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2012 Visitors’ Guide

Visitor information for the canadian gulf islands

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Gabriola Galiano Mayne Pender Saturna Salt SPrinG

AttrActions • recreAtion • Arts • MAps • Dining • AccoMMoDAtions


GALLERIES: Frankly Scarlet Jewellery & Objets d’art, Gallery 8, Steffich Fine Art RETAIL: Persnickety Clothing For Kids, Black Sheep Books PERSONAL CARE: Spa by Lenice CONVENIENCES: Government Liquor Store RESTAURANTS: Auntie Pesto’s Café, Bocados Bistro HEALTH: Dr. R. McGinn-Dentist SERVICES: Canadian Centre for Child Honouring, Derek Crawford Architect Inc., Gulf Island Picture Framing, Lighthouse Ventures, Manulife Financial, Meron Moroz Bookkeeping, Mobius Communications Group Ltd., Ocean’s West Insurance, Royal LePage Realty, Seafirst Insurance, Salt Spring Air Ltd., Yorkshire Design


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35 2012 Visitors’ guiDe introduCtion........................................................................................................................6 transportation.................................................................................................................... 7 island History......................................................................................................................8 tHe iSlandS............................................................................................................................9 Gabriola island ..................................................................................................................10 Galiano island ....................................................................................................................12 Pender islands...................................................................................................................15 Mayne island ................................................................................................................... 20 saturna island ..................................................................................................................22 salt spring island ............................................................................................................24 salt spring island map...................................................................................................32 Ganges map ..................................................................................................................... 30

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artS & Culture..................................................................................................................35 salt spring Arts scene.................................................................................................. 38 salt spring saturday Market........................................................................................36 other Markets ..................................................................................................................37 island Writers....................................................................................................................39 salt spring studio tour ................................................................................................ 40 ArtCraft ..............................................................................................................................42 Artspring Arts Centre....................................................................................................43 Creative Kids Activities................................................................................................. 44

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reCreation .......................................................................................................................... 45 sailing & Boating ............................................................................................................ 46 Kayaking ............................................................................................................................47 Golfing ............................................................................................................................... 48 Cycling ................................................................................................................................49 Hiking on salt spring..................................................................................................... 49 Gulf islands National Park reserve .......................................................................... 50

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Food & drink.........................................................................................................................51 Local Food Products .......................................................................................................53 dining Guide..................................................................................................................... 55 Farming...............................................................................................................................57 Wine & Beer...................................................................................................................... 58

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tHe GulF iSlander Publisher: Amber ogilvie advertising: rick MacKinnon, Leanne Brunelle, erin Jory editor: Gail sjuberg art director: Lorraine sullivan Photography: John Cameron, derrick Lundy, derek Kilbourn, Christian J. stewart, Kevin oke, John Bagshaw, shari Macdonald, elizabeth Nolan, Hans tammemagi, toby snelgove, Gail sjuberg Contributing Writers: Cherie thiessen, sue Kernaghan, elizabeth Nolan, Francine Burnett, Janina stajic the Gulf islander is published annually by driftwood Gulf islands Media, 328 Lower Ganges road, salt spring island, B.C. V8K 2V3 Phone: 250-537-9933 Fax: 250-537-2613 email: driftwood@gulfislandsdriftwood.com Websites: www.gulfislandstourism.com/www.gulfislandsdriftwood.com/ www.driftwoodgimedia.com PriNted iN CANAdA CoVer PHoto: suMMer FuN oN GABrioLA isLANd BY dereK KiLBourN


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How 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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getting to AnD ArounD 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 the Gulf islands are well served by float plane companies that also 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 Water taxi services provide some island connections. n Ways to get around vary from island to island. Besides taxi services and car and scooter rentals, salt spring island has a public transit system with buses meeting most ferries. 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 and bikes can be rented on the islands. Bicycles offer a great way to see the islands up close, but caution should be observed on the islands’ mostly narrow roads.

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www.gulfislandstourism.com Check out our website, the most comprehensive tourism website for the Gulf Islands: from Gabriola in the north to Saturna in the south. The site offers a searchable accommodations directory and directories of restaurants, galleries and other stores and services, along with information about local attractions and features, maps and a calendar of events.

When 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. In recognition of its original inhabitants, the Gulf Islands region is often referred to as the “Salish Sea.” 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. Galiano Island's name was derived from the Spanish explorer Dionisio Galiano, and now the marine park at the north end of the island has been given 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. In 1858-59, a British cartographic expedition on the HMS Plumper was dispatched and resulted in both the production of more accurate maps and the naming of various islands, mountains, points and waters. Local residents named the waterway between Galiano and Mayne Island “Plumper Pass” after the ship. However, Captain George Henry Richards officially named that 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. Also in the late 1850s, pioneers began establishing settlements. 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 soon followed, and established farms and small industries, such as fish salteries and produce farms.

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the Islands 1850s; or the immense beauty of the Gulf islands national Park reserve areas; or the colourful non-mainstream 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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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

relaxation: a matter of time and place on the islands.

