Our Holiday on Canada’s West Coast : Salt Spring Island 2017

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We're just back from a trip out west, on a small coastal island called Salt Spring, where we were visiting some of Nick's family.

It took nearly 12 hours to get there, flying from Toronto to Vancouver and then catching a little sea-plane which took us to the island.

view from inside seaplane


arriving by sea plane


in the seaplane

↑ Glad to be making our final descent, after a long day of travelling. ↑

seaplane


where sea plane lands in ganges salt spring island canada

↑ We landed on the water bordering the main town, called Ganges. ↑

water with sail boats


With a human population of just over 10 thousand, Salt Spring Island a place primarily dominated by natural beauty.

Readers familiar with Canadian west-coast weather won't be surprised to hear that there were more rainy days than sunny ones during our week long stay, but we were graced with a gloriously lovely afternoon on our last full day there. And, of course, it was nice out the day we arrived and the day we left! Oh well ... since we were there to visit, we didn't mind at all, spending plenty of time talking, cooking, reading and playing games. We did dodge the clouds and got out when we could, though.

Here we some pictures taken in town ...

in ganges on salt spring island west coast canada autumn


scenes in ganges salt spring island canadian west coast


in ganges on salt spring island west coast canada


scenes in ganges salt spring island canada west coast


transitions thrift store women against violence salt spring island canada west coast

↑ We found a great thrift store, Transitions, where Nick found a cool vintage jacket ↑

getting souvenirs at salt spring books canada west coast

↑ ... and we picked up a few gifts at a lovely shop called Salt Spring Books. ↑

at arigado sushi restaurant salt spring island canada west coast

↑ We had a tasty sushi lunch at Arigado. ↑

lunch at arigado sushi salt spring island canada


pumpkins


Plenty of moisture leads to natural beauty everywhere you look ...

rainbow


deer


leaves


As mentioned, we awoke to a brilliantly sunny day on our last full day, so we took a little road-trip to the southern tip of the island. To give you a feel for the size of Salt Spring, you can drive from one tip to another in under an hour.

road


We'd stopped for lunch at this charmingly colourful restaurant, Rock Salt, in Fulford Harbour.

We knew we'd like it, as we'd been there before, both during previous trips to Salt Spring and earlier this same week, when we went for breakfast with family before boarding the ferry bound for Victoria, where we spent the day. I forgot my camera for that excursion, however, as pretty as Victoria is, any pictures would have been lousy, as it rained solidly the whole time we were there. I did a little shopping in Victoria, picking up a great vintage silver and black jacket/cardigan at a consignment shop.

restaurant


rock salt restaurant salt spring island canada west coast


inside restaurant


autumn rock salt restaurant salt spring island canada west coast


in restaurant


at rock salt restaurant fulford bay salt spring island canada west coast


fish and chips at rock salt restaurant salt spring island canada


fulford harbour salt spring island canadian west coast

↑ Scenery at Fulford Harbour. ↑

Then we headed over to Ruckle Park, a stunning expanse of near-wilderness, which, surprisingly, we seemed to have to ourselves.

in ruckle provincial park british columbia canada salt spring island

↑ Check out the size of the tree stump on Nick's right. ↑

nick beside big tree stump

↑ In front of the same stump. ↑

me in the woods


tall trees salt spring island canada west coast


pacific ocean canadian west coast


west coast of canada salt spring island british columbia


No doubt, it was sad to leave this beautiful place and the beloved family members who live there. We'll surely be back, though!

Thanks for checking out my post,
xo Loulou
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2 Responses to Our Holiday on Canada’s West Coast : Salt Spring Island 2017

  1. Lisa says:

    Beautiful pictures and scenery on your trip. You are both looking so great! Your hair is so long and beautiful Louise! What a lovely place to visit in the fall.

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