Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

Located in the Southern Gulf Islands, a short 30-minute seaplane ride from Vancouver (2h 50m by ferry), Salt Spring Island is a perfect getaway during the spring, summer, and early autumn months.  With its abundance of artisans, farms, restaurants, and nature, there is something for everyone.

Where to Stay on Salt Spring Island

Nestled on the shores of Ganges Harbour, the rustic and tranquil Hastings House Country House Hotel, a Relaise & Chateaux property, is a beautiful place to relax and unwind.  Mornings begin with freshly baked muffins delivered to your room, followed by a complimentary made-to-order hot breakfast.  Each room is unique, and Movement Travel can help select the perfect room for your stay.  View a short tour of Hastings House Country House Hotel here

Things to Do on Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island Saturday Market

The famous Salt Spring Island Saturday Market (April to October) is not to be missed.  Local artisans such as Saltspring Soapworks, Kama Natural Soap, and Saltspring Kitchen Co., as well as farmers from all over the island, gather every Saturday in Centennial Park to sell their beautifully handmade or locally grown goods. 

Salt Spring Island Farms, Wineries, Cidery, Distillery and Artisan Shops

From lavender farms to wine tasting and everything in between, there are plenty of places to visit.  Highlights include:

  • Salt Spring Island Cheese – Home to some of the finest cheeses on the west coast, tastings are available before purchase. A small café also serves delicious pizza and salads during the summer months. 
  • Salt Spring Wild Cider – A selection of tasting flights are available and a great way to quench your thirst on a warm summer day. The creative menu and large outdoor dining space makes for a wonderful alfresco dining experience. 
  • Sacred Mountain Lavender Farm or Lavender and Black – Wander through lavender fields and perhaps take home some specialty goods like lavender essential oils, relaxing mists, or honey!
Salt Spring Island Walks & Hikes

Scenic coastal walks can be found in Ruckle Provincial Park.  For more challenging hikes with stunning panoramic views, explore the many trails located in Mount Erskine Provincial Park and Mount Maxwell Provincial Park.

Salt Spring Island Restaurants & Cafes

For such a small place, there are plenty of delicious restaurant and cafe options on Salt Spring Island. 

High End

For a memorable culinary experience, enjoy a romantic dinner at Manor Dining at Hastings House Country House Hotel


For something more casual, Tree House Café, Rock Salt Restaurant & Cafe, and Salt Spring Wild Cider serve delicious, wholesome food.

Café & Bakery

Some of the best baked goods, including both savory and sweet pies, can be found at Barb’s Bakery & Bistro.  They also make take-out frozen and heat-and-eat meals, which must be ordered in advance.

Looking to travel to Salt Spring Island, Vancouver, or the west coast?  Contact Movement Travel to help plan your next west coast trip. 

Melanie Yip
Co-Founder, Movement Travel