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locals (and those in the know) use it as a natural springboard to leap into the Mediterranean-like waters that surround Gabriola in the sumPOPULATION: 4,500 mer. (That’s the spot you see on the FERRY TERMINAL: Gulf Islander cover!) Another kayakdescanso Bay ing route will take you past ancient TOURIST INFO: petroglyphs carved into the sandtwin Beaches Mall on stone rocks by the First Nations who, taylor Bay road some historians believe, once called sunset on on orlebar point. Gabriola home. Land-lubbers and hist may only be a short 20-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo, but when you tory buffs can view more petroglyphs step onto Gabriola Island and breathe in the fresh island air, you’ll feel your- along one of the many walks that self click in to the slower pace of island life. Here, a day spent lounging on a wind through Gabriola’s wilderness sandy beach or visiting a few art studios is sometimes as busy as life gets. On areas, or visit the quirky Gabriola the other hand, if you’d rather be busy, then Gabriola Island is the place to Museum where there are replicas of be with a myriad of activities and attractions for even the most active visitor. the petroglyphs and the volunteer You can kayak through beautiful bays, marvelling at one-of-a-kind sites staff is happy to demonstrate how to such as the Malaspina Galleries, a spectacular sandstone sculpture that the do a petroglyph rubbing, a unique winds and waves of hundreds of years have formed into a gigantic wave. The Gabriola souvenir.

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Of course, a Gabriola holiday wouldn’t be complete without spending time at the beach. Here you have your pick — rocky beaches, where youngsters can spend hours peeking under rocks and discovering tiny sea creatures, long stretches of sandy beach perfect for a shore-side stroll and a break to build a sandcastle, and sandstone beaches where you can spend a lazy afternoon lounging on the sun-heated sandstone watching the world go by. Hint: Degnen Bay is a favourite of locals as it combines sandy spots, beautiful sandstone formations, rocks, as well as a great view towards Valdes Island. If beaches aren’t your thing, then go on a hike through an old-growth forest or through the 282-hectare park in the centre of the island, where cyclists, horse enthusiasts, runners and walkers enjoy a web of trails. Cyclists and passionate runners can also enjoy a trip around the 30-kilometre road that loops the island, or a shorter jaunt out to Berry Point with its vistas of the mountains on the mainland, the quaint Entrance Island Lighthouse and, on clear evenings, the lights of Vancouver and Gibson’s Landing. Gabriola Island is also known as the Isle of the Arts,

with more than 200 artists and artisans living and working here. That’s why the annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour is one of the highlights of Gabriola’s busy event calendar, a calendar that includes a theatre festival, a plethora of musical concerts, and wine, beer and movie festivals. If you’re an art lover but have plans for Thanksgiving, then pick up the Studio Tour Guide, available year round, and browse the listings to see what type of art piques your interest — jewellery, acrylics, woodworking, glass sculpture etc. — then pop by your studio of choice. Many artists open their studios year round, especially if given advance warning, and there’s nothing like buying a piece of artwork directly from the person who made it. To keep you fuelled on your explorations of Gabriola, be sure to stop in to one of the many restaurants, cafés, farmer stalls or the Saturday Farmers Market. All have something different to offer and all are run by locals, so your morning coffee or your afternoon sandwich may be accompanied by a little advice on island attractions, just in case you’re still having trouble filling all of that laidback island time. — Janina StaJiC

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hen thinking Galiano, superlatives come to mind. It seems to have more of everything, except crowds. That’s surprising, really, given that it’s the first stop on the Tsawwassen-Gulf Islands ferry, a trip of under an hour. The lanky island seems to have more sunsets, more oceanfront, more spectacular hikes, more beautiful drives, more stunning views, more range of places to stay and eat, and more things to do, resulting in most visitors sorry they didn’t plan on spending more time here. 12

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Drive up to the Bluffs Park for a dramatic vista across Trincomali Channel and the east end of Active Pass, and explore gentle paths along the ridge in either direction through a 130-hectare landscape of high cliffs, wildflower-strewn meadows, oaks, arbutus and cedar. Combine that with a climb up 355-metre Mount Galiano and another awesome lookout. Depending on the route, hikes can take 30 to 90 minutes. Then explore Bodega Ridge, a six-kilometre trail on the island’s southern half. The views over to Vancouver Island on a clear day roll on forever. Or grab a coffee and a treat from


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the bakery or Emporium in Sturdies Bay and drive the kilometre to Bellhouse Park, where you can sip while watching the ferries, the eagles and the pleasure boats in the pass. Take heed, however; something happens here. Hours can get sucked away in the Active Pass whirlpools. Then there’s Dionisio Point Provincial Park, secreted into the northern end of Porlier Pass. It’s an exceptional find if you have a kayak or small boat. At present there’s no public land access. The 142-hectare park is a dream for campers, hikers, swimmers and shoreline explorers. The island’s northern tip is First Nations land under Penelakut administration. It almost seems unfair that with all its natural delights, Galiano also has 89-hectare Montague Harbour Provincial Marine Park, a highly popular anchorage in the Southern Gulf Islands and the best place to sunset watch.

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one not-to-be missed sight on Galiano island is the beautiful Kunamokst mural at the Galiano oceanfront inn and spa. Kunamokst means “together” in the Chinook language, and the mural is a showcase of more than 190 West Coast artists who participated in this 2010 Winter olympics project. the 12' x 21' mural consists of

231 original paintings that combine to create a new, united image. there are no digital effects or collaboration; each artist simply painted his or her interpretation of West Coast life on the panel, with the only guideline being 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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GALIANO from Page 12 With white shell beaches, a delightful hour’s walk around Gray Peninsula, a lagoon to explore and a campsite that books up every summer, Montague alone puts Galiano on most visitors’ to-visit list. Happily, the fees that used to be charged for day parking have now been removed. An excellent seasonal bistro and small store that also rents mopeds and kayaks is located at Montague Harbour, but most island ameni-

Open year-round with over 25,000 titles plus a great selection of Canadian authors, used books, art supplies & gifts.

