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November 1, 2021

An Abundance of Artistry on Mayne November 12 -14 2021

story by Deborah Strong Mayne Island’s annual Fall Studio Tour is back for another exciting year to brighten up the season, and once again Arts on Mayne is pleased to be organizing the event. From November 12-14, thirty-six artists/artisans will show visitors what they make and, in many cases, where they make it. It’s a great opportunity to shop locally...

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November 2, 2021

Books & Bling Sale and Fundraiser

Salt Spring Literacy’s annual Books & Bling (formerly known as The Giant Book and Jewels for Literacy Sale) is our main community fundraising effort. It’s also one of the most anticipated dates on islanders’ calendars when the Farmers’ Institute becomes a Books & Bling Bazaar – a treasure trove!

November 2, 2021

Mayne Island’s annual Fall Studio Tour is back!

Mayne Island’s annual Fall Studio Tour is back for another exciting year to brighten up the season. From November 12-14, the island’s artists/artisans will show visitors what they make and, in many cases, where they make it. It’s a great opportunity to shop locally and support Mayne’s creative community, and it goes without saying it’s perfect timing to purchase holiday...

November 1, 2021

An Abundance of Artistry on Mayne November 12 -14 2021

story by Deborah Strong Mayne Island’s annual Fall Studio Tour is back for another exciting year to brighten up the season, and once again Arts on Mayne is pleased to be organizing the event. From November 12-14, thirty-six artists/artisans will show visitors what they make and, in many cases, where they make it. It’s a great opportunity to shop locally...

October 15, 2021

The Spookiest Halloween Ever on Pender

Stories and photos by Hans Tammemagi Last year, the end of October was a frightening time on Pender Island. I remember it well, for bats, ghouls, witches and a spooky graveyard came alive in a large field as a full moon shone down. Skeletons, sombre reminders of what death brings, roamed everywhere, and not just those of humans but also...

October 8, 2021

The Farmers Market: Cornerstone of Pender Island

Story and photos by Hans Tammemagi This Saturday morning, like most Saturdays, the Pender Island Farmers Market beckons me. Arriving early, I find about 50 vendors putting the finishing touches on their booths. Lineups have formed, some having begun even before the bell was rung. A great thing about a small island is that we locals know each other. Thus,...

October 4, 2021

Artists Thrive on Pender Island

Story and Photos by Hans Tammemagi A hand-printed sign peered out from among a tangle of blackberry bushes with an arrow pointing toward “Art in the Wash – Open House.” I followed a twisting road lined with apple trees whose boughs hung low with large green apples, reaching a small parking lot. A path led to a wooden shed, the...

August 9, 2021

Five Must-Do Hikes on Salt Spring Island

by Jamie Sterling, Salt Spring Island Ambassador @JamieonSaltspring_SGI British Columbia is well-known for its stunning nature and in many destinations, it shows. Trailhead parking lots overflow with visitors and vistas are lined up with people, clamouring for the perfect Instagram picture. Not so on Salt Spring. While it isn’t touted as a hiking destination, the number and the variety of...

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...

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