE LIVING

Situated on a quiet cul de sac is this spacious townhouse, entrance lead to a bright livingrm with fireplace. Kitchen opens to the diningrm with glass drs leading out to the back deck. 9’ ceilings on the main, lots of windows bringing in the natural light. Master bedrm has full ensuite & walk in closet. 2 more good size bedrms plus a 4pce main bathrm. Down offers a huge area 690 sq.ft. unfinished that awaits your ideas, great for a family rm, extra bedrms or office with its own entrance. Included is the HST, stove, fridge, dishwasher, microwave/hoodfan, washer, dryer, window blinds and screens, landscaping & sprinkler system. Private fenced rear yard. Pets and rentals OK. HST is included.

New MLS 292556

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$339,900

Beautiful 2 BR / 2 BA nearly new home in the wonderful Estates at Shawnigan Station. This home boasts loads of space with a bright open concept floor plan. Feats incl eating bar in kitchen, gas FP, master w/ ensuite, & landscaped front yard & very private back yard.

Gary Brown SmartMove Real Estate 250-380-6683 ~

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You have decided to buy a home. You've analyzed your budget, talked to a REALTOR® and figured out what kind of house you want. But, the most important step may have been left until last: picking the right neighbourhood.

$289,900

Shirley & Ryan Zailo RE/MAX Camosun 250-478-9600 ~

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Picking the Right NEIGHBOURHOOD

$289,900

Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in this spacious townhouse, entrance leads to a bright livingrm with fireplace. Kitchen opens to the diningrm with glass drs leading out to the back deck. 9’ ceilings on the main, lots of windows bringing in the natural light. Master bedrm has full ensuite & walk in closet, 2 more good size bedrms plus a 4 pce main bathrm. Down offers a huge area 690 sq.ft. unfinished that awaits your ideas, great for a familyrm, extra bedrm or office with its own entrance. Included is the HST, stove, fridge, dishwasher, microwave/hoodfan, washer, dryer, window blinds and screens, landscaping & sprinkler system. Private fenced rear yard. Pets and rentals OK. HST is included.

$624,900

Commercial/office bldg in downtown Sooke. Extremely high traffic location on main street in Sooke Commercial Core. Updated 2580sf, 2 storey bldg currently occupied on 2nd floor by present owners is 1159sf w/4 office areas & washroom. 2nd floor w/views of Sooke Harbour & Olympic Mtns. Leased space is 566sf. Next door is vacant office space of 724sf w/3 offices, large meeting room & washroom. Village Commercial Zone C-2 allows many uses incl retail, restaurant, hotel/motel, offices & services w/residential dwellings above 1st storey. Max bldg height is 45.9’ & max lot coverage of 30%. An excellent opportunity for an owner occupier in need of office/service/retail space or investor/developer w/interest in future development. MLS292457. Photos: www.johnvernon.com

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SOOKE COMMERCIAL/ OFFICE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL 6649 SOOKE ROAD

STUNNING 2.5 ACRE EXECUTIVE EQUESTRIAN ESTATE SHAWNIGAN LAKE

PRIME COMMERCIAL SALE OR LEASE $349,000 or $12 sq.ft. - Well suited professional space - 1498 sq.ft. on Brentwood’s main st. - 5 office/treatment rooms - Reception area + elevator - 2 bathrooms + laundry - Excellent visibility - Parking 4-7115 WEST SAANICH RD. MLS 287581

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Choosing not only the proper community, but also the right neighbourhood, can have a tremendous impact on your family's happiness and the value of your investment. The first thing many people do when considering a move is drive around various communities gaining a sense of which areas they like. Buyers find out how close the major highways are and if the neighbours keep their yards tidy. Most will make sure they know the location of the closest mall. But what about public transit, colleges, schools, libraries, parks, recreation centres and fire or ambulance stations? Is the local police station close to your prospective neighbourhood? All of these factors can make or break a decision to buy a certain property. Your REALTOR® can provide you with a wealth of general information on different neighbourhoods. For detailed information, it's a good idea to contact the appropriate agency directly. Here are a few suggestions to consider: Contact The Municipality Municipalities have a wealth of information on hand. Some distribute brochures and booklets containing the locations of colleges, libraries, ambulance stations, hospitals, parks and transit stops. It's also a good idea to check the location of recreation centres, swimming pools, ice rinks and the like, along with the programs they offer. Call The Local Police & Fire Departments Ask them how many stations service the community and their locations. Also ask about response time to emergencies.

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Contact Local School Boards The Greater Victoria, Saanich, Sooke and Gulf Islands School Districts will be able to give you information on the locations of elementary and secondary schools within their jurisdictions. It's a good idea to mark the routes your children would take and then walk them yourself. Your REALTOR® and MLS® ®

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Your REALTOR will be able to offer you general advice and information on many of the above topics. Remember, your REALTOR® has access to the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) and can provide you with a customized list of properties available for sale in the neighbourhood of your choice that meet your needs, wants and budget. This article is provided by the Victoria Real Estate Board.

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2011 Visitors’ Guide

Visitor Information for the Canadian Gulf Islands Gabriola Galiano Mayne Pender Saturna Salt SPrinG

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53 2011 VIsItors’ GuIde WelcoMe to tHe GulF iSlandS ................................................................................6 iSland SPirit.........................................................................................................................9 Best Beaches ......................................................................................................................9 islands History...................................................................................................................10 Conservation.......................................................................................................................11 Gulf islands National Park reserve ............................................................................12 tHe iSlandS...........................................................................................................................13 Gabriola island ..................................................................................................................14 Galiano island ....................................................................................................................19 Mayne island ....................................................................................................................27 Pender islands..................................................................................................................22 saturna island ..................................................................................................................29 salt spring island .............................................................................................................31 Fulford ............................................................................................................................... 34 salt spring island map...................................................................................................36 Ganges map ..................................................................................................................... 40

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artS & culture................................................................................................................. 43 salt spring Arts scene.................................................................................................. 44 island Writers................................................................................................................... 45 Artspring Arts Centre....................................................................................................47 ArtCraft ..............................................................................................................................47 salt spring studio tour ................................................................................................ 48 salt spring saturday Market....................................................................................... 50 Creative Kids Activities..................................................................................................53 Gabriola island studio tour ...........................................................................................17 Galiano Kunamokst Mural .............................................................................................21

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recreation .......................................................................................................................... 54 Cycling ............................................................................................................................... 55 Hiking on salt spring..................................................................................................... 55 sailing & Boating ............................................................................................................ 56 Golfing ............................................................................................................................... 58 Kayaking ............................................................................................................................59 Food & drink.........................................................................................................................61 Wine & Beer.......................................................................................................................62 Local Food Products ...................................................................................................... 64 dining Guide..................................................................................................................... 65 Farming................................................................................................................................71

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accoMModationS, GallerieS, StudioS & bookStoreS .........................74 tHe GulF iSlander Publisher: Peter McCully advertising: rick MacKinnon editor: Gail sjuberg art director: Lorraine sullivan Photography: John Cameron, derrick Lundy, Christian J. stewart, sean Mcintyre, toby snelgrove, Amy Geddes, Helen elizabeth schnare, Gail sjuberg, don Genova contributing Writers: sue Kernaghan, elizabeth Nolan, Francine Burnett, Liz steele, Kathy ramsey the Gulf islander is published annually by driftwood Publishing Ltd., 328 Lower Ganges road, salt spring island, B.C. V8K 2V3 Phone: 250-537-9933 Fax: 250-537-2613 email: driftwood@gulfislands.net Website: www.gulfislandstourism.com/www.gulfislandsdriftwood.com PriNted iN CANAdA CoVer PHoto: NePtuNe FArM VeNdor At tHe tuesdAY FArMers MArKet oN sALt sPriNG BY derriCK LuNdY


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Welcome to the Gulf Islands!

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ow do you know you’ve left your hectic daily life behind and stepped into the paradise known as the Gulf Islands? Your first clue will be a perceptible drop in stress level as you absorb the natural scenery along winding country roads, see your first glimpses of seals, deer or bald eagles, or nestle in for a quiet night’s sleep at one of the islands’ diverse accommodation choices. Most people say they come to the islands “to relax,” and they do. But there’s so much to see in the way of jaw-dropping sights on land and sea, and in dazzling arts and crafts; so much mouth-watering, locally grown and prepared food to enjoy; shopping options that let you take home signature Gulf Islands gifts; and a cluster of recreation choices to fill up any visitor’s days — from hiking to kayaking, golfing, fishing and beachcombing. The islands are also healing places, where spas and alternative health practitioners reside in abundance, and the creative experience is shared through quality music, theatre and dance performances. Most of the 225 Gulf Islands are tiny and can be reached only via private boat. But the six featured in The Gulf Islander — Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna and Gabriola — are well served by ferries and float planes and have a range of services, depending on the size of their population. Whichever islands you choose to explore this year, we hope The Gulf Islander will help you along the way.

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How to Get to tHe Gulf Islands n Most people use B.C. Ferries to reach the main Gulf islands on foot, bicycle or vehicle, travelling through some of the most stunning scenery in the world. see www.bcferries. com for everything you need to know about schedules and fares. n Float plane companies that serve the Gulf islands offer an unforgettable taste of scenery from the air. n Government docks and private marinas are ready for boaters year-round. Booking ahead is recommended during busy summer months. n Ways to get around vary from island to island. Besides taxi services and car and scooter rentals, salt spring island has a daytime public transit system. While it has so far been a Monday through saturday service meeting several ferry arrivals, see www. busonline.ca, pick up a printed schedule locally or call 250-538-4282 for up-to-date bus info. n the Gulf islands are a popular cyclists’ destination. Bicycles offer a great way to see the islands up close, but caution should be observed on the islands’ mostly narrow roads. Bike helmets are mandatory in B.C.

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n Salt Spring Island, one of the most popular swimming beaches is at Vesuvius Bay, near the ferry to Crofton. A steep wooden staircase takes you down to the large public area, which offers some of the warmest waters on the island. • Another popular spot is Beddis Beach, a fairly central island location off Beddis Road. After walking down a lovely wooded path to the beach, you will find a stunning mixture of black and white rock and shell sand that has been pounded smooth over the centuries. The water is colder here, but visitors (especially kids) will still brave the waters on a hot day and have a brisk dip. • Drummond Park provides the best of both worlds, with a rocky, drift-

fun at the beach.

wood-strewn beach near the parking area, and sandy and sunny areas further down the shore. Situated right across from the Fulford Harbour ferry, Drummond also offers a children’s playground, washrooms and a picnic area. • Ruckle Park is a popular provincial park, where people can find spectacular open ocean vistas, sandstone lace rock formations, huge climbing

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HanGInG out at tHe beaCH Is a faVourIte pastIme areas with boulders and driftwood, nature trails, stunning cliffs and abundant marine life. • Favourite Pender spots are Medicine Beach and Bricky Bay on North Pender, and Mortimer Spit at the dredged canal just over the one-lane bridge connecting the two Penders. • While on Saturna Island, check out East Point Regional Park, Veruna Bay and Thomson Park. • Bennett, Campbell or Piggott bays are a few of Mayne Island’s most welcoming beach spots. • Galiano’s Montague Harbour Provincial Park includes the most accessible sandy beach on the island. • Gabriola Island boasts Twin Beaches in Gabriola Sands Provincial Park, and great swimming near Descanso Bay Regional Park and Drumbeg Park.

