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July 9, 2021

culture, farm, food, salt spring, travel

Foraging at Farm Stands on Salt Spring Island

Written by Stephania Jean with story photos Feature photo by Stasia Garraway Try something different this season: rethink your usual grocery routine by going farm stand foraging on Salt Spring Island. Step away from the fluorescent lights, the Muzak, and the shopping cart traffic. Forget about dizzying aisles of products stacked on top of products and plan a visit to...

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July 30, 2021

The Gulf Islands Diet

Written by Stephania Jean Have you ever heard of the 100-mile diet? Back in 2005, two Canadians restricted their diet for one year to only foods grown within 100 miles of their home. The resulting book and television show that highlighted their experiences was an inspiration to many budding locavores to try the same thing.  Here on the islands, you...

July 9, 2021

Foraging at Farm Stands on Salt Spring Island

Written by Stephania Jean with story photos Feature photo by Stasia Garraway Try something different this season: rethink your usual grocery routine by going farm stand foraging on Salt Spring Island. Step away from the fluorescent lights, the Muzak, and the shopping cart traffic. Forget about dizzying aisles of products stacked on top of products and plan a visit to...

June 25, 2021

George Hill – Prettiest Place on Pender

story and photos by Hans Tammemagi An old school friend from the east, who had never been to our little island before, visited last year. “I’m going to take you to my very favourite place on Pender Island,” I told him happily. I was looking forward to chatting with my buddy, who I had not seen for a long time....

June 21, 2021

Travel to Learn in the Traditional Territories of Coast Salish Peoples

Southern Gulf Island Tourism acknowledges that we work and live in the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples whenever we invite you to visit this special place. These islands were home to indigenous peoples from several Indigenous nations for thousands of years before settlers began making establishing their own homes starting in the mid-nineteenth century. The rest of us...

May 25, 2021

A Letter from my Home to Visitors from Mayne Island

Imagine a place where you can never be more than five minutes away from the ocean. A place where all your worries seem to just dissolve into the forest and the sea. That place is Mayne Island, my home and one of the many beautiful Gulf Islands located in the Salish Sea.

May 13, 2021

The Song of the Island

I’m surrounded by firs and cedars as I sit on my deck, entranced by evening birdsong, and long shadows cast through the garden from the sun that sets behind neighbouring Salt Spring Island. From somewhere in the distance, I can hear a flute being played, soft notes carried through the thick coastal air. Other nights…

April 26, 2021

The Salt Spring National Art Prize

Founded by artists, SSNAP is many things – a unique national art prize, educational opportunities for youth, public talks by artists, cultural events, ongoing interactions on social media, public engagement and a target destination for visitors from the region and across Canada.

April 13, 2021

Authentic Getaways: Travel to Salt Spring Island

One of the best ways to experience Salt Spring Island is to treat it like you would a fine meal with wine pairings. Pick a theme du jour and seek out food and activities that complement it. Go slow and take a few days or a week to really savor it all. Here are some ideas for the ultimate Salt...