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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 and support Mayne’s creative community, and it goes without saying it’s perfect timing to purchase holiday season gifts. There will [...]

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 the bony racks of fierce cat-like animals, mythical creatures with wings and even dinosaurs. An eerie mist rolled over the [...]

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, I am friends with most of the vendors. As I wander, Dean shows me the fancy wooden boxes he has [...]

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 top half of its open stable door revealing the artist, Stan Ogloff, a white goatee and moustache gleaming in the [...]

Southeast Point of Pender — A Rich Coastal Paradise

story and photos by Hans Tammemagi A wild and secluded stretch of coast lies at the very southeastern tip of Pender Island marked by a lighthouse on the ridge at Gowlland Point. An expanse of rough water eddies and swirls offshore where the currents of Plumper Sound and Boundary Pass converge. Gowlland Point, Brooks Point and their coves form an undeveloped oceanfront park at this location and is one of my favourite places. I love to wander here amongst the [...]

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 accessible trails is truly one of its greatest features, and its best kept secret! The vast, undeveloped areas and the [...]

Roesland: A Cornucopia of Nature and History

story and photos by Hans Tammemagi Whenever I visit Roesland — which is often, for it is one my favourite places on Pender Island — I head straight for Roe Islet, the elongated island (about 300 m in length by 40 m across) that pokes due westward into the Salish Sea. Walking from the parking lot, I pass the old white building that houses the Museum, a century apple orchard and the curving stone wall along the water’s edge. To [...]

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 the source of it all, on island farms. Reacquaint yourself with what fresh means--not a date on a sticker, but [...]

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. And, of course, I never tire of visiting George Hill. We parked the car at the trailhead at the northern [...]

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 increasingly enjoy visiting the beautiful Salish Sea islands of Galiano, Mayne, Pender, Salt Spring, and Saturna. When we genuinely acknowledge [...]

Galiano Island: A Destination For Every Kind of Traveler

Planning doesn’t have to be stressful! Whether you’re a remote romantic, a touring traveller, or a wandering worker, choose Galiano Island, choose the Southern Gulf Islands, choose the comforts and adventures of the Salish Sea.

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...

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.

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 Spring Island vacation to get you started.

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