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hen Captain George Vancouver made his first Gulf Islands sightings in 1792, the area was already home to several First Nations people, who lived a semi-nomadic existence living off the bounty provided by the sea and lands. The Gulf Islands region is often referred to as the “Salish Sea,” in recognition of its original inhabitants. Captain Vancouver claimed the islands for the British Crown, and referred to them as being located in a “gulf.” While the Gulf Islands are clearly not in a gulf, the name stuck. In the same year, Spanish and British cartographic expeditions also explored the area intent on finding a passage to the northwest Atlantic. As marine traffic between Victoria and the Fraser River area of the Main-

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land increased, it became clear that a new map of the Strait of Georgia was needed. In 1858-59, another British cartographic expedition, on the HMS Plumper, was dispatched and more accurate maps were produced. By now, pioneers had begun establishing settlements on the Gulf Islands. American blacks and Portuguese arrived in 1859 and carved out homesteads in fertile valleys on the north end of Salt Spring. Settlers from other parts of the world, such as Europe and Japan, soon followed, and established farms and small industries, such as fish salteries and produce farms. During that time, Victoria was the main port of entry to the West Coast. In 1858, when prospectors all over the world heard the cry of “gold” in the Fraser River area, they sailed first to Victoria and then crossed the Strait of Georgia to the Mainland. Many of these prospectors rowed boats across the strait, and Miners Bay on Mayne Island became an important resting point en route. The village boomed with activity and the island quickly became the Gulf Islands’ commercial and social hub. The 1858-59 mapping expedition of the HMS Plumper resulted in the naming of many of the islands, mountains, points and passes. Local residents named the waterway between Galiano and Mayne Island “Plumper Pass” after the ship. However, Captain George Henry Richards officially named the

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waterway “Active Pass,” not because of the water’s turbulence, but after the US Active, the first steamship to navigate the pass in 1855. Now the name “Plumper” is used to identify the waterway between Saturna and Pender islands. Galiano Island was obviously derived from the Spanish explorer Dionisio Galiano, and now the marine park at the north end of the island has been give his first name, Dionisio Point Marine Park. Saturna Island was named after the Spanish ship Saturnina, captained by Jose Maria Narvaez, who left his name on a Saturna Island bay. Gabriola Island also bears evidence of Spanish exploration from the late 18th century, as in the Malaspina Galleries and Descanso Bay. Gabriola is believed to be related to the Spanish word for seagull — gaviota.

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ich Gulf islands history can be explored at various museums. • in 2005 the Pender island Museum society opened a new museum on the historic roesland resort property on south otter Bay road, about 3.5 kilometres from the ferry terminal. it is part of the Gulf islands National Park reserve. • on Mayne island the museum is in a former jail built in 1896. it is easily spotted at the juncture of Fernhill and Minty roads in Miners Bay. • Gabriola’s museum is on south road, about a 10-minute walk from the ferry terminal. • salt spring artifacts can be viewed by appointment at the Bittancourt Museum on the Farmers institute grounds on rainbow road (call 250-537-4895). Large-scale historical photos can also be viewed in Mouat’s Mall in Ganges. • the Galiano Museum society is currently fundraising for a new building on donated land. For information, visit www. galianomuseum.ca.


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Here are some tIps for VIsItors from tHe salt sprInG Island ConserVanCy:

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f it isn’t obvious that the Gulf Islands are a special place, their inclusion in the Islands Trust Area underlines the fact. The Islands Trust is a land-use authority created by the B.C. government in 1974 with a special mandate to preserve and protect the area. It stretches from Hornby Island in the north to Saturna Island in the south, and the Islands Trust Fund has also protected several properties through

purchases, donations and covenants. For more information, see the website at www.islandstrust.bc.ca. As well, Pender, Galiano, Gabriola, Mayne and Salt Spring islands all have active conservancy groups. Conservancies hold protective covenants on ecologically sensitive parts of the islands and educate people on stewardship issues. Visitors may enjoy conservancy educational programs offered throughout the year.

• Help preserve the beauty and inspiring attributes of the great outdoors for yourself and generations to come by swimming, hiking and walking responsibly. • stay on the trail even if it is rough and muddy. Walking on the trail edge and cutting switchbacks increase damage and cause erosion. • Walk single file to avoid widening the trail. • Avoid sensitive vegetation. Watch where you put your feet. if you disturb groundcover, such as moss, please replace it. • take a photograph, not the plant. • Carry out what you carry in.

and Here are some tIps on preserVInG tHe Islands’ sCarCe water resourCes: • don’t wash yourself, your clothes, your dog, or your boat in any lakes. • Keep pets leashed on shorelines to prevent disturbance to birds and waterfowl. • remember: no gasoline motors are allowed on any local lakes; electric motors only. • don’t leave water running or otherwise waste it.

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n 2010, Parks Canada celebrated the 125th birthday of the 1885 founding of Banff National Park by offering a year of special activities at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country. The celebrations will only get better in 2011, as Canada celebrates the centennial of a first in the world: the establishment of the world’s first national parks service on May 19, 1911. From May 2011 to May 2012, Parks Canada will showcase its

experiences, programs and services to Canadians, celebrating 100 years of world leadership in conservation, education and visitor experience programs. Come celebrate with us as we take the first steps into our second century! Whether you’re an avid kayaker who loves to explore the fascinating shorelines and sheltered bays of the Gulf Islands or on vacation with your family island hopping to the various markets and beaches, you will find that, peppered throughout the area, Gulf Islands Nation-

al Park Reserve offers a host of incredible experiences for you to discover. On Pender Island visitors can enjoy a challenging shore-to-sky hiking experience to the summit of Mount Norman and be rewarded by beautiful panoramic views of the islands. If you’re on the road for an adventure, then consider camping at Prior Centennial Campground, a small campground set in a quiet forest of ferns, cedar and fir — a great base from which to explore the rest of the Penders. Marvel at the breathtaking sunset at East Point on Saturna Island and learn about the diversity of species that become active at dusk through the local park interpreter, or go for a stroll down the trail at Winter Cove and enjoy the sights and sounds of a wetland while gazing over at the exposed waters of the open Strait of Georgia. If beaches are your first love, take a kayak to Princess Margaret (Portland Island) and paddle the quiet coves stopping for lunch at Arbutus Point or Princess Bay then make your way to close-by Russell Island and discover the stories of Hawaiians who settled there more than a century ago. Have a picnic at Sidney Spit, just a short ferry ride away from the Town of Sidney and pull your lounge chair out to settle in with your book while the kids dig their toes into the warm sandy expanse of this popular summer destination. To learn more about special events and interpretation programs happening at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, visit our website (www.parkscanada. gc.ca/gulf) and join us in the celebrations in 2011! You can also contact the park office at 250-654-4000 or toll free at 1-866-9441744.

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o you’ve decided it’s time to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to the Gulf islands . . . but how do you decide which ones to see first? the islands share West coast natural beauty and weather, and a culture forged from generations of independent-thinking residents, yet each has its own character, history and amenities, which are readily discerned through a visit or two. they range substantially in size, population and services, but all of them offer safe, rural environments and a sense of getting away from it all — not that they don’t hum with activity on weekends during the height of visitor season. read about each island in the pages that follow and see what piques your interest, or plan a trip around a special event. Maybe you're attracted by Mayne island's storied history as a stop-over point for miners en route to the Fraser river Gold rush in the late 1850s; or the immense beauty of the Gulf islands national Park reserve areas; or the colourful nonmainstream culture of all the islands and their residents. Whatever you seek and whatever you discover, we know that once you've seen the Gulf islands for yourself, you'll stop wondering why they're such a celebrated part of the world.

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and entrepreneurs, retired folk and those who commute to work in Nanaimo and Vancouver. Gabriolans enjoy six waterfront parks and public access to many beaches. Cyclists especially enjoy the views of farmland mixed with ocean vistas along the 30-km (18.6-mile) North Road-South Road loop. Berry Point Road offers cyclists an easy route to Gabriola’s sea and sandstone. A real bonus on this route is the views of the mountains on the mainland, Entrance Island Lighthouse from Orlebar Point and, on most evenings, the lights of Vancouver and Gibson’s Landing. Camping is available at Descanso Bay Regional Park, less than one kilometre from the ferry, as well as a couple of commercial campgrounds on the island’s


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the island, with parking just a stone’s throw from the beach. The annual Sand Sculpture Competition is held at Gabriola Sands. The historic Malaspina Galleries can be viewed along the shoreline from Gabriola Sands at low tide or down a short trail at the end of Malaspina Drive. A sculpted, cave-like sandstone feature, the galleries measure approximately 90 metres (300 feet) long by

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south end. Two trails at Drumbeg Park let explorers discover views of Gabriola Passage and Valdes Island. This park preserves a Garry oak ecosystem and is a favourite swimming spot. It’s one of the best places to marvel at the sandstone rock formations. Sandwell Park, established in 1988 to protect the archeological sites, includes a petroglyph and shell middens. More petroglyphs, some 50-plus, can be found at Petroglyph Park. These ancient carvings are intriguing and their origins remain a mystery. The Gabriola Museum has replicas of the petroglyphs on their property, which people can do rubbings on so that the originals can be preserved. Gabriola Sands Provincial Park offers a unique setting: two beaches, one on either side of a narrow strip of land. The “sunny side” is a favourite of island children as nature offers the delight of discovering sand dollars or moon snails at lower tides. The Taylor Bay side is the easiest access to a public beach on

3.5 metres (11 feet) high — a glorious example of nature’s art. As the “Isle of the Arts,” Gabriola is home to varied and talented artists, who produce functional and decorative pottery, wearable art, glass sculpting and mosaics, silver jewellery, acrylics, watercolours, wood carving, metalwork and more. Take the Thanksgiving Studio Tour, when many island artists open their studios to the public. The Saturday farmers market at the agricultural hall on South Road is also a great spot for arts, crafts and food. Pre-booking accommodations is recommended during the busy summer months. Gabriola offers a wide variety of places for visitors to stay, from homes offered as vacation rentals to rustic camping. The visitor info centre at Folklife Village is open every day in the summer months. — liZ Steele

