Fall Special - Stay 5 nights and get a $200 dining credit at Hastings House.

Food at Hastings House

Book 5 nights or more directly with us at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage this fall and get a $200 dining credit at Hastings House.

Treat yourself to some of the best local food available. With home grown food right outside and access to some of the best local produce, Executive Chef Marcel Kauer is perfectly placed to help you celebrate the harvest this fall.

Experience the new Bistro, or indulge yourselves with a visit to the fine dining restaurant.

And yes, if you book for seven nights you still get one night free as well as the $200 dining credit.

Please Note – This is a limited offer only available to guests booking directly with us.

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Visit Salt Spring Island in 2016

Relax in the sunshine - Salt Spring Island Accommodation at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B

Happy 2016!

Cosy Woodpecker Cottage will be open for the summer season on 1st June 2016.  We are already getting enquiries and reservations, so why not book now for 2016. Or check out all the great things to do on Salt Spring Island at SaltSpringMarket.com

Unwind at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage in September & Get a Fabulous Local Gift Basket (min. 5 nights)

rhubarb bubbles saltspring soapworksSeptember is a great time to visit,
relax and unwind on Salt Spring Island!

Stay at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage for 5 nights or more this September and we’ll include a local gift basket full of Salt Spring Goodies to help you relax – including Saltspring Soapworks all natural bath and body products and some foodie treats to tantalize your taste buds!

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Any questions please get in touch. We hope to see you soon, Duncan & Emma.

Please Note: Bookings are subject to our five night minimum stay. But why not come for a week – when you stay for 7 nights you only pay for 6!


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.

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
Email: info@toursaltspring.com
Website: http://www.toursaltspring.com

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!

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!

Visit Black Sheep Books

The bookshop has two floors of fine contemporary used and antiquarian books in all categories, but especially fine literature and contemporary fiction, children, First Nations, nature, art, architecture, Africa, and maritime books. The shop is located on the harbour in the heart of one of Canada’s tourist hotspots, the west coast Gulf Islands.

115 Fulford Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T9

(250) 538-0025


Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&BThis is the famous ‘woody woodpecker’ with a spectacular red head and unmistakable ‘laugh’.  A regular in the garden and on the bird feeder.

Seaside Restaurant

The Seaside Restaurant is located in Vesuvius Bay next to the Vesuvius Ferry Terminal and is the place to go for fish and chips (and more).

Serving fresh local seafood, including Halibut, Salt Spring Island Mussels and Fanny Bay Oysters. Also salads, homemade burgers, pastas, steaks and local produce. Open year round for lunch and dinner with a south west view of the calm waters of Samson Narrows – the licensed deck is a great place to capture the sunset.

They also have a to go window in the summer if you want to grab take away and head to the beech, and they will take orders over the phone.  My advice is unless you want to go and eat elsewhere then eat in the restaurant or on the deck and let someone else take care of the clearing up – its doesn’t cost any more that the take out, and they have a good selection of wine and draft beer.

Whist it seems a little pricey for take out fish and chips (hence the advice above) we always enjoy going to the Seaside Restaurant – the food is always fresh and the staff are very welcoming.


795 Vesuvius Bay Road

250 537-2249