From an internationally celebrated five-star manor house to 100-plus B&Bs in prime scenic locations, Salt Spring Island is well-versed in the art of rest and relaxation.
Book early when planning visits on ultra-busy summer weekends. At least one or two welcoming B&B shingles are hung on virtually every country road and waterfront view point on the island. Mid-priced hotel room options near Ganges are also available, as well as inns and one motel.
While Salt Spring is surrounded on all sides by ocean, it also boasts lakeside lodgings with fully equipped kitchens. Cottages on St. Mary's Lake (off Vesuvius Bay Road northwest of Ganges) entice with fresh water swimming, canoeing and several prime parcels of sandy beach. There are also log cabins available on the tranquil edge of Cusheon Lake (a 10-minute drive south of Ganges off the Fulford-Ganges Road).
Ruckle Provincial Park occupies a beautiful chunk of the island's southeastern corner. The Ruckle family continue to raise sheep on what is believed to be British Columbia's oldest family farm. The park itself features walk-in and vehicle-accessible camping sites, all within steps of the ocean and available year-round on a first-come basis.
Several private campgrounds are also available on the island.
Kayakers and boaters will find prime spots at Wallace Island Marine Provincial Park (off Salt Spring's northeastern shoreline near the village of Fernwood).