See you in 2014!

thank-youA big thank you to all over lovely guests who joined us in 2014 – you helped us have an amazing season.  We are taking a well earned break at the moment, but we look forward to welcoming guests new and old in 2015.  Our booking calendar is currently available from July 1 2015 onwards, and we may be re-open a little sooner so please check back, or get in touch


Duncan and Emma

How to save money on a September get away at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage...

sept specialSummer’s not over yet!  So when you come to stay with us as Cosy Woodpecker Cottage in September we are including free nights:

Stay for 5 nights and only pay for 4!

Stay for 7 nights and only pay for 5!

Book your stay online now!

Note we will adjust the final balance to include your free nights.

Hope to see you soon!  Duncan and Emma.

Take a Video Tour with a Guest of Our Salt Spring Cottage


We always love to get comments and feedback from our guests, so imagine how pleased we were to find that one of our lovely summer visitors had made a video tour of the cottage.  Why not take a look around with them and see what they have to say about our Salt Spring Island Accommodation.

August 25th – A tantalizing food & wine experience at Mistaken Identity Vineyards

Mistaken IdentityWe still have availability 25th-29th August so why not come and try a tantalizing food & wine experience at Mistaken Identity Vineyards on August 25th.

Tickets are limited so book soon – and if you want to come for a few days break and need Salt Spring Accommodation, check out our cottage!

Special Offer! August 25th-29th, stay 5 nights, pay for 4!

Dexter Eats Cherries at our Salt Spring Island Accommodation

Come help Dexter eat cherries at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage (if there are any left!) from 25th – 29th August.

Stay 5 nights, pay for 4!

Book online now!
(we will apply the discount to your balance at check out)

Emma, Duncan & Dexter!

Take a Tour with Western Splendour Tour Company

Salt Spring Island Tours - Wester Splendour Tour CompanyJoin our local guides in a small group setting for a unique tour of Salt Spring’s best attractions. We are dedicated to showcasing all that Salt Spring Island has to offer, from its beautiful mountains, parks, and beaches to its thriving artistic and agricultural community. We offer a range of tour packages that involve: guided nature walks and hikes for all levels, gourmet picnics at scenic viewpoints, visits to the Saturday Market, stop-offs at local artists, cheesemakers, vineyards, breweries, and farms, walking tours of Ganges, talks on Island history and culture, and many many other highlights on and off the beaten track. Our focus is to provide our guests with a unique and fun experience of the Island that is based on local knowledge in a relaxed, small group setting of between 2 and 6 people. Our 6 passenger van is very comfortable, and equipped with air conditioning for hot summer days. Let our local guides show you their Salt Spring.

Phone: (778)354-1058

The Gathering

The Gathering Salt SpringA community minded tapas restaurant/cafe with a french twist and epic board games! We cook local farm to table food when possible, while encouraging people to gather of all ages to enjoy a meal and possibly a game if desired. We are fun fresh and unique!


3106-115 fulford ganges rd., Ganges, BC.

(250) 537-1113

When is a hummingbird feeder not a hummingbird feeder?


When its a sap-sucker feeder!  As you know we called our Salt Spring cottage Cosy Woodpecker for a reason – because we see all of our native woodpeckers around the property.  However normally we only see the sap sucker fairly infrequently – in the winter when its cold.  They tend to hang out at higher elevations but when the temperature drops the sap in the trees up there gets too hard, and the red-headed sap-sucker is unable to live up to their name.  And so they come down to lower levels and we see them pecking at our trees.

So we were surprised to hear the distinctive peeeep in the garden and see the sap-sucker on our nut feeder.  But we were even more surprised to see it hanging from the hummingbird feeder.    Then we realized – we often complain about having to clean the ants out of the feeder – they just can’t resist that sticky sugar solution and soon find their way down the pole and into the feeder.  But now the sap-sucker is cleaning it for us – hanging off the feeder snacking on the (probably sugar coated) ants – yum!

So if you have a problem with ants in your humming bird feeder – just recruit a friendly local sap-sucker.

And if you want to come and see ours we would love to see you at our Salt Spring Island Accommodation – Cosy Woodpecker Cottage!

Spring has Sprung!

pine siskins at cosy woodpecker cottage, salt spring islandI have just spent the last few minutes sitting in on my deck in the glorious Salt Spring Island sunshine, eating a bowl of leek and potato soup (made from our own leeks and potatoes of course!).

In the short time I have been sat here I have seen:

A family of 5 pine siskins on our bird feeder.

A hairy woodpecker landing on the apple tree to protest at the fact that there are 5 pine siskins on the bird feeder!

A rufus humming bird displaying over the top of the bird feeder to stake their claim to the bounty.

At least 6 violet green swallows chasing each round in elagant loops and dives.

A nuthatch waiting patiently for the pine siskins to finish.

All of this as I hear the ‘laugh’ of the pilleated woodpecker off in the distance, as well as the spring songs of countless other birds.

downy woodpecker at cosy woodpecker cottage, salt spring islandAAnd before I could finish typing this and getting a picture uploaded – a male hairy woodpecker landed on the feeder.  I was disappointed that he flew before I could get the close enough for a picture – but I was rewarded moments later when a female downy woodpecker turned up to take his place.

I think I can safely say that spring has sprung and we are living up to our name of ‘Cosy Woodpecker Cottage’.

If you are thinking about a spring get away and are looking for Salt Spring Island Accommodation why not book a stay at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage and come and see for yourself!

Give us this day...

Fresh bread as part of our Breakfast at our B&B AccommodationThanks to a the recommendation of a good friend I have been converted to the ways of the River Cottage Bread Handbook – excellent theory and practise of making bread, easy recipes and great advice.  I have learned the ‘bakers ratios’, how to tell if the dough needs a bit more kneading and probably most impressively the secret of the oven spring (basically cranking the oven as high as it will go for the first 10 mins of baking to get even better rise….)

Anyway I hope this bread tastes as good as it looks – I am hoping to be able to make this part of our Salt Spring breakfast at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage in 2013…so if you love good bread, come and visit!