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ties are found in Sturdies Bay and about nine B&Bs. In season, visitors can rent bikes, the chunkier southern end of the kayaks and mopeds on the island, island. The luxurious Galiano Inn enabling them to visit the nine galfronts the bay here, spoiling diners leries, the nine-hole golf course and with five-star meals, service and the world-class spa. Galiano also views. It also offers delicious gourmet pizza in the summer, and a free has a famous film and TV school. The Lions’ annual August wine bus to Montague. festival has put Galiano on the Nearby are the local gas station and a liquor/grocery store, a bakery map for wine lovers, the Saturday farmers’ market is held in the same café, an excellent bookstore, sevpark, and the Hummingbird Inn eral galleries and the offices of the and Emporium both have frequent active Galiano Conservancy. entertainment. Groceries and liquor are also It may also be the island with the available at the Corner Store on most unusual festival. Ever heard of Georgeson Bay Road, while across a nettle festival? It’s held in spring, the road is a vibrant and bustling health food store. The nearby Hum- when the nettle is in fine fettle. Ocmingbird Pub offers food and enter- tober also brings on the Blackberry GULF ISLANDER Festival, and in February, it’s the tainment and seasonal free seasonal 2012 now-annual literary festival organbus service to and from Montague AD TO PROOF ized by Galiano Island Books. Harbour. Last on the superlative list, GaAccommodations are consider24 hour response liano has the saddest ferry terminal. able, from top of the line Galiano required Here is a low-res pdf of your ad No one Inn, to the popular old country inn for proofi ng via email.ever wants to leave. high res. version will be used in printing. — CHerie tHieSSen La Berengerie, offering rooms Aand Please proof this ad carefully excellent dining in a romantic setfor tourist information and events, and reply ASAP with your OK or changes. ting. Other resorts include Bodega If you have changes, please respond ASAP, visit www.galianoisland.com and thus allowing the production team time Ridge and Driftwood Village and to make the changes indicated. www.gulfislandstourism.com. If we do not receive changes, the ad goes to press in this format.

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here can you get free killer whale shows with a sunset thrown in? Try Thieves Bay on North Pender. The orcas are a big island summer draw as they feed and frolic almost daily in the rich tidal waters here. Enticing as these “shows” are, they are only one of a myriad of reasons to visit the Penders. These islands have the balance just right, just developed enough to have many amenities, and just natural enough to offer secluded beaches and lonely forest treks, especially on the more undeveloped South Pender. In the southern Gulf Islands, only Saturna Island has more park-

land, and only Salt Spring has more services and attractions. Penders’ visitors can choose from a variety of activities, from blueberry picking at a U-pick farm, to movies at the community centre, from a challenging round of 27-pin disc golf, to browsing in the historic Hope Bay store complex with its warren of shops, artists’ co-op gallery and café lounging over the ocean. The more robust can kayak, swim in three of the islands’ lakes or its swimming pool, hike up 244-metre (800-foot) Mount Norman, or wander the ridge near Greenburn Lake for stunning views. Alternatively, they can explore some of the other 57 trails. The Gulf Islander 2012

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Golfers can tee off on the nine-hole golf course. The Penders also have 37 beach accesses tucked away, a good thing to know on a hot day with restless children. The Pender Islands’ Conservancy Association is a vital steward of the islands, and visitors also reap the benefits. Medicine Beach on North Pender and the stunning scenery and views at Brooks Point at the tip of South Pen-

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der are perfect examples of protected lands that now can be enjoyed by all. Is it Pender Island or Pender Islands, visitors often ask. Even locals are divided. While everyone agrees that there’s a south and a north chunk of land joined by a bridge, originally both chunks were tenuously linked at the portage. In 1903, this narrow canal was dredged to allow safer passage for the small ferry serving the islands,

thus giving birth to South and North Pender. Pender was only one island, however, when in 1859, Capt. George Richards named it in honour of his hydrographic surveyor, Daniel Pender. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until 1955 that the one-lane bridge was built across this canal. The area is a draw for visitors and locals alike, for boat watching, for enjoying nearby Mortimer Spit, and for explorations under


the Islands and near the bridge. Two cairns on the North Pender side mark Simon Fraser University digs that show First Nations settlement of 5,000 years ago. In contrast, the first European settlers didn’t arrive on South Pender until 1886. The museum at Roesland, located in the restored, historic Roe homestead, is a perfect weekend halfday outing, combining history with natural beauty. Walk out to the tip of the islet and enjoy the views, and bring a picnic or at least a thermos for lingering at the beach after your museum visit. You might even want to extend the tour with a short hike to nearby Roe Lake. At North Pender’s Driftwood Centre, visitors will find almost every amenity: gas station, liquor store, book and gift shop, boutique, bakery café, spacious supermarket, bank, gym, pharmacy, a Japanese/Korean restaurant and more. With three marinas, a five-star resort, dining room and spa at Poets Cove, many B&Bs and an inn, the

