It seems impossible that one could spend a day in the wilderness without seeing another human being and still be within easy range of a five-star hotel and a sumptuous meal. But many of Canada’s islands have managed to hold on to their finest asset — untamed and unchanged natural beauty — while upping the ante with prize-winning restaurants and resorts.
If you’re thinking about buying a summer cottage or place to retire by the sea in British Columbia, you may need to keep saving.
Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands has long been a playground for Metro Vancouver's affluent, with million-dollar vacation homes being passed down through three or four generations, putting Island life out of reach for many average income earners.
In the mood for a little forest bathing, my wife Kerry and I make a beeline for mt. erskine provincial park. truth be told, we really didn't even know what forest bathing was until five minutes earlier. that's when Janet Clouston, executive director of the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce, told us this Gulf Island between mainland british Columbia and Vancouver Island was famous for it.
Today, on Salt Spring Island, my wife, Kerry, and I are canoeing, wine and cheese tasting, lunching harbourside, hiking, paddle boarding and going out for dinner.
Looking for a place that has it all? Salt Spring Island offers something for families, foodies and adventurers alike – and only about an hour ferry ride away. Here’s VancouverMom.ca’s must-do list for Salt Spring Island.
Two-part series: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
We told you all about Canada’s 150th birthday in our summer issue, see Jet Setter: Rocky Mountaineer. This summer, tourism is in full swing with Canadians traveling in-country and other tourists coming to beautiful British Columbia to celebrate Canada’s 150 up close and personal.