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Distinctive road signs guide visitors to the studios for a unique opportunity to see artists up close and personal, many with national and international reputations. Rarely do art fans get such a chance to make the connection between the artist and their art in the space where it all comes together — it’s truly an addictive experience. Marina and Todd Waverly, from Vancouver, have done the tour nine years in a row. “We first came over with my folks when the kids were little,” Todd says. “We came for the whole weekend and took turns entertaining the kids while the others were

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and welcoming.” “And Marina and her sisters have got lots and lots and lots of art to remember it all by,” says Todd. Jean and Randy Atkins, retirees living in Parksville on Vancouver Island, have eight studio tours under their belts. “We like coming for the day on the Thanksgiving holiday Monday," says Jean. "It’s not so crowded and we find a lot of the Gabriola residents are out and about then, too. They’ve filled us in on some really interesting facts about the island we’d never have learned any other way,” says Jean. And the one sure thing that both

groups agree upon is that they’ll all be back for Studio Tour 2011. From silversmiths to quilters and from sculptors to painters there is definitely something for everyone and every budget on the studio tour. Art for your wall, your table or your person await you … and all at your own pace. People can get their free tour brochure at art galleries, libraries and retailers, or contact the Gabriola Arts Council at info@gabriolaartscouncil. org. Visit the council’s website for more info: www.gabriolartscouncil.org. — katHy raMSey

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Vancouver and the first stop on the island-hopping Tsawwassen to Long Harbour run, Galiano rarely feels busy even in the peak of the summer. Dubbed ‘The Gem of the Gulf Islands,’ Galiano has been an important hunting and gathering spot for the Coast Salish people for thousands of years. These days, its natural beauty and extensive trail network make it a favourite among cyclists, beachcombers and especially hikers. Galiano’s mild, dry climate allows for year-round hiking, while its compact size and great transport links mean that many of the best hikes can be tackled on day trips — although there are enough routes here to keep walkers busy for weeks. A classic hike is along Bodega Ridge — a bluff walk through rare cliff-top ecosystems. If you’re not too awed by the distant views over outlying islands, watch closely for any of the 150 bird species that thrive here. Another top choice is the trek to the island’s highest point, 335-metre (1,090-foot) Mount Galiano. The panoramic views from the top take in most of the neighbouring islands. Some more accessible spots to enjoy sea views and a picnic include tiny but scenic Bellhouse Park, near the Sturdies Bay ferry terminal, and Bluffs Park, also on the island’s south end. For sunset views, though, few spots anywhere can match Galiano’s serene, west-facing Montague Harbour, a provincial marine park with camping, picnic spots and a long white shell beach. At the nearby marina, you can sip a local brew at the outdoor café, or rent a moped, boat, or kayak to explore the

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island. craftspeople, producing everything from Boats are, by the way, the only way delicate ceramics to glasswork, clothing to explore some of Galiano’s loveliest designs and visual art. Stop in at any of marine-access-only beaches, including the many galleries on the island, or pick Dionisio Point Provincial Park at the up a Galiano Art Studio Tour map to visit island’s northern tip. artists in their studios. Galiano looks pretty good underGaliano’s many annual festivals and water too. The waters surrounding the events include the popular Galiano island are known in the scuba world as Wine Festival, a casual outdoor event prime dive sites — especially in winter where you can sample B.C. and importwhen the water is clearest. ed wines, local cheeses and other treats Arriving at Galiano’s tiny cluster of at Lions Park each August. shops near the Sturdies Bay ferry terA summer farmers' market also runs minal, you’ll see a community with its on Saturdays at the Lions Field on Burrill priorities straight. Yes, there’s gas, gro- Road. ceries and ATM machines, but, more Nightlife? Absolutely. The Hummingcritically, there’s a good bookstore, bird Inn Pub has live music on summer a top-flight spa, a natural foods store weekends, and will even run campers GULF ISLANDER and, in summer, a take-out vendor to and boaters back to Montague Harbour 2011 provide sustenance for the ferry ride in the free pub bus. Galiano also boasts AD TO PROOF home. several romantic fine dining options, 24 hour response All the island essentials are here and plenty of fun casual eateries. required too: cottages, resorts and B&Bs, bike And did we mention the sunsets? Here is a low-res pdf of your ad for proofing via email. and kayak rentals, deserted peb— Sue kernaGHan A high res. version will be used in printing. ble beaches, even a nine-hole golf forthisupdated Please proof ad carefully tourist information, visit www. course — and, of course, lots ofand art. reply ASAP with galianoisland.com. your OK or changes. for up-to-date event If you have ASAP, Like its island neighbours, Galiano is changes, please respond see the southern Gulf Islands thus allowing the productioninfo, team time to make the changes indicated. calendar at www.gulfislandstourism.com. home to a great number of artists and If we do not receive changes, the ad goes to press in this format.

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short ferry ride to Galiano Island and just a six-minute walk will take you to one of British Columbia’s most innovative art installations. Titled Kunamokst — which means “together” in the Chinook language — this collaborative mural showcases the talent of over 190 West Coast artists and was recently unveiled on Galiano Island. After a successful launch at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the mural went “on tour” with special installations in Vancouver and Victoria before heading home to Galiano, where the project was conceived. It can now be viewed in the entrance of the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa. Installing it on Galiano is a public

acknowledgement of the important role the arts play in the fabric of life on the West Coast in general, and the Gulf Islands in particular. For more than a year, the participating artists collaborated to create this stunning 12-foot x 21-foot mural. It consists of 231 original paintings, each 12” x 12,” that combine to bring to life a new, united image. There are no digital effects, the artists did not know or collaborate with each other, nor did they know what the final image was to be. Each artist was simply instructed to paint his or her interpretation of West Coast life on the panel — the only guideline was to follow the general colour palette and tone of the panel they were given. For more information, see www.kunamokstmural.com.

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Pender to Salt Spring, it’s not as busy. If you compare it to Mayne, Galiano, or Saturna, we have more amenities. So we’re right in the middle. And, for a lot of people, that’s ideal.” And the bonus? The Penders are acGULF ISLANDER tually two quite different islands, linked 2011 by a short bridge. AD TO PROOF It was all one island until 1902, when 24 hour response a canal was cut through the narrowrequiredest point to allow ships to pass. It Here is a low-res pdf of your ad for proofing via email. wasn’t until 1955 that a one-lane bridge A high res. version will be used in printing. rejoined the islands — a delay that may Please proof this ad carefully and reply ASAP with your OKaccount or changes. for the marked differences If you have changes, please respond ASAP, thus allowing the production team time to make the changes indicated.

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between the two islands today. Most of the Penders’ population of about 2,500 clusters on North Pender. It’s here you’ll find the islands’ one ferry terminal, at Otter Bay, and a range of services including groceries, gas, a bank, medical centre and a pharmacy at the Driftwood Centre, the island’s commercial hub. Pristine, forested South Pender is the wilder, less developed of the two, with few roads but plenty of beaches and large tracts of protected parkland. South Pender also boasts one of the world’s prettiest floating customs posts, tucked into Bedwell Harbour on the island’s southwest side. A first stop in Canadian waters for international

boaters, Bedwell Harbour is also home to the luxurious Poets Cove Resort, where weary mariners can get a meal, a massage or perhaps a manicure at the resort’s spa. International yachting isn’t the only way to arrive at the Penders. Regular ferry and floatplane service make it easy for non-yachters to pop over for the weekend. Both islands have a good selection of accommodations, including B&Bs, cottages, camping and marinas, as well as several restaurants. Something else the two islands have in common is a wealth of options for outdoor activities, including 60 walking trails, 37 public beach access points and five sections of the Gulf

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ing Mount Norman/Beaumont, where a challenging sea-to-summit trail leads to the 244-metre (800-foot) summit of Mount Norman, the islands’ highest point. Long views across islands and ocean are the rewards. At nearby Greenburn Lake, old access roads have become hiking trails to this picturesque freshwater lake. Kayakers, boaters, hikers and picnickers are drawn to the good anchorages and sandy beaches in the Beaumont section of the park. For beach lovers, though, Beaumont is just the beginning. Between them, the two Penders boast dozens of public beach access points — more than any similarly sized Gulf Island — so it’s easy to find your own private strand. Top choices include the sheltered sandy beach at Mortimer Spit, near the bridge linking the two islands and the pretty pebble beach at Gowlland Point on South Pender. If you’re looking for something more active, you can go for a freshwater dip in Magic Lake, cycle on the

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rolling, virtually traffic-free roads of either island, or try a round of golf. You have two options here: a regular, scenic, nine-hole game at the Pender Island Golf and Country Club, or the Gulf Island version of the game: disc golf. The rules are similar, but the disc

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craft shops, studios and galleries dot the byways of both islands. On summer Saturdays, the Farmers’ Market at the Pender Island Community Hall is a great place to pick up locally grown fare and crafts. You can even try a wine tasting: Morning Bay Vineyard and Estate Winery on North Pender has joined wineries on Saturna, Salt Spring and nearby Vancou-

ver Island to form B.C.’s newest wine region called “the Wine Islands.” Even in the off-season there are plenty of community events to enjoy, including the annual fall fair and the delightful New Year’s Eve Lantern Festival at Magic Lake. And at any time of year you can stroll through the irresistibly-named

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Although the prospectors are long gone, Mayne is still a transport hub, with frequent ferry service and good connections to the other islands. As for the carousing? Well, these days Mayne is so quiet that even Salt Spring Islanders come here for a getaway. And it’s easy to see why. Mayne’s quiet roads, gentle hills, sheltered coves and seaside inns bring visitors back year after year. The seaside hamlet of Miners Bay is still the island’s commercial hub and home to such mission-critical services as a café, pub, grocery store, bookstore, several B&Bs and a sprinkling of art galleries. There’s even an old-fashioned oneThe Gulf Islander 2011

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cell jail, built in 1896 in case any miners got out of hand. Today it’s a museum displaying artifacts from Mayne’s intriguing past. Another great place to slip back in time is on the seaside deck of the Springwater Lodge. One of B.C.’s oldest hotels — it’s been operating continuously since 1892 — the Springwater offers a front-row view of ferries slipping through Active Pass. Also in Miners Bay, the Agricultural Hall, called the “Ag Hall” by islanders, hosts a farmers’ market each Saturday morning in summer. Much more than