islands offer a variety of accommodation choices for visitors. Three scenic locations offer camping, (one of which is hike or boat in only). Dining choices range from Poets Cove to The Stand at the ferry terminal, from the popular pub and café at Port Browning to Memories at the Inn, and from Pender Sushi and the bakery café at the Driftwood Centre to the golf course’s bistro and Hope Bay’s new place to eat, Skinny Legs. It’s also worth checking events at the Legion, which often offers inexpensive and hearty meals. Delicious lunches are also available at the Medicine Beach Market and Bakery, and good coffee and baking can also be had at Southridge Farm Market. No one goes hungry on the Penders. Visitors and locals love the Nu to Yu, everyone’s favourite thrift shop, and the unique community hall. Be sure to admire the exterior Welcoming Poles and learn their story. There’s also Morning Bay Winery to discover for a laid-back glass of wine on the

deck, a tasting and a look at the vineyards. Like all of the Gulf Islands, the Penders are home to many talented artists. Over two dozen galleries flourish on both North and South Pender. Because of their affordability, their proximity to Sidney, (the Swartz Bay terminal is only a direct 40-minute ferry trip), and their services, the Penders have enticed a diverse and

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Another surprise is the roads. Even though it’s compact, Mayne has an excellent network, resulting in interesting circular routes and quiet roads, a cyclist’s delight. Swimmers will appreciate the warm waters of Campbell and Piggott bays, and hikers will enjoy the short but steep pull up to the viewpoint at Mount Parke at 255 metres, and the trail to Campbell Point, overlooking Georgeson Island. Everyone will enjoy the views at Georgina Point Lighthouse, watching the marine traffic in Active Pass, and spotting killer whales and birds. Picturesque Mary Magdalene Church en route is worth a stop too. Built in 1898, its graveyard is home to many of the island's pioneers.


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When it comes to places to stay and eat, Mayne offers more surprises. The romantic Oceanwood is a five-star restaurant and inn with an international reputation. Mayne Island Resort’s quality cottages on Bennett Beach have incredible views, the Blue Vista Resort has been offering charming housekeeping cottages since the 1960s, and many B&Bs will make guests feel very much at home. Mayne’s accommodation range also includes a tiny cob cottage for weekly rent, and a private campsite with an outdoor shower. Another surprise is found in the Fernhill Centre. Wild Fennel serves delicious and original lunches and dinners, and a wide selection of B.C. wines, but if this isn’t reason enough to visit, just go in and have a look at the most original art you’ve seen anywhere. Well-known food reviewer Jurgen Gothe recognizes talent when he sees it and his raves have helped put the restaurant and the creations of part-owner/artist Peter Weiss on everyone’s must-visit list. The same centre houses a busy spa, a natural clothing boutique, a natural foods store and a fine little gallery that manages to sensitively display a surprisingly wide selection of local artists’

works. Next door is a thriving market offering preserves, local organic meats and poultry, and a wide array of healthy comestibles. The original settlement of Miners Bay is still a thriving hub, where visitors will find the newly opened Greenhouse Bar and Grill, located in an historic 1910 homestead, and the rustic Springwater Lodge, where sitting outside on the flower-adorned decks and watching the ferries pass by in Active Pass can become an addiction. The Springwater is said to be the oldest continuously operating hotel in B.C., at 120 years old this year. The old agricultural hall, site of the farmers market and fall fair, is also here, as is the library, the general stores, the bakery café, liquor store, bookshop, post office, ATM and gas station. Artists’ galleries and market gardens are also located throughout the island. Head to Dinner Bay and the Japanese Gardens and once again you’ll be surprised. How can such a small island manage to create and to maintain such beautiful Japanese gardens? Dinner Bay Park itself is also a pleasant surprise. With a children’s playground, picnic

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will all find their nirvana. But just when you think you have Saturna pegged as high on nature and low on amenities, it’ll surprise you and lead to the next question: How can an island of only 350 residents offer so much? It’s home, for example, to one of Vancouver’s former outstanding chefs, who now serves up gourmet meals to saturna lamb BBQ. grateful locals and amazed visitors alike at the Saturna Café. It’s home to the ow can an island so close to the mainland be so quiet? The answer general store beside the café, a bright, lies in the getting there. It’s only 14 nautical miles from the Tsawwas- well-stocked market selling ethnic and sen terminal as the crow flies, but the trip involves two ferries, and organic food that would be at home can take over three hours. The journey is so scenic, however, that on Granville Island. It’s also home to most visitors consider this a bonus — two ferries for the price of one. an award-winning winery, the Saturna Hikers looking for trails way off the beaten path, campers looking for peaceIsland Family Estate Winery, located on ful, pristine sites, and kayakers, boaters and swimmers wanting secluded shores stunning grounds overlooking Plumper


