A Trip to Salt Spring Island

This past weekend has been Thanksgiving here in Canada!

So we thought what better way to kick off a long weekend than by taking a little trip?!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see we set off for Salt Spring Island. Nestled in amongst a crowd of people bearing pumpkin pies and turkeys in preparation for Thanksgiving, we hopped on board the ferry in the direction of the island. 

Salt Spring Island, or ‘Old Salty’ to the locals that live there, is a Gulf Island in the Straight of Georgia, snuggled in between mainland Canada and Vancouver Island.

Here’s a map if you have no idea what I’m talking about…

The ferry ride over was one of my favourite parts of the day in itself. Offering some fantastic views in between Vancouver and Salt Spring, you could even see seals pop their heads out of the water.

Having started off a pretty grey day, even the sun came out to say hello!

Fall is well and truly in full force in British Columbia, producing some very lovely coloured trees.

One of the main events on Salt Spring Island on a Saturday is the local market. The key behind the market is that vendors must either ‘make it, bake it, or grow it’ in order to keep business booming on the island.

You can find out more about Salt Spring’s local Saturday market here.

A rather quirky market to fit in with the rest of the island, you can find everything from pottery…

To flowers and fresh fruit and vegetables…

…to delicious freshly baked pizza and pasta.

It’s worth coming along just to see the power of autumn in its full force, and perhaps pick up a pumpkin along the way.

There’s no denying that Salt Spring Island is an eccentric place to be.

We passed some pretty odd fashion choices, and teenagers just doing handstands in the middle of the pavement on a number of occasions. But I think that’s part of the charm of the island. A retreat away from the large city of Vancouver.

It does offer some pretty nice views, too.

And when you’re done, you can simply hop back onto the ferry. 

We caught the ferry back via Victoria, and caught this spectacular sunset along the way.

Worth it just for this!

How did you kick off your Thanksgiving weekend? 

I’m Laura, a roaming blonde who recently made the leap from my home in the Cotswolds, UK to be based across the pond in Vancouver, BC for a brand new job and plenty of adventures.

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