So many things to do and see. Here’s a selection with hopefully something for everyone:
Fresh, organic, local strawberries. Need I say more? Yum! Avoid the crowds! Come before school finishes for the summer and get ALL the attractions with fewer people. And you can hike our trails, kayak the lakes and go bicycling before the weather gets too hot! Tuesday Farmer’s Produce Market starts June 7th in Centennial Park from 3.00pm-7.00pm (where the Saturday Market is held). Meet your local farmers, buy organically grown produce and locally sourced treats to take home or make dinner with! Brand new Wednesday “Market in the Meadow” – Arts, Crafts, Food! Includes Aki’s famous Roly Poly Rice Balls and home-made Miso soups, Eve’s Garden Veggie Pâté, Fresh & hand popped kettle corn and cool crushed lemonade and of course, Brigitte’s delicious French treats. United Church Meadow 111 Hereford ave (behind Island Savings) from . . . → Read More: 10 Reasons to Visit Salt Spring Island in June!
Well this is our local at least – a 0.8km Parc trail that runs from Stark's Road to Robinson Road though some lovely forest along side a creek. There is loads to look out for on this trail – we often see the barred owls here, as well as different types of woodpecker. There used to be beavers in the pond near the Stark's Road end of the trail but they seem to be gone now – although Emma did see an otter playing in the creek once!
Look out for the little bird houses, and the balancing rock sculptures created by Brian and his little dog Bug – there are always new ones popping up. There is also a Geo-cache on this trail somewhere – I met someone crashing around in the undergrowth looking for it once.
And if . . . → Read More: Hiking Salt Spring – Dunbabin Trail (The Local!)
Burgoyne Bay is a BC Parks Provincial Park on the west side of Salt Spring. It is along a bumpy road that ends in a parking area with views across to Vancouver Island. There are a number of different paths that you can follow from the car park. On this trip we followed the right hand path – it heads west straight out of the end of the lower parking area. It was very icy at the end of the road, and I decided that I should turn round and park slightly higher off the ice. Unfortunately I was just too late and despite having my winter tyres on I could not get any traction back up the hill. In the end I had to reverse down to the lower car park and gun it back up the hill, which wasn't pretty, but it did the trick. I would . . . → Read More: Hiking Salt Spring – Burgoyne Bay (Part 1)
Its been a long time since I have been up here (and a trip back is long overdue). Unlike Mount Erskine you don’t have to walk to the top, but driving up the last section of gravel road takes a certain amount of effort (and a certain disregard for your car….) depending on when it was last patched up!
To get up there take Cranberry Road (the park is signposted from Fulford-Ganges road just south of Ganges) and follow it all the way up to the top of mountain! Park at the end and basically you follow the trail from the car park and it takes you round a series of amazing viewpoints and loops back round to the access road. There are all sorts of (probably unofficial) side trails and other ways to get up the mountain. I will try to get back up . . . → Read More: Hiking Salt Spring – Mount Maxwell
If any of you are familiar with the Grouse Grind in North Vancouver, this is our own mini-version. Its not quite so grueling, and well worth the sweat to get the view from the top. Keep an eye out for the fairy houses on the way up. There is also a secret at the top, but I think to put it online would be to spoil it (and its not just that there is a bench to sit on and a bowl for thirsty dogs!)
I have accessed the trail system from two places – the end of Juniper Place, and at the marked trail head on Rainbow Road. I would not like to try to accurately mark the route on a map – follow the trail markers and keep going uphill (or downhill if you are heading home!). If you access the trail from . . . → Read More: Hiking Salt Spring – Mount Erskine
This is a favorite of our dog, Dexter. Its close(ish) to our house and features forest, rocks and a fabulous section along Baker Beach, but Dexer likes it because one of his favorite things is getting sticks out of the sea. Not that he likes swimming. Once some suitable driftwood is thrown out into the water, he will wade in as far as he dares, stand on rocks, bark at the offending wood, whine etc. With a bit of a warm up (and a run up) eventually he will go out of his depth, and figure out that just like last time, he can actually swim!
Anyway, dog or no dog this walk is a great way to take in the tranquil and relaxing Salt Spring shoreline with a bit of a walk thrown in for . . . → Read More: Hiking Salt Spring – Baker Beach Loop