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Sound, where between May and October visitors can enjoy a gourmet lunch along with their wine, indoors or out. They can also enjoy wandering down to adjacent Thomson Park, the locals’ favourite community park and beach. It’s also home to a summer market Saturday mornings on the general store grounds, and to several excellent B&Bs, including the idyllic Saturna Lodge. Visitors will also find attractions like kayaking and whale-watching tours. It also supports a store, and a bustling pub and restaurant at the ferry terminal, where an ATM and the sole gas pump is also located. You may need it if you explore every nook and cranny on this easternmost island. Distinctly divided into northern and southern sections, and intersected by a valley running from Lyall Harbour to Narvaez Bay — site of the walk-inonly campground, the north side is dominated by forests encircling Mount Elford, while on the south side, Mount Warburton Pike rises 409 metres over Plumper Sound, one of the island’s best hikes and viewpoints. Nearly 45 per cent of the island is in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, making it

by far the most natural of the Southern Gulf Islands visited by ferries. Cyclists heading to East Point Park who manage the initial steep grades on East Point Road after leaving the ferry will soon roll along one of the most beautiful routes on the islands. Arbutus drape over the road on one side while the Strait of Georgia laps on the other, and the 2.5-hectare park at the end is ample reward. Explore the eroded, multi-coloured sandstone shoreline pocked with tidal pools, and take the trail by the lighthouse that leads to a perfect picnic site above Boiling Reef. Mount Baker may rise over the strait, killer whales may be passing by, and the iconic fog alarm building, recently saved and restored into a tiny museum, may just be open. Nirvana can even kick up a notch if you stay for the sunset. At the road’s western extreme is another magical spot: Winter Cove. Boaters know it well; their vessels can frequently be seen anchored in the cove. Gentle forest walks here take visitors to slim Boat Passage between Samuel and Saturna islands, where the waters of the strait and the Gulf Islands

play a predestined tug of war. Picnic tables, toilets and a beach add to the attraction. What do locals do here, might be the next question. Who hasn’t heard of the famous Canada Day lamb barbecue? Originally a school picnic held on the Campbell family property in 1950, it has since grown to a huge event that now takes place in the spacious fields across from Winter Cove. The Lions-sponsored Robbie Burns Night in late January, the Prawnfest dinner and dance, Mother’s Day brunch and the firefighters’ November pig roast are other annual festivities. Also be sure to check out the huge community hall and recreational centre. The Saturna Island Community Club is responsible for many of the island’s amenities and services. When should I come is probably the last question. Any time. — CHerie tHieSSen

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among the islands. The biggest, busiest and best known of the Southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring has more accommodations, people and services than the other islands combined. It also has the archipelago’s only town. Ganges (called “the village” by visitors and “downtown” by residents) is a pedestrian-friendly cluster of cafes, bookstores and so many art galleries seaside ganges. and craft shops it’s been named one of the 100 best small art towns in America t’s Saturday afternoon on Salt Spring Island and it looks like there’s a party in John Villani’s book of the same going on. name. At the island’s Centennial Park, fiddlers strike up a tune while shoppers The “art town” label actually apbrowse the wares: everything from delicate silver jewellery and hand-paint- plies to the whole island, which could ed ceramics to organic veggies and fresh-baked bread look tempting under well have more artists per capita than multi-hued umbrellas. anywhere else in Canada. The best way “It’s a very festive occasion,” observes market vendor Joanne Stuart, as she to grasp the sheer variety of creative offers herbal products at the Sacred Mountain Lavender booth. “It’s also very work happening here is to visit some diverse, uplifting and friendly. The vendors are passionate about what they are do- of the island’s artisans at their studios. ing, growing and sharing, and that shows in the quality of the products.” Just grab a copy of the Salt Spring StuIn fact all of the vendors — as many as 150 of them on a busy weekend — are selldio Tour Map (it’s available free at the ing goods they have nurtured or created themselves. The market rule — “make it, bake Visitor Information Centre) and hit the it or grow it” — means that everything sold in the market, from hand-painted silk road. The map, and little black sheep scarves to blackberry fruitsicles, is locally produced. symbols on roadside signs, will lead you The market is the star attraction on Salt Spring — itself something of a prom queen to about three dozen galleries and stu-


dios 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 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 the historic farm at Ruckle Provincial Park, or nine holes at one of two golf courses (including Blackburn Meadows, Canada’s first organic 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

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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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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, from thick breakfast burritos to re-

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freshing popsicles made with fruit juice or yogurt. 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.” 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

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saturdays at Lions Field. 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 cook-

ing herbs and vegetables long after they’ve left Salt Spring Island — just one example of the personal connections that make the market shopping experience a truly unique one. In 2012, the Market in the Park is open every Saturday from April 7 to Oct. 27. Hours are approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — but get there early for fresh bread.

Mayne island: saturdays at the Ag Hall.

gabriola island: saturdays at the agricultural hall.

saturna island: saturdays at the General store.

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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 there's a constant lineup of fine musicians from all genres performing at intimate local venues and at the arts centre called ArtSpring in Ganges. 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 also special exhibits such as the 3rd Annual Fine Art and Fine Craft Showcase running at ArtSpring from June 29 to July 7, 2012. Some fantastic musicians in all genres call the island home, 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 every Wednesday in the summer. The Gulf Islands Driftwood newspaper's What's On calendar provides a weekly listing of events and art exhibitions. 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's projects include a series of books called The Unheralded Artists of B.C., as well as poetry titles. It also holds the Search for the Great B.C. Novel Contest, now in its second year. The year 2012 marked the first Words Without Borders festival of writers and ideas held on Salt Spring the last weekend of February. Check the website of the sponsoring body, Salt Spring Forum, at www.saltspringforum.ca, to see details of the 2013 offering. Salt Spring is also home to awardwinning humour writer and CBC broadcaster Arthur Black, who shares his wit and generous spirit at various events throughout the year. Other Salt Spring literary names to watch for include Ron Wright, Kathy Page, Robert Hilles, Mona Fertig, Kevin Patterson, Derek Lundy, Peter Levitt and George Sipos. Mayne Island writers include Robert Harlow and Grant Buday. Buday's latest book, Stranger on a Strange Island From Main Street to Mayne Island, is an enlightening and humourous read for