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a market, this is a community-wide event, with local musicians serenading shoppers as they browse for crafts and produce. Just north of Miners Bay is the tiny stone St. Mary Magdalene Church. Built in 1898, it still hosts services every Sunday. Inside is a unique sight: a massive sandstone boulder, brought over from Saturna in 1901, is used as a baptismal font. At the island’s northern tip is Georgina Point Heritage Park, where the grassy meadow around the Active Pass Lighthouse is a favourite wedding venue. The lighthouse, built in 1885, still signals ships into the pass. Mayne isn’t all about history, though. In fact, its compact size and slow pace make it a great choice for a hiking, biking, kayaking or sailing trip. The topography is hilly, but on the whole kinder to cyclists than the other islands, with minimal traffic on the winding roads. A popular choice for hikers is the hour-long trek up Mount Parke to the island’s 255-metre (836-foot) high point. The rewards include stunning views across to Saturna, North Pender and Salt Spring islands, and even as far as the mainland. Kayaking guides and sailing charters can help visitors explore the island’s sheltered coves and beaches. A prime spot to launch a kayak is

Bennett Bay, part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The park, on the island’s eastern shore, also takes in Campbell Point, where a trail leads through the forest to a headland. Campbell Bay, north of Bennett Bay, has the warmest swimming water. And, of course, this being a Gulf Island, galleries, studios and craft shops abound, offering everything from glassworks to natural clothing. Ultimately, though, what people most remember about Mayne is its community spirit. As 20-plus-year resident and former innkeeper Jonathan Chilvers observes: “People like the peace and tranquillity they find on Mayne Island. And, because it’s small, it has a greater sense of community than you might find in larger places.” A prime example of this spirit is the Japanese Garden at Dinner Bay Park. This one-acre garden, which honours the island’s early Japanese settlers, was built entirely by volunteers. It’s a lovely setting to enjoy spring blossoms or fall colours and a wonderful example of what a small island community can accomplish. — Sue kernaGHan

for tourist information, visit www.mayneisland.com. for up-to-date event info, see the southern Gulf Islands calendar at www.gulfislandstourism.com.

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As Michael Vautour, who has long been involved with the Saturna Island Family Estate Winery, puts it: “As far as the Gulf Islands go, Saturna is the last frontier. And since about 40 per cent of the island is now park, it’s not being built up. It’s there to be enjoyed.” Some of the easiest places to enjoy the island include Winter Cove, part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve near the Lyall Harbour ferry terminal, where an easy trail winds through the forest and along the shore. Mount Warburton Pike, named for a 19th-century explorer, is, at 397 metres (1,303 feet) the island’s highest point. You can drive, hike or even cycle to the grassy ridge at the top. From there, you can spot eagles and falcons and enjoy long views across the Gulf and San Juan The Gulf Islander 2011

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islands. The newest addition to the park is East Point, at the island’s easternmost tip. The sandstone cliffs here are a great spot to watch for marine wildlife and sea birds, including sea lions, seals, otters, orca, deer, feral goats, bald eagles and the more than 180 other bird species that thrive on, and around, the island. Cyclists: some of the hills will give your gears a workout, but there’s little danger of traffic. You will have to bring your own bike, though, as there are no rentals on the island. Kayak rentals are available through Saturna Sea Kayaking. They also offer tours of the island’s shoreline. For a swim, check out East Point Beach or Thomson Park. But it’s not all about the outdoors. Saturna, despite its tiny population, has a thriving art scene, with several studios and galleries open to the public and a Saturday market during the summer. Saturna is also home to one of the Gulf Islands’ most established wineries. 30

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Saturna Island Family Estate Winery, tucked between sandstone cliffs and the ocean on the island’s southern shore, has a tasting room, wine shop, seasonal bistro and 60 acres of vines overlooking the sea. A quintessential Gulf Islands experience is to enjoy a summertime lunch at the bistro while savouring the long views over the vineyards and across to the San Juan Islands. You can even come by sea and moor near the vineyards. If you’re here in September, join in the harvest celebration. A visit to Saturna takes a little planning. Accommodations are varied, but limited, so reservations are recommended. There are currently no drive-in campsites on the island, though there are now seven walk-in backcountry sites at Narvaez Bay. Saturna has a pub, café, ATM, gas pump and a general store — all clustered near the Lyall Harbour ferry terminal — but no bank or pharmacy. The island also has regular B.C. Ferries service, though most journeys

require a transfer at Mayne Island. Float plane and water taxi service is also available. Alternatively, you can join the flotilla of recreational boaters that flock to Saturna’s Winter Cove each July 1 for the island’s biggest annual event: the Canada Day Lamb Barbecue. This local picnic and party draws visitors from all over the Gulf Islands and nearby mainland and is the main fundraising event for a range of Saturna’s community services, from the ambulance to the school. July 1 is the one time of year that Saturna could be called busy. Any other day, this tiny island earns its reputation as the Gulf Islands’ final frontier. — Sue kernaGHan

for more tourist info, visit www.saturnatourism.com. for up-to-date event info, see the southern Gulf Islands calendar at www.gulfislandstourism.com.


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tHe Islands the Hastings House Sculpture Trail. On the grounds of the famous country inn, a public trail winds through woods past an array of intriguing sculptural works. Still feeling active? How about a sunset kayak paddle to Chocolate Island, a hike around a historic farm at Ruckle Provincial Park, or nine holes at Blackburn Meadows, Canada’s first organic golf course, or a dip in any of the island’s five swimming lakes? Salt Spring, being the biggest island, has more places to hike, paddle, golf and swim than its neighbours, and plenty of local outfitters to show the way. Salt Spring also has a wealth of places to just be — to rest and recuperate. Some hold that Salt Spring lies along powerful ley lines, creating a healing energy that permeates the island. Not surprisingly, a wealth of healing arts, from yoga and bodywork to counselling and acupuncture, are offered here. Healing and renewal are often the focus of a visit, whether for a pampering spa treatment or an in-depth spiritual retreat. Come evening, you can head back to Ganges, where every summer evening local musicians play for pass-the-hat takings at the outdoor Tree House Café. Diners fill the restaurant patios, boaters listen in from the marina, kids play tag on the waterfront and, on up-tempo nights, you might even catch some dancing in the streets.

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symbols on roadside signs, will lead you to about three dozen galleries and studios around the island, where artisans produce everything from pottery and ceramics to basketry and eco-conscious fashion designs. Finding the studios, which might be tucked down country roads or perched on ocean view bluffs, is all part of the adventure — and a great way to see some of the less-visited corners of the island. The studio tour map also leads to many of the island’s wineries, bakeries, cheese makers and herb farms, which together help make Salt Spring a leader in the burgeoning local food movement. Locally raised and produced goods are also available at island shops and restaurants, and each summer Tuesday, at the farmers’ market in Ganges. Of course, any random drive around the island will take you past roadside stands, most of which operate on the honour system — as in “Take your eggs, jam or arugula, and leave the money in the box.” Perhaps random drives are the best way to get a feel for the island. Salt Spring, despite its growing popularity, still has plenty of countryside to go around, with dozens of seaside coves, serene Garry oak meadows, and hiking trails up mountainsides and along the coastline where, chances are, you won’t meet another soul. Watch for fairies though: on some island hills, including Mount Erskine, tiny bright fairy doors have mysteriously appeared at the bases of rocks and trees. Another magical part of the island, delightfully blending art and scenery, is

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o doubt about it . . . . the islands are synonymous with arts and culture. It bursts from shop windows, galleries, markets, roadsides, restaurants, community halls, ArtSpring and the schools. Musicians perform at cafes, pubs and special events, and sell their CDs throughout the islands and on the Internet. Artists and craftspeople show their work in home studios and village galleries, at craft fairs and the Salt Spring Arts Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ArtCraft and WinterCraft sales. Authors read their words aloud and sell them printed in local bookstores, and thespians and dancers entrance their audiences on indoor and outdoor stages. An island visit isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complete without taking home a piece of creativity, in either solid or memory form. Soak it up!

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ourists have reported again and again that when it comes to Salt Spring, nothing is a bigger draw than its reputation as a centre for the arts. The infusion of art into daily life is immediately evident: coffee shops and financial institutions double as gallery space, while a constant lineup of fine musicians from all genres are billed at intimate local venues and at the arts centre called ArtSpring. Matt Steffich, a musician and owner of the gallery Steffich Fine Art, says every town is at its heart an art town, but what makes Salt Spring different is the high quality of art being produced. “In a population of 10,000 people anywhere, you might find one good photographer,” Steffich observes. “But here we have a half dozen that are considered really good.” It’s not just photography where locals excel: islanders participating on the national level are numerous in all the visual arts. The superb quality of artwork not only supports a number of galleries but has led to creation of a "best of the best" Masterpiece Weekend — this year on June 17-19. Musicianship is a strong tradition on the island, and live performances take place at many cafes, pubs, community halls and ArtSpring. Watch for announcements of free shows in Centennial Park, and the Music and Munch series of free recitals at All Saints By-the-Sea Church on Park Drive in Ganges. The Gulf Islands Driftwood newspaper's What's On calendar provides a weekly listing of events and art exhibitions, as does the Driftwood's free Friday Weekender paper. See the online version at gulfislandsdriftwood.com or gulfislandstourism.com.

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he Gulf Islands are home to many renowned poets, and authors of both fiction and non-fiction works. The winner of the 2010 Writers' Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize, for example, is long-time Salt Spring resident Brian Brett. His book, called Trauma Farm - A Rebel History of Rural Life, documents the happenings in an "18-year-long day" in the life of his farm. Salt Spring is also home base for an ambitious new publishing company specializing in B.C. art history, fine art and literature titles. Mother Tongue Publishing Limited has now released three books in its series called The Unheralded Artists of B.C., as well as poetry titles. It also held the Search for the Great B.C. Novel Contest, with Gurjinder Basran's Everything Was Goodbye the winner among 64 entries. Nick Bantock, of Griffin and Sabine fame, even has a special room for his books and artwork in Black Sheep Books in Ganges. The latest book from award-winning humour writer and broadcaster Arthur Black, also of Salt Spring Island, is A Chip off the Old Black. Other Salt Spring literary names to watch for include Ron Wright, Kathy Page, Robert Hilles, Mona Fertig, Kevin Patterson, Derek Lundy, Peter Levitt, Roger Brunt and Anthony Bruce. George Sipos' memoir The Geography of Arrival was a nominee for the Charles Taylor Prize this year. Mayne Island writers include Robert Harlow and Grant Buday. Buday's

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brand new book is called Stranger on a Strange Island - From Main Street to Mayne Island. Galiano Island is a rich literary centre, and Galiano Island Books hosted its second annual Galiano Literary Festival in February of 2011. Pender Island's authors include crime novelist and Dashiell Hammett award-winner William Deverell, and Andrea and David Spalding. Bill Schermbrucker and Stephen Hume are Saturna’s best-known writers. Gabriola Island’s Katherine Gordon won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize in 2007 for her book Made to Measure: A History of Land Surveying in British Columbia, while Iain Lawrence of Gabriola won the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature for his book called Gemini Summer. Books by Gulf Islands authors are available at local bookstores and other retail outlets. As well, watch for free or by-dona-

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rom mid-June to mid-September every summer, historic Mahon Hall is the place to find a daily exhibition of work by diverse island artisans. Now going into its 43rd year, between 100 and 150 artists from the southern Gulf Islands show their work on the hall’s main floor each year, offering attractive options for gifts or one-of-a-kind mementos of your island visit. ArtCraft also hosts five special showcase exhibitions on the hall’s stage throughout the season, featuring materials like precious metals, pottery or basketry, or solo shows by individual artists. ArtCraft is the primary funding source for the Salt Spring Arts Council, which has a mandate to promote and enhance arts in the Gulf Islands community. The organization uses commissions earned through ArtCraft sales to fund projects such as grants for art students in high school and university, and professional development grants for working artists. Sales also help maintain the hall, originally built in 1904, in which they take place.

