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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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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