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city dwellers pondering a move to the islands. Galiano Island is a rich literary centre, and Galiano Island Books hosted its third annual Galiano Literary Festival in February of 2012. Pender Island's authors include crime novelist and Dashiell Hammett awardwinner William Deverell, and Andrea and David Spalding. Stephen Hume now calls Saturna Island home, with his latest work the 2011 book of essays called A Walk with the Rainy Sisters: In Praise of British Columbia's Places. Gabriola Island is home to one of Canada's most celebrated authors of literature for young people. In 2011, Iain Lawrence won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, acknowledging his entire body of work. He also 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.

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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 34 participating locations and includes the opening hours for summer, shoulder and

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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-akind mementos of your island visit. ArtCraft also hosts 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


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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

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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. ArtCraft is open daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during summer months. Look for the beautiful yellow hall across the main road from the harbour. The WinterCraft show is the shorter Christmas-time version. More info: ssartscouncil.com. gallery space at Artspring.

such as literary evenings featuring Canada’s best poets and authors. The building’s second draw is a 260seat 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 created through an ArtSpring residency, to stunning multi-disciplinary productions by the Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts, to presentations by world-renowned environmentalists and thinkers. 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. It also hosts an annual summertime chamber music festival. For ArtSpring’s current events calendar, visit www.artspring.ca or check local

Tickets to performances can be purchased at the box office, by calling 250-537-2102, or through the website at www.artspring.ca. Admission to gallery and lobby exhibitions is free.

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• Girl Power Camp. July 2 to 6. For girls aged nine to 13, led by Oona McOuat and Shelby Johnstone on Salt Spring. • Ocean Magic Mermaid Camp. July 9 to 13. For girls aged five to 10, led by McOuat and Johnstone on Salt Spring. • Woodlands Faerie Camp. July 16 to 19. For girls aged five to 10, led by McOuat and Tina Farmilo on Mayne Island. Enrolment is limited, so contact Oona at 250-653-2088 or oonasong@ yahoo.com to reserve a spot. • Children’s Clay Camp. Tracy Harrison of Creative Fire Art Studio on Salt Spring offers Children’s Clay Camp from Aug. 6 to 10. It’s a half-day camp where kids can learn clay-

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making techniques and glazing/firing processes by making cool stuff like puffer fish, tiles, old cars and mugs in clay. www.creativefirestudio.org. • 13th Annual Salt Spring Fiddle Camp. July 23 to 27. Fiddle Camp immerses kids, teens and adults in music all week with classes on playing all kinds of musical instruments, from fiddles to saws to cellos. Fun family afternoon and evening activities include a variety show, concerts and dancing. See www.fiddleworks.ca. • The Foxglove Children's Farm Literacy Camp will run on Salt Spring from July 16 to 20. See www. foxglovefarm.ca for all the details. • Camp Colossal. The Salt Spring Parks and Recreation Commission

runs a day camp for kids aged five to 12. Activities range from crafts to sports to outdoor exploration and swimming at the Rainbow Road public pool. • Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning. A not-for-profit ecological exploration organization with school district connections runs the Summer Earth Education Program. A Salt Spring program runs July 9 to 27 (not including weekends); a Growing Food program on Pender (Aug. 13-17); Mayne Island (Aug. 6 to 17, not including weekends, and possibly July 30 to Aug. 3); Saturna Island, Aug. 20 to 24. See www.gicel.ca for more information.

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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 boat-accessed 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 GULF ISLANDER wind will find that friendly advice is 2012 easily given, and training opportunities TO can beAD found onPROOF local boats. 24 hour response “Many people are knowledgeable required and ready to help,” Kibble says, adding Here is a low-res pdf of your ad for proofi ng via email. that it’s not uncommon for local club A high res. version will be used in printing. members to set out from the Gulf Please proof this ad carefully Islands onASAP their way circumnavigatand reply with your OK to or changes. If you have changes, please respond ASAP, ing the world. thus allowing the production team time Andtofor who want to chalmakethose the changes indicated. lenge the from a solid base on If we waves do not receive changes, ad goes to press in thisisformat. land,the the sailing club home to anThanks verywith much. other possibility radio-controlled model yachts, which follow the same rules as full-sized ones and can sail into gale force winds. The club has played host to both the sport’s western Canadian and national championship events in recent years. — 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. All golf courses have power cart rentals and facilities for food and refreshments. Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club boasts tree-lined 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 Clubhouse Bar and Grill. Club and cart rentals are also available.

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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

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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. 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.

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he Gulf Islands have long been described as a place to escape and relax, a place to rejuvenate and recharge from the hectic pace of today’s busy life, a place to create lifelong memories with close friends and family, and a place of serenity and of scenic beauty. Surrounded by growing urban centres, it is an oasis of sorts, offering an opportunity to get close to nature and to connect with the landscape and revel in the life that thrives within it.