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ituated on a slight rise that overlooks Ganges village and the harbour beyond, ArtSpring is a surprising find for such a small community. The stunning west coast architecture design of post and beam construction holds the Gulf Islands’ only dedicated centre for the arts. ArtSpring’s commitment to bringing the arts to the community is accomplished through two components: the first is a group of linked gallery/exhibition rooms in which local artists exhibit their work and which two resident groups, the Salt Spring Painters Guild and the Spinners and Weavers Guild, use as studio space. The rooms

also find popular use for events such as literary evenings featuring Canada’s best poets and authors. The building’s second draw is a 260-seat theatre with excellent acoustics in which local groups often perform, including choirs, school productions, concert and jazz bands and community theatre groups. Since ArtSpring first opened in 1999, the stage has hosted everything from cutting edge dance shows to a local production of the rock opera Tommy. ArtSpring is also known for the regular series it presents to the community in classical music, jazz, dance, theatre and family programming, bringing in professional Canadian and international artists for local inspiration and entertainment. For ArtSpring’s current events calendar, visit www.artspring.ca or check local entertainment listings. Tickets to performances can be purchased at the box office; admission to gallery and lobby exhibitions is free. - ElizAbEth nolAn

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he year 2010 marked the 20th anniversary of the famous Salt Spring Studio Tour. Armed with a userfriendly map and led onward by iconic black sheep signs, visitors have enjoyed following self-directed tours that bring them straight to the heart of artistic activity on the island for more than two decades. Studios found on Salt Spring create a multitude of fine

handmade products, from artisan cheese and bread to ceramics and textiles. The unique blend of island living and contemporary sensibility is underscored by the personal element that comes with meeting the artists in their own workspace. Studio tour coordinator Vaughn Walters agrees that along with quality crafts, it’s the personal part of the experience that most visitors cherish. “People love to watch the artists work. They can examine the products closely and in many cases learn about the process used. They may even find treasures to take home with them.” The Studio Tour map provides information as to the types of crafts available at 33 participating locations and includes the opening hours for summer, shoulder and

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winter seasons. Visitors can find candles, clocks, clothing, flowers and plants, wool and other fibres, food, furniture, glass, herbal products, home decor, jewellery, paintings and prints, photography, pottery, quilts, sculpture, textiles, wall art, weaving, wine and wood products. Outdoor patios give guests the chance to linger over coffee or picnics at Salt Spring Island Cheese or Salt Spring Vineyards. Seekers of further relaxation will be satisfied by Sacred Mountain Lavender and Solace Organic Spa. Countless other locations offer the opportunity to find a meaningful piece of art or even a cute souvenir. Walters notes, “The studio tour is so popular that 50,000 maps were distributed in 2009. There are visitors coming from all over the world.” Don’t expect to be crowded out, however. With the

maps placed firmly in their own hands, visitors direct tours according to their individual interests and timelines. As one recent visitor describes, “For me it is a very intimate island and art adventure . . . I love the real experience, such as a wood turner leaving his lathe behind while the fragrance of wood shavings still hovers in the air, or the splatters of paint on an easel in another artist’s conversation.” Studio Tour maps can be found on BC Ferries, the tourist information office and at various marinas and accommodations. Many accommodations will have an onsite copy of the Studio Tour Book, which is available for sale at local book stores. The map can also be downloaded from www. saltspringstudiotour.com. - ElizAbEth nolAn

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alt Spring’s Market in the Park is the kind of the legendary shopping experience akin to Chiang Mai’s night bazaar or a Morrocan souk, but with one major difference: everything sold there is created on the island by local artisans or food producers. With up to 150 participants arriving to set up in the early hours each week, the market offers a range

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of goods no less plentiful than the most exotic trading crossroads. Art, jewellery, hand crafts, body products and soap, clothing, musical instruments and cards are among the souvenirs that visitors take away with them. Gifts to brighten a short stay include fresh produce, cut flowers, smoked salmon, cheese, baked goods and bread. Munchies to enjoy on the spot speak to every palate,

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from thick breakfast burritos to refreshing popsicles made with fruit juice or yoghurt. The flourishing vendor community is the place to find emerging talent, where artisans often establish a home base for wider business ventures to come. The market has given birth to an international eco-clothing line, a chain of soap stores and a gourmet spice line, among other successes. As ceramic artist Julie MacKinnon explains, there’s a reason why the market enjoys such a high reputation among visitors and locals alike. “It’s an artists’ community in itself,” MacKinnon says. “More people are coming here every year to become artists, and all of us are adapting and creating new work that we get to showcase weekly.”

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Although Salt Spring artists are often celebrated in other venues — MacKinnon’s funky, modern vessels have been featured in Canadian Living magazine, for example — the ability to form a relationship with buyers is valued by people selling their own creations. “On Salt Spring we are very blessed that people come to buy work from us directly. People want the story — they want the find. And they come back year after year,” MacKinnon says. Elizabeth Buchanan of South Ridge Farm received the Chamber of Commerce small business award as best market vendor in 2010. Her specialty food items like vegan nettle chai and spelt chocolate cakes receive high marks from customers, but Buchanan says what people really like is the authentic island flavour that all the food vendors supply. “You’re often working on your own preparing your things, but then you bring it to the market and it’s all worthwhile,” Buchanan says. “People are really appreciative that it’s local. There’s a lot of compliments.” Visitors often contact Buchanan for advice on growing or cooking herbs and vegetables long after they’ve left Salt Spring Island — just one example of the personal connection that makes the market shopping experience a truly unique one.

In 2011, the Market in the Park is open every Saturday from April 2 to Oct. 29. Hours are approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — but get there early for fresh bread.

Salt Spring: Tuesday Farmers Market in Ganges. north Pender Island: Saturdays at the community hall. galiano Island: Saturdays at Lions Field. Mayne Island: Saturdays at the Ag Hall. gabriola Island: Saturdays at the agricultural hall. Saturna Island: Saturdays at the community hall.

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alt Spring’s size and diverse terrain makes it an appealing place to travel on foot, with trails to meet a wide range of fitness levels and time considerations. Kees Visser is president of the island’s Trail and Nature Club, whose 250 members can participate in hikes in varying levels of difficulty every Tuesday from September to June. “You really have here the whole array of landscapes and views,” Visser says of the Salt Spring scenery. “You have shoreline, parklands, mountains, hills . . . If you spend a week here you can see it all on one of the trails.” Visser recommends wearing a good pair of shoes regardless of the weather. Bottled water is also a must — and don’t forget a camera! Favourite island hikes include: Ruckle Park’s mixture of farmland, forest and ocean bluffs includes many inlets and sheltered areas along the island’s southern shore. Leaving from the main parking area, a flat but interesting trail can extend as long as three hours if travelling to the park’s northern boundary at Yeo Point. Marine wildlife to look out for includes harbour seals and porpoises. Peter Arnell Park, located on a high ridge between Fulford and Ganges centres, has a small network of trails that is perfect for anyone with a short amount of time or limited walking ability. At the island’s northern tip, the Jack Foster Trail is reached just north of North End Road on Southey Point Road. A 30-minute walk takes you through mixed forest and wetlands to a stunning beach with views across to Galiano Island. Low tide will allow access around the point to small, sandstone sheltered coves at the end of Arbutus and Zabel roads. Serious hikers won’t want to miss the view from Mount Erskine, which can be accessed from a marked trailhead on Collins Road. Visitors will be enchanted by tiny fairy doors set into the trees. The view from the peak is of Vancouver Island, seen directly across Sansum Narrows. Hikers should give themselves at least four hours for the round trip. Another area for experienced hikers only is Hope Hill in the island’s south end — the island’s highest point at 750 metres (2,500 feet). The network of trails, which can be utilized for hikes of anywhere from two to five hours, will reward visitors with an unparalleled panorama that extends over the Southern Gulf Islands and includes Mount Baker and Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. Protected Garry oak meadows and rare plant species are also found in the area. — ElizAbEth nolAn

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ith spectacular scenery, quiet side roads, and water and mountain vistas, the Gulf Islands are a natural choice for the adventurous cyclist. But biking on the Gulf Islands is not without its challenges. The major roads connecting the ferries and leading into the villages are shared with car traffic and can be busy and fairly narrow with small to non-existent shoulders. Helmets are mandatory in B.C. and reflective clothing and lighting is highly recommended for evening cycling or in inclement weather, as most areas of the islands are without streetlights and can be extremely dark. Most of the roads are considered moderate in difficulty, but be prepared for more than a few challenging hills if you plan to cycle cross-island or tour for any significant distance. The Gulf Islander 2011

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or those who can’t resist the call of the sea, there is no place better to explore their passions than the waters of the Gulf Islands. Recognized as one of the finest cruising areas in the world, the islands and surrounding Salish Sea present nautical challenges, interesting geographic features and all the necessary amenities. Roger Kibble, the skipper of a 33-foot Danish racing boat who has sailed local waters for over 35 years, says year-round accessibility is one of the many attractions delighting sailors and other boaters from across the globe.

