Monday, June 20, 2016

A Salt Spring Island getaway

For Father's Day we took the ferry for a day trip to Salt Spring Island. It's just 40 minutes by ferry from Victoria but it feels like a world away.  This is the road just above the ferry landing. Pretty laid back. It's been probably 10 years since were visited but it hasn't changed much at all. Still the same funky old houses where artisans are selling their wares.

There's been some very upscale building in parts but it's mostly still rural and peaceful. Many of the houses and barns date back over a hundred years. Some are well kept up, others not so much.

We had a nice brunch in Ganges and walked around seeing the town, and then headed out for a drive around the island.

Near Long Harbour we visited the studio of a very talented painter named Gillian Gandossi. Here's the charming entrance to her studio.

And here are two of her paintings. She does stylized paintings of the local scenery and has a good eye for form and colour. The images are photographs of cards I bought so the quality is pretty bad, but you can see that she can evoke a scene beautifully.

We had a lovely day and managed to catch the 5:50 ferry back to Victoria in time to cook dinner. Now we've  decided to do more exploring our own area this summer.


  1. Everything I've heard or seen of it, it's an idyllic island.

  2. I have never heard of this island What a treat to visit this little town.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish.


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