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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 the Gulf Islands National 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 up 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 Strait of Georgia. If beaches are your first love, take a kayak to Princess Margaret (aka 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. For those who are drawn to gadgets and treasure hunts, check out the park’s new geocaching program where you can get your very own geo-coin. If you enjoy exploring and learning at your own pace, take a look at the new interpretation panels located throughout the park this year — you will discover interesting tidbits about the rich natural and cultural heritage of the area. To learn more about special events, interpretation program happenings or geocaching at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, visit the website at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gulf. You can also contact the park office at 250-654-4000 or toll free at 1-866-944-1744. — FranCine burnett, ProMotionS oFFiCer, Gi national Park reServe

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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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stroll down to the docks or into specialty shops to see if a daily catch is available. Local restaurants also serve excellently prepared seafood. Salt Spring mussels, grown in aquaculture operations, are seen on a number of 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. 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.

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ISLAND MADE from Page 54 A number of food producers are Salt Spring Studio Tour participants, too. Just check the tour's brochure or its website at www. saltspringstudiotour.com for places to pick up a delicious treat or two. Of course, the islands' weekly markets are another great place to find locally made food products — as well as the many festivals dedicated to food and wine that take place on the islands throughout the year.

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arming has been an island tradition since the first pioneers cleared land on Salt Spring in 1859. Traditional farms included everything a family would need to survive the winter, plus excess produce, meat and dairy destined for the larger markets on Vancouver Island. While the islands’ demographics and culture have clearly changed since pioneer days, a strong movement is underway to protect small farms and to increase the island’s use of local food sources. Early summer brings in sweet raspberries and strawberries, while late summer’s bounty can be found at roadside stands all across the island, with baskets of pears, bundles of garlic or bunches of tender new beets and carrots available with payment at the “honour box.” Fresh eggs are available year round, and net bags 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

in the Park or the Tuesday Farmers Market, which are both held in Centennial Park. 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 special educational events. Dan Jason, a founder of Canada’s Seed Sanctuary and his own Salt Spring Seeds company, is another modern pioneer who unites ideals with action. Perhaps most famously, Salt Spring was B.C.’s foremost location for apple production until popularity shifted to the Okanagan region in the late 19th century. Today, local growers are reviving the islands’ farming heritage

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by recovering apple breeds in organic orchards. Over 100 breeds and many host locations are celebrated at the Salt Spring Apple Festival, held in 2012 on Sept. 30. 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. 18, Pender on Aug. 25 and then to Salt Spring for Sept. 15-16 in 2012. 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, (which sometimes includes a horse ploughing match), old-time skills demonstrations and 4-H animal displays each spring. In 2012, the third annual Salt Spring Heritage Day, celebrating agrarian life, will be held at the Farmers' Institute on July 22.

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This Small Luxury Hotel, spa and restaurant, on Salt Spring Island is one of 1000 Places To See Before You Die and on National Geographic’s 2009 Stay List. Relax in casually-elegant guest rooms, savour superb regional cuisine (Zagat 27/30), and be pampered by our attentive staff! Explore Salt Spring’s natural beauty and the warmth and creativity of its people—go on a Gourmet, Art, or Whale Watching Safari, or try the Crab Catch! ★★★★

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he growing of grapes and the creation of fine wines and beer is a garry oaks winery. relatively new agri-industry on the Gulf Islands. But it’s one that has pond setting to enjoy. Watch for special events such as put the spotlight on the region as a great place their Solstice Celebration in June and the Harvest Grape to visit for that reason alone. Stomp in October. 250-653-9463; info@saltspringvineHere’s the lowdown on island wineries and the Gulf yards.com; www.saltspringvineyards.com Islands Brewery. • In 1999 Marcel Mercier and Elaine Kozak left the cor• Salt Spring Vineyards, located in beautiful Fulford porate world to follow their dream, purchasing a 100-yearValley, is just minutes away from the ferry by bus or car. old farm on Salt Spring Island and establishing the Garry Joanne and Dev McIntyre produce award-winning handOaks Winery. Garry Oaks Winery produces a “Classics” crafted VQA wines totally from island fruit. They are com- series label, including Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Blanc de mitted to doing this "island style," sustainable for land and Noir, and an “Original” series with Prism, Fetish and Zeta community. products. Its most recent awards, among many received Wines include award-winning bubbly Karma, traditional over the years, are a gold medal for its 2009 Pinot Gris, and method champenoise blended from estate Chardonnay and silver medals for the 2009 Blanc de Noir and 2008 Pinot Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris; along with exciting new varietals, Noir, all from the 2010 Northwest Wine Summit. The 2009 Blatner White; Millotage; Pinot Noir reserve among othPinot Noir was also a first-place winner at the 2011 Chef ers. Their Blackberry Port is becoming legendary. Meets Grape event in Vancouver. Visitors experience warm Salt Spring hospitality, comGarry Oaks Winery is located at 1880 Fulford-Ganges plimentary wine tastings paired with local foods, often Road and open daily from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving with live music. Licensed picnic grounds provide a lovely and by appointment from March through mid-May. It can

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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 Vineyards to the public in June 2009. With a beautiful new tasting room, deck overlooking the certified organic orchard and licensed picnic area, Mistaken Identity is proud to serve its clean and crisp wines. Medals have already been earned at the Canadian Wine Awards for its Pinot Rose and Pinot Gris 2008, and for its 2010 Merlot at the North West Wine Summit. 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, and has a wine shop, tasting room and bistro. Visit www.saturnavineyards.com for more information.

• Gulf Islands Brewing Ltd., makers of Salt Spring Island Ales, is located in the Burgoyne 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. Two-time national gold medalist at the Canadian Brewing Awards. See www.saltspringislandales.com for more info.