“The weather conditions are always interesting, various and challenging with the wind coming from all directions, but the conditions are benign and the waves are fairly flat,” Kibble notes. Nautical challenges that make the experience exciting include rocks, currents, fogs, traffic and puzzling navigation. But the rewards go beyond a mere sharpening of skills, as Kibble points out. “This is an area of the most spectacular scenery — and there’s lots of room for boats,” Kibble says. “There are endless islands, trips and locations to go to. You

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could spend your whole life here sailing almost constantly and never be unsatisfied.” Pleasure boaters of all kinds revel in the possibilities that unfold, and are enviably equipped to discover the many areas of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve that are marine access only. Small craft are the ideal — and only — means of transport to places such as Russell Island. Located just off Salt Spring’s southern shores, the popular picnic spot is home to a historic homestead farmed by Hawaiian and Fist Nations settlers during the 19th century. Portland Island is another boataccessed park area, offering two anchorages, three campsites and 10 kilometres of walking trails that run all along the circumference of the island. The waters around the Gulf Islands are often using as training grounds for sailors, and are home to select regattas and racing events hosted by the Salt Spring Island Sailing Club. The annual Round Salt Spring Race, held on the May long weekend, regularly attracts participants from all over the Pacific coast. The sailing club offers courses and a social hub for island sailors of every age group and skill level, including an active junior program. Even people who have yet to test their mettle against the wind will find that friendly advice is easily given, and training opportunities can be found on local boats. “Many people are knowledgeable and ready to help,” Kibble says, adding that it’s not uncommon for local club members to set out from the Gulf Islands on their way to circumnavigating the world. And for those who want to challenge

the waves from a solid base on land, the sailing club is home to another possibility with radio-controlled model yachts, which follow the same rules as full-sized ones and can sail into gale force winds. The club hosts the sport’s western Canadian championships from June 4 to 6 this year and the national championships from Sept. 9 to 11. — ElizAbEth nolAn

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or golfers wanting a little variety in their sport, golfing on the Gulf Islands is the answer. Salt Spring, Gabriola, Galiano and Pender island courses are in the middle of a small paradise, which is ideal for people on holidays and those who want to experience something different from the usual busy urban golf course. The courses are challenging and demand a different set of skills, but you can still relax and enjoy the unique environment each course offers. Nature abounds with deer on the fairways and eagles soaring above — to mention just a few of the courses’ regular visitors. • Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club boasts treelined rolling fairways and well-manicured greens located in spectacular countryside. The nine-hole, par 36 course is open all year-round, and is centrally located near Portlock Park, not far from the island's main town of Ganges. The course also has a full-service clubhouse, driving range, practice green and licensed Falconshead Grill restaurant. Club and cart rentals are also available.

• Blackburn Meadows Golf Club was Canada's first organically maintained golf course. Set on picturesque Blackburn Lake on Salt Spring Island, the nine-hole course is open from March through the end of October, offering a full range of rentals, including clubs and power carts, and a clubhouse for snacks and drinks. • Gabriola Golf and Country Club has rolling fairways overlooking beautiful Hoggan Lake, with well-manicured greens that provide challenging putts. A driving range, practice green, power carts, club rentals and a full-service clubhouse are available. • The Galiano course offers water hazards, bunkers, lush fairways and giant trees, providing “serious but enjoyable challenges and fun for players of all ability levels.” A clubhouse, licensed cafe, practice green, power carts and club rentals are also part of the package. • Pender Island’s course includes four elevated tee boxes that afford expansive views of the challenging shots ahead. The setting is peaceful, and facilities include a licensed cafe and lounge, pro shop, club and power cart rentals.

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a short trip or an overnight adventure, offering the least motorboat traffic and the best wildlife spotting. Across Trincomali Channel from Salt Spring, Wallace Island is the ideal short distance getaway. Though located just off of Galiano, the island is a provincial marine park. Water, pit toilets, picnic tables and 18 walk-in campsites can be found at three designated camping areas. North of Wallace Island are the Secretary Islands, home to two large colonies of harbour seals. Continuing on will bring paddlers to Kuper and Thetis islands â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Barnes recommends a lunch at the Thetis Island Marina Pub. Paddlers launching from Long Harbour or Fulford docks will have to be aware of ferry crossings and increased boating traffic, but the rewards are

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iscovering a great place to eat or a novel taste sensation is one of the rewards of travelling in any part of the world. on the gulf Islands, there’s no shortage of unique restaurants and cafes to grab visitors’ interests and satisfy their appetites. you won’t be inundated by fast food signs, but you will be able to sample delectable West Coast cuisine, often made with locally grown and/or manufactured products. If you don’t feel like a sit-down meal in a restaurant, there’s several take-out options and grocery stores stocked with picnicking tourists in mind. As the most populated island, Salt Spring has the most choices, with coffee houses, bakeries, pizzerias and restaurants for families, pub-goers and seasoned gourmands. And, as islanders will proudly tell you, no one place is like another. Check out the gulf Islander Dining guide to get your first taste of the choices.

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he growing of grapes and the creation of fine wines and beer is a relatively new agri-industry on the Gulf Islands. But it’s one that has put the spotlight on the region as a great place to visit for that reason alone. Here’s the lowdown on island wineries and the Gulf Islands Brewery. • Salt Spring Vineyards, located in beautiful Fulford Valley, is just minutes away from the ferry by bus or by car. Joanne and Dev McIntyre, with winemaker Paul Troop, produce award-winning hand-crafted VQA wines totally from island fruit. They are committed to doing this "island-style," sustainable for land and community. Wines include Karma, traditional method champenoise blended from estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; Pinot Gris; Aromata (the 2009 version was a silver medal winner at the 2010 Canadian Wine Awards, along with the 2009 Blattner White); Millotage; Pinot Noir reserve, among others. Their Blackberry Port is becoming legendary. Visitors experience warm Salt Spring hospitality, tasting wines paired with local foods, often with live music. Licensed picnic grounds provide a lovely pond setting to enjoy. Watch for special events such as their

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Solstice Celebration in June and the Harvest Grape Stomp in October. 250-653-9463; info@saltspringvineyards.com; www.saltspringvineyards.com • In 1999 Marcel Mercier and Elaine Kozak left the corporate world to follow their dream, purchasing a 100-year-old farm on Salt Spring Island and establishing the Garry Oaks Winery. Garry Oaks Winery produces a “Classics” series label, including Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Blanc de Noir, and an “Original” series with Prism, Fetish and Zeta products. Its most recent awards, among many received over the years, are a gold medal for its 2009 Pinot Gris, and silver medals for the 2009 Blanc de Noir and 2008 Pinot Noir, all from the 2010 Northwest Wine Summit. Garry Oaks Winery is located at 1880 Fulford-Ganges Road and open daily from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving and by appointment from March through mid-May. It can be reached at 250-653-4687 or info@garryoakswinery.com, with the website at garryoakswinery.com. • Partner couples Ian and Wendy Baker, Dave and Lenora Baker, and Cliff Broetz and Barb Steele opened Mistaken Identity Vineyard to the public in June 2009. With a beau-

• Liquor provisioning available to yachts • Featuring local Salt Spring wines and beers • Great selections of cold beer, wine & spirits • Cigars and cigarettes, ice, ATM, mixes • The Local Bar is located right on the water with a covered & heated patio, full LOTTO available • BYOF (bring your own food) we are steps away from five great restaurants • Sports TV, free high speed wireless internet • We serve lunches & dinners from Bruce’s Kitchen

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nadian Brewing Awards. The ales are widely available on Salt Spring and southern Vancouver Island at restaurants, pubs and in liquor stores. Tours by appointment. See www.saltspringislandales.com for more info. • If you can’t make it to the doorstep of one of the islands’ wineries, be assured that local liquor stores tend to have a good selection of island-made wines for purchase.

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tiful new tasting room, deck overlooking the certified organic orchard and licensed picnic area, Mistaken Identity is proud to serve its clean and crisp wines. Two medals have already been earned at the Canadian Wine Awards for its Pinot Rosé and Pinot Gris 2008. Mistaken Identity is located at the corner of Norton and Lower Ganges roads, just a short distance from Ganges. www.mistakenidentityvineyards.com • Pender Island has Morning Bay Vineyard and Estate Winery, located at 6621 Harbour Hill Drive. Visit www. morningbay.ca for more information on the wines, the tours and tasting opportunities or call 250-629-8351. • Saturna Island Vineyards has been producing wine since 1998 on a 60-acre property, making it one of the largest winery operations in B.C. With a wine shop, tasting room and bistro, visitors can sample wines, enjoy a gourmet lunch and then carry home their favourite vintages for a future treat. Visit www.saturnavineyards.com for more information. • Gulf Islands Brewing Ltd., makers of Salt Spring Island Ales, is located in the Fulford Valley on Salt Spring. The small cottage brewery operates out of a purpose-built, 2,500-square-foot barn at the foot of Mount Bruce and the site of the brewery’s natural spring. Brewmaster Murray Hunter creates some of the most unique and delicious unfiltered and unpasteurized brews around with a local focus that works with island farmers to source and grow seasonal ingredients. From farm to cup, they aspire to create beers that embody the islands’ flavour and character. Twotime national gold medalist at the Ca-

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he number of food-related cottage industries seems to climb higher each year, as islanders become more conscious of how consuming local products benefits the economy, their health and the planet. Island-made cheeses, chocolates, coffee, fish products, tofu, flour, gelato, pasta, spices and seasonings, jams, gourmet condiments, teas, breads and a “back 40’s worth” of farm products can be picked up here. All of the islands’ farmers’ markets offer a chance to buy some homegrown, home-baked or prepared-onthe-spot delicacies. In the last few years, the field of artisan breads and exquisite baked treats has really blossomed.

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Next to the Fernwood Pier, and overlooking Trincomali Channel, the coffee house is a mix of new and old world charm. Serving fresh coffees and teas from 8:00 a.m., the venue also offers a terrific deli menu and a wide variety of retail foods and spices.

Over looking the peaceful serenity of the Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club our menu’s cover a wide array of food including seafood, steaks, ribs, chicken, pasta’s and grilled panini sandwiches. The Falconshead Grill and Lounge is a licensed “all ages” venue.

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Gulf Islands restaurateurs pride themselves on using locally grown foods whenever possible, fostering a true “farm-to-plate” culture. They will often note which local products are used in specific menu items, including the name of the farm, when applicable. Fish and seafood is also plentiful on the islands, of course. Visitors can stroll down to the docks to see if a daily catch is available — most likely in the form of live crab — or again, enjoy fruits of the sea prepared by local chefs. Salt Spring mussels, grown in aquaculture operations, are developing quite the reputation, and can often be found on restaurant menus throughout the region. Salt Spring now even boasts an oyster bar, where the best of the region can be savoured. A number of island-based companies offer packaged seafood products available at the grocery stores, specialty stores and even the markets, in some cases.

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Salt Spring lamb has long been famous and presented in fancy eateries near and far, but many other island products are now being “exported” and find themselves in high demand in off-island restaurants and stores, and through internet sales. Local grocery stores are also supportive of island-grown-and-created products, so they're always easy to find. A number of food producers are Salt Spring Studio Tour participants, including Sacred Mountain Lavender, which also holds a festival each summer, showcasing all things lavender. This year it's on July 3. The Chamber of Commerce even promotes a “Simply Salt Spring” label for prepared foods and other items such as made-on-island soaps, scintillating body-pleasing products and “mass-produced” crafts — of which there are many to celebrate.

