The southern gulf islands are a small cluster of islands located between Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of BC. Accessible by ferry or float plane, these islands are void of skyscrapers, noise pollution and the general busyness of everyday city life. They are truly gems of the pacific northwest.
It has been forever since my immediate family had been on a trip with just the 5 of us. It was long past due. My siblings and I decided to gift my dad with a family trip to Salt Spring island for his birthday. Despite only spending 2 days on Salt Spring, we still had the most gratifying trip! Whenever I spend quality time with my family I come away from it feeling truly blessed. Living in a different city than them can be hard sometimes, so trips like this have become extra special.
We are a family of nature lovers, so where ever