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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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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. 60

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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!

Garden Faire CaMPGround 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.

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beaCHSide Flat 163 Fulford Ganges road teL: 250-537-2553 or 1-888-529-2567 FAX: 250-537-2532 eMAiL: escapades@saltspring.com WeB: www.islandescapades.com Amazing sunrises and ocean views, bright & spacious. A funky 1 bdrm character suite on a sheltered bay in Ganges Harbour above island escapades Adventure Co. Private sitting area, backyard tidal beach & easy access to village amenities. “Lazy but lively”, enjoy kayaking off the beach or lounge and BBQ on your private deck. Cozy 3 bdrm Lakeside Cottage on Cusheon Lake also available. High: $150 Low: $130

CuSHeon lake reSort 171 Natalie Lane PH: 1-866-899-0017 or 250-537-9629 eMAiL: resort@cusheonlake.com Web: www.cusheonlake.com “Listen to the Quiet” - relax and enjoy the charming, country elegance of the resort’s natural beauty, enveloped by the lake. No tV, no phone, no appointments, no decisions - life made simple again in a clean, comfortable, thoughtfully appointed log cottage. Pets may be allowed, please ask. No pets July/Aug. High: $154-232 Low: $120-188

FridaS villa & CottaGe 1375 Beddis road PH: 250-537-1333 eMAiL: info@fridasvilla WeB: www.fridasvilla.com A Little Bit of Mexico on salt spring island. one bedroom cottage and private two bedroom suite celebrate Mexican aesthetics and the work of Frida Kahlo. Cell coverage, cable tV, wireless internet. Kitchens with breakfast goodies, fireplaces, private hot tub. dog friendly. Complimentary Margaritas upon arrival!

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Harbour HouSe Hotel reStaurant & 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.


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Salt SPrinG aPPle CoMPany 529 Fulford-Ganges road PH: 250-537-4935 eMAiL: info@saltspringapplecompany.com WeB: www.saltspringapplecompany.com enjoy stunning ocean and mountain views. relax in tasteful spaces indoors and out. Wander through our organic heritage and connoisseur apple orchard. experience rural bliss just two kilometers from ‘downtown’ Ganges. Comfortable bedrooms offer ensuite bathrooms plus shared spaces to enjoy. it’s the perfect base for exploring quirky salt spring.

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.

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.

BOOKS Galiano iSland bookS 76 Madrona drive, Galiano island PH: 250-539-3340 FAX: 250-539-3341 eMAiL: lee@galianobooks.com sHoP oNLiNe: www.galianoislandbooks.com over 25,000 titles including new books, children’s books and extensive collection of used books. We sell art supplies, Cds, cards and gift items. We host “author readings” and ship books all over the world. serving Galiano island since 1997.

blaCk SHeeP bookS 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.

Salt SPrinG vineyardS b&b 151 Lee road at the 1700 block Fulford-Ganges 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.”

Salt SPrinG bookS 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.

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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.

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.”

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124 Lawnhill drive PH: 250-537-5268 FAX: 250-537-1100 WeB: www.lawnhilllodge.com eMAiL: samander@telus.net Nestled in the treetops, above st. Mary Lake, Lawnhill Lodge offers peace & tranquility for those looking for the perfect escape to paradise. reasonably offered at $125 per night or $700 weekly, your completely self-contained, self-catering suite, suitable for two people, consists of a bright, sunny kitchen, private bathroom with shower, double tub with view and a bed-sitting room with full French windows, opening onto to our large deck complete with luxurious hot-tub. You can find us by using this link to Google maps.

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MartinuS JeWelry Studio MArtiN eBBers #5-121 McPhillips Avenue PH: 250-538-1730 FAX: 250-538-1734 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.

PeGaSuS Gallery oF Canadian art 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 Gulf Islander 2012

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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.

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.

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.

WaterFront Gallery 107 Purvis Lane (Beside Ganges Post office) salt spring island PH: 250-537-4525 eMAiL: waterfrontgallery@shaw.ca We are a not for profit, artist run gallery representing local artisans since 1978. our artist’s work include glass, jewellery, painting, pottery, textiles, woodworking and much more. We are conveniently located in the centre of Ganges.

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elF WorkS & Faerie FibreS 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.

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420 Fulford-Ganges road PH: 250.537.5856 toLL Free: 1.888.537.5856 eMAiL: info@moniveasaltspring.com WeB: www.moniveasaltspring.com enchanting & delightful. Monivea West Coast Artisan Gallery is set amidst beautiful gardens and ponds with B&B. exhibiting a fine blend of cards, etchings, paintings, glassworks, sculpture, and offering workshops. Both accomplished artists welcome you. “something salt spring for everyone.”

KAtHY MCiNtYre PH: 250-247-7409 eMAiL: info@gabriolaartscouncil.org WeB: www.gabriolaartscouncil.org Welcome to Gabriola island’s 2012 thanksgiving studio tour. Meet our local artists, be amazed by their extraordinary creations and take home original treasures. it’s a feast for the soul. sponsored by Gabriola Arts Council. october 6, 7 & 8. www.gabriolaartscouncil.org. 62

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SaCred Mountain lavender 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 15, 2012, 10am-5pm. see our website for information and our online store!

Salt SPrinG CHeeSe CoMPany 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.

Studio Coney 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.

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!


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