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of local walnuts appear in late fall. People who don’t have time to tour the roadways can find everything they desire at either the Saturday market or the Tuesday Farmers Market in Ganges. As a response to the challenges of climate change, residents of the Gulf Islands are aiming to dramatically increase local food production. Farming advocates have long embraced island growing, including internationally in-demand speaker Michael Ableman, who can be seen with his family members selling Foxglove Farm produce at the Saturday market or at their Mount Maxwell farm that often hosts

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orchards. Over 100 breeds and many host locations are celebrated at the Salt Spring Apple Festival, held annually during the first weekend in October. Evidence of the islands’ deep farming roots can also be seen at popular fall fair events held annually on Mayne, Pender and Salt Spring. Visitors can island hop over the course of the harvest, with stops at the Mayne Fall Fair on Aug. 20, Pender on Aug. 27 and then to Salt Spring for Sept. 17-

18 in 2011. Fall fairs are produced by the islands’ various farmers institutes and an army of volunteers. Salt Spring also hosts events such as an annual Ruckle Farm Day with a horse ploughing match, old-time skills demonstrations and 4-H animal displays each spring. In 2011, the second annual "heritage day," celebrating agrarian life, will be held at the Farmers' Institute on July 3. — ElizAbEth nolAn

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ArbutuS bluff bEd And brEAkfASt 1425 Coats Drive East PH: 250-247-9170 FAX: 250-247-7616 EMAIL: info@arbutusbluff.ca WEB: www.arbutusbluff.ca Spectacular ocean and mountain views, deer graze just outside your window and eagles soar past. Our spacious rooms each have a queen-size bed, luxury linens, propane fireplaces, and deluxe ensuite washrooms. Designed with your privacy and comfort in mind.

563 Arbutus Drive PH: 250-539-2463 TOLL FREE: 1-877-535-2424 FAX: 250-539-2463 EMAIL: bluevista@bluevistaresort.com WEB: www.bluevistaresort.com Comfortable, fully equipped one and twobedroom cottages in beautiful park-like setting, walking distance to beach, park and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Ocean glimpses. Pet friendly cottages available. Complimentary ferry pickup. Great for quiet retreats, family vacations, groups.

pEndEr ACCoMModAtionS poEtS CoVE rESort And SpA 9801 Spalding Road PH: 250-629-2100 TOLL FREE: 1-888-512-POET (7638) FAX: 250-629-2105 EMAIL: reservations@poetscove.com WEB: www.poetscove.com The jewel of the Gulf Islands offers a luxurious full service resort spa and marina with oceanview cottages, villas, and lodge rooms. Experience exquisite West Coast dining year-round, outdoor recreation, and all the pampering you deserve here at Poets Cove.

PH: 1-877-890-0764 WEB: www.saltspring-accommodation.com Seven truly unique cottage, suite and bed & breakfast accommodations on Salt Spring Island offer you a magical and enchanting getaway. Choose from oceanside to pastoral, mountain, valley and lakeside locations with all the amenities you are searching for. You deserve the best Salt Spring experience and we can help make it happen!

ACCoMModAtionS group of SAlt Spring iSlAnd Choose from over 89 accommodation providers on fabulous Salt Spring Island. There is a B&B, inn or hotel for your dream vacation and your budget. Check out the Accommodations Group of Salt Spring Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members at our website: www.saltspringaccommodation.ca or email to info@saltspringaccommodation.ca Come to Salt Spring for the fine art of relaxing!

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gAliAno ACCoMModAtionS gAliAno oCEAnfront inn & SpA Oceanfont Inn, Restaurant & Spa 134 Madrona Drive, Galiano Island PH: 250-539-3388 TOLL FREE: 1-877-530-3939 EMAIL: info@galianoinn.com WEB: www.galianoinn.com Spectacular West Coast inn, spa & wellness retreat: romantic dining in Atrevida. All rooms exceptional oceanfront, fireplaces, private terraces, luxurious baths; special spa packages; whale-watching; golf; kayaking; biking and more.

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PH: 250-629-3493 VHF 66A EMAIL: info@portbrowning.com WEB: www.portbrowning.com The rejuvenated Port Browning Marina and Resort is a full Marina Resort offering cafe, fine dining and bar with lots of indoor and outdoor seating. Ample camping facilities, moorage, new laundry facility, new showers, outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. Fresh crab, prawns and much more to make your visit a memorable one!

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156 Quebec Drive PH: 250-537-0764 TOLL FREE: 1-877-890-0764 EMAIL: info@blackberryglen.com WEB: www.blackberryglen.com Tripadvisor acclaimed and recommended! Hospitality, country charm and home ooked breakfast too! Sundeck, Spa and relaxation await you on this private country acreage with ponds, orchard gardens and meadows. Room for every budget.


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175 Suffolk Road PH: 250-537- 2214 EMAIL: info@saltspringcottageresort.com WEB: www.saltspringcottageresort.com, www.cranberryridge.com Enjoy any month of the year in the comfort of your private cottage suite. Welcoming gatherings, families and couples with our heartfelt hospitality. Read by the water, snuggle by the fire, paddle, fish, hike, play. A beautiful sanctuary.

101 Bittancourt Road PH: 250-537-4145 TOLL FREE: 1-800-434-4112 FAX: 250-537-4323 WEB: www.seabreezeinne.com We offer affordable, old fashioned island hospitality in a picturesque country setting only minutes from the town of Ganges. Family oriented, with modern comfortable rooms. Our spacious grounds feature a guest gazebo area, hot tub and barbecues. Complimentary breakfast. Canada Select and Tourism BC approved.

305 Rainbow Road (Corner of Rainbow Road & Atkins Road) PH: 250-537-4346 EMAIL: gardenfaire@saltspring.com WEB: www.gardenfaire.ca Tent and RV sites beautifully situated in the filtered sunlight of an old growth forest. 10-minute walk to Ganges village, via the Mouat Park trails. We’re conveniently located across from our community swimming pool, hot tub and bus service.

hArbour houSE hotEl And orgAniC fArM 121 Upper Ganges Road TOLL FREE: 1-888-799-5571 FAX: 250-537-4618 EMAIL: info@saltspringharbourhouse.com WEB: www.saltspringharbouse.com Stunning sunrises await you at our thirtysix room country inn and organic farm overlooking Ganges Harbour. Enjoy our local-food restaurant. Relax in the on-site spa or yoga studio. Throw a party in our banquet rooms. Sip local wines on the outdoor patio. Visit the goats on our backyard farm. Five minutes to town AND we’re pet friendly!

hAStingS houSE CountrY houSE hotEl 160 Upper Ganges Road PH: 250-537-2362 1-800-661-9255 WEBSITE: www.hastingshouse.com Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World Top Zagat-rated Canadian resort 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Hastings House Country House Hotel, Dining Room and Spa. Our exquisite waterfront property offers luxurious accommodation, award-winning cuisine and an intimate spa, all together on twenty-two acres of lawns, gardens and sparkling ocean views. We invite you to experience the Gulf Island jewel first hand.

QuArrYStonE houSE bEd & brEAkfASt 1340 Sunset Drive PH: 250-537-5980 TOLL FREE: 1-866-537-5980 EMAIL: quarrystone@uniserve.com WEB: www.quarrystone.com Stunning ocean and sunset views located on 5 country acres. All of the rooms are in a separate building from the main house ensuring complete privacy. Private patios/balconies, entrances, fireplaces, jacuzzies, tav/dvd, wi-fi, fridge, microwave and more. Gourmet country breakfast, children and pets welcome.

SAlt Spring inn 132 Lower Ganges Road TOLL FREE: 1-877-537-9339 PH: 250-537-9339 FAX: 250-537-9373 EMAIL: saltspringinn@ssisland.com WEB: www.saltspringinn.com Seven comfortable guest rooms, fireplaces, ocean views, TV, internet, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, fresh seafood, lamb, vegetarian menu, steaks, pasta, locally made draughts and wine. “See you at the Inn.”

Spindrift At WElburY point 255 Welbury Point Drive PH: 250-537-5311 WEB: www.spindriftsaltspringisland.com Spindrift is a unique protected peninsula where adults find harmony with nature and resident wildlife along secluded, seafront paths to private, white sand beaches: six individually appointed cottages with kitchens, fireplaces and sun decks directly overlooking the ocean. Quiet, leashed pets on approval. Spindrift is an adult sanctuary.

SAlt SpringS SpA rESort 1460 North Beach Road PH: 250-537-4111 TOLL FREE: 1-800-665-0039 EMAIL: info@saltspringspa.com WEB: www.saltspringspa.com Luxurious oceanview chalets and deluxe spa facilities. Natural and healing mineral spring waters. Two-person hydro-jet tubs, fireplace and full kitchen in every chalet. Great variety of spa therapies. New to our spa: Ayurveda — the ancient Indian science of healing.

SAlt Spring VinEYArdS b&b 151 Lee Road at the 1700 block FulfordGanges Road (top of Lee’s Hill) PH: 250-653-9463 EMAIL: info@saltspringvineyards.com WEB: www.saltspringvineyards.com Experience Salt Spring from a private suite at the winery, with balcony or deck, deluxe bathroom, stocked mini-kitchen and beautiful vineyard views. Sip awardwinning local wines, enjoying the lovely setting and warm hospitality. Rated 3.5 kisses in “Best Places to Kiss.”

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104 McPhillips Avenue PH: 250-537-2812 FAX: 250-537-1926 Books for everyone: fabulous fiction, great guides, an eclectic mix of subjects, thousands of magazines, local and international papers, art supplies, maps and nautical charts, local art cards, email, fax, photocopying — we have it all! Open 7 days a week.

frAnklY SCArlEt JEWEllErY & obJEtS d’Art 1105 Grace Point Square, 115 FulfordGanges Road PH: 250-537-9500 EMAIL: franklyscarletjewellery@telus.net WEB: www.franklyscarletjewellery.com Offering you a store filled with beautiful, distinctive and unique items. Come in and enjoy our art jewellery, one of a kind pieces, blown glass, sculptures and gifts. Canadian designers and artists as well as selected world artists.

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GALLERIES SAlt Spring gAllEriES ArtCrAft 114 Rainbow Road PH: 250-537-0899 EMAIL: manager@artcraftgallery.ca WEB: www.artcraftgallery.ca The largest, longest-running art exhibition and sale of work by Gulf Islands artists is located in historic Mahon Hall. An internationally renowned gallery, ArtCraft encompasses creative island spirit with its quality and wide selection of unique handcrafts and art.

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3101-115 Fulford-Ganges Road, Grace Point Square PH: 250-538-0025 EMAIL: info@blacksheepbooks.ca WEB: www.blacksheepbooks.ca Formerly Sabine’s Fine Used Books, we are an old world bookshop on the harbour in downtown Ganges. Explore two floors of fine antiquarian and nearly new titles in our maze of aisles and quiet nooks, where you’ll discover familiar favourites, classic and contemporary fiction, cruising guides, used marine charts, and informative books that can take you anywhere, from outer space to inner peace. Open every day except Christmas and New Year’s.

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Formerly J Mitchell Gallery 3104-115 Fulford-Ganges Road PH: 250-537-8822 TOLL FREE: 1-866-537-8822 EMAIL: art@gallery8saltspring.com, jmitchellgallery@saltspring.com WEB: www.galllery8saltspring.com & www.jmitchellgallery.com As you stroll the village of Ganges, a must see is Gallery 8, oceanside at Grace Point Square. The progressive, contemporary fine art and exquisite craft, expressed in a broad range of mediums, distinguish Gallery 8 and the accomplished local artists it exclusively represents.

Jill louiSE CAMpbEll finE Art gAllErY Mouat’s Landing in Ganges PH: 250-537-1589 TOLL FREE: 1-800-474-6705 EMAIL: saltspring@jlcgallery.com WEB: www.jlcgallery.com One of the most visited galleries on Salt Spring. Open late every evening in summer, this single-artist gallery features a stunning collection of affordable art from her worldwide travels. “A gallery not to miss.”

Seaside at Mouat’s TOLL FREE: 1-800-668-6131 PH: 250-537-2421 EMAIL: info@pegasusgallery.ca WEB: www.pegasusgallery.ca Established in 1972, Pegasus Gallery offers Important Historical Canadian art including The Group of Seven, Robert Pilot, WJ Phillips, Sybil Andrews, The Beaver Hall Group and Cornelius Krieghoff. Pegasus also represents fine local Contemporary painters and sculptors as well as Contemporary and Historical Northwest Coast Native art and baskets.

thE SAlt Spring gAllErY of finE Art 135 McPhillips Avenue PH: 250-931-0011 WEB: www.saltspringgallery.ca A unique co-operative of local artists featuring glasswork, sculpture, pottery, jewellery, photography, paintings & wall art. This gallery is staffed by the artists themselves so you may have an opportunity to personally discuss their art. This is truly a Salt Spring treasure you will not want to miss.

StEffiCh finE Art 3105-115 Fulford-Ganges Road PH: 250-537-8448 TOLL FREE: 1-877-537-8448 FAX: 250-537-9233 EMAIL: info@steffichfineart.com WEB: www.steffichfineart.com The gallery offers a fusion of contemporary, Inuit, and Northwest Coast art. We are proud to stand alongside the National Gallery in exhibiting renowned artists Jack Shadbolt, Norval Morrisseau and Abraham Anghik Ruben. Dogs and Kids welcome. the Point gallery.

thE point gAllErY 132 Beaver Point Road PH: 250-653-0089 EMAIL: pointgallery@telus.net Celebrating ten years of exhibiting challenging work in a uniquely rural alternate space close to Fulford Harbour. Exhibits March to October of contemporary art curated by artist owner Margaret Day. Open Friday, Sunday to Tuesday 11-5pm. otherwise by appointment

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STAN & MAXINE MCRAE 501 North Road PH: 250-247-9316 EMAIL: mcraesm@shaw.ca Stan: Functional and creative wooden bowls, servers and other turned pieces made from local wood. Maxine: Original abstract paintings and cards in watercolour, inks, acrylic, collage and other mixed media. Elemental Art: Glass-WoodPaper-Metal 2 studies - 6 artists - open Oct. 8-9 from 9am - 5pm. 940 Tansy Rd. & 1090 Sansom Rd., Gabriola.

gAbriolA ArtS CounCil KATHY MCINTYRE PH: 250-247-7409 EMAIL: info@gabriolaartscouncil.org WEB: www.gabriolaartscouncil.org

gAbriolA ArtWorkS KATHY RAMSEY 9-575 North Road PH: 250-247-7412 EMAIL: artworks@gabriolaartworks.com WEB: www.gabriolaartworks.com A two-storey treasure trove of island art, featuring over 150 locals. Soak up the creative ambience over a cappuccino from the in-house coffee bar. During the summer we feature a different local artist each week. Special events year-round.

Judith MAdSEn 1415 Coats Drive PH: 250-247-9045 WEB: www.judithmadsen.com Judith is a representational watercolourist who enjoys commission works. Portraits of your favourite people, pets and travel photos captured for your very own art collection.

norgAtE Studio SHEILA NORGATE 2531 Tyee Drive PH: 250-247-7308 EMAIL: snorgate@shaw.ca WEB: www.sheilanorgate.com Original acrylics by full-time Canadian artist. Animated, intelligent and highly distinctive, Norgateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is shown in fine galleries across North America and recognized by collectors from around the world. Paintings in-studio are also available through her website. Commissions welcomed.

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pAprikA dESign NINA TURCZYN PH: 250-325-7226 EMAIL: nina.paprikadesign@gmail.com WEB:www.paprikadesign.ca The handmade silver jewellery of Paprika Design is an example of what happens when a graphic designer turns to silversmithing! This beautifully crafted work is not to be missed during the Gabriola Studio Tour 2011.

tAMMY hudgEon glASSWorkS 1790 Seymour Road PH: 250-247-0164 FAX: 250-247-0134 EMAIL: tammyglass@telus.net WEB: www.tammyhudgeon.com Unique, highly original glass art infused with vibrant colour and spirit. The wide range of work from this award-winning artist includes jewelry, bowls, windows, garden art and larger-than-life glass sculptures framed in steel and wood.

thrEE hEronS Studio & gAllErY JILL ADAMSON 1090 Sansom Road, Gabriola Island PH: 250-247-7925 EMAIL: threeheronsstudio@shaw.ca Jill spent many years working in pastels, watercolours and acrylics, looking for a new medium, she moved on to painting tile murals. While spending time at Ely Cathedral in Cambs, England, working on the restoration and painting of stained glass windows, Jill found her muse, glass painting, fusion, moulding and casting. Her new work ranges from jewelry to large bowls and art windows. The 1,500 sq.ft. studio gallery is open all year round.

SAlt Spring Studio tour Antonio AlonSo MAdronA gAllErY 145 Cottonwood Road PH: 250-537-5659 WEB: www.alonsowoodturning.com My work is a constant exploration of form, in the pursuit of balance, harmony and natural elegance. My aim is to reveal the treasures hidden within the tree and I strive to discover a shape in them that is so alive that one never tires of looking at it.

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ROSS ATKINSON AND SUSANNA KONG 872 Long Harbour Road PH: 250-931-5052 EMAIL: info@elfworks.ca WEB: www.elfworks.ca We bring you a happy collection of hand made wooden toys made from reclaimed wood, along with hats for all ages, scarves shawls, prints and paintings. The toys are simple yet beautiful and promote creativity and imagination in children. You will also find toques and beanies hand knit and crocheted in wool, alpaca, cotton, silk, mohair and more. The scarves and shawls are all one of a kind woven creations in a myriad of colours. Commissioned work is welcome.

frEnCh CountrY fAbriC CrEAtionS DARLENE LANE 109 Broadwell Road PH: 250-537-9865 EMAIL: frenchcountryfabrics@shaw.ca Our sun filled cottage will take you to the south of France. Browse among the many treasures for the home or yourself. All handcrafted from fine fabrics of Provence. Soft furnishings, handbags, tapestries and coated tablecloths for your garden.

MArtinuS JEWElrY Studio MARTIN EBBERS 145 Seaview Avenue PH: 250-538-1730 FAX: 250-5381734 WEB: www.martinus-gold.com Presenting West Coast spirit and European tradition. Discover jewelry of the highest quality and award-winning craftsmanship in gold or platinum with rare gemstones and fine diamonds. Inquiries and custom designs are welcomed. Weekend classes available. The Gulf Islander 2011

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BEN SUTTON 401 Musgrave Road PH: 250-653-2315 FAX: 250-653-2360 EMAIL: info@sacredmountainlavender.com WEB: www.sacredmountainlavender.com Explore rich, purple lavender fields and our farm shop, offering a wide variety of lavender plants, spa and culinary products. Join us for the Salt Spring Lavender Festival, July 3, 2011. See our website for information and our online store!

MARGARET THRELFALL 112 Robinson Road PH: 250-537-4535 EMAIL: willowcrest@shaw.ca Serendipity Studio is set amongst the forest of Willowcrest Farm where Margaret and her husband Tony follow their chosen paths of painting and farming. Margaret’s original artwork includes watercolours of local land and seascapes, as well as oils, pencil drawings, pastel and multimedia work. Noted for her sheep portraits, Margaret also steps into the world of abstraction with a unique style of watercolour on illustration board.

697 Vesuvius Bay Road PH: 250-538-1951 EMAIL: bruceconey@telus.net WEB: www.studioconey.com Vibrant stoneware pottery and decorative, functional glassware to add elegance to your home. Decoupage clocks in various styles and sizes. Spoil yourself or find that special gift.

DAVID WOOD 285 Reynolds Road PH: 250-653-2300 FAX: 250-653-2308 EMAIL: wood@saltspring.com Artisan sheep and goat cheeses. Self guided tours of farm and cheesery. Free tastings, cheese shop cafe and beautiful courtyard for picnics.

SAlt Spring iSlAnd brEAd Co. HEATHER CAMPBELL 251 Forest Ridge Road PH: 250-653-4809 EMAIL: pvanhorn@saltspring.com WEB: www.phillipvanhorndesign.com/bakery Known as “the bread lady,” Heather has been baking organic artisan breads using a wood fired brick oven here on Salt Spring Island since 1994. 78

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SunSEt fArM SANDY ROBLEY 1325 Sunset Drive PH: 250-537-2082 EMAIL: sunsetfarm@saltspring.com Come to the farm for lamb by the piece or box (government inspected), wool socks, comforters and knitting wool, sheepskin rugs, slippers and candles. Handmade and beautiful. Well worth the visit!

SolACE orgAniC SpA JULIE DOOBENEN 111 Saltair Lane PH: 250-653-4688 2nd location at harbour house PH: 250-653-4688 EMAIL: relax@solaceorganicspa.com WEB: www.solaceorganicspa.com Pure and simple. We lend the raw ingredients necessary to give nourishment to your body, peace to your mind and balance to your being. Visit the spa’s shop, offering our handmade herbal teas, organic aromatherapy, body and skincare products using the finest botanicals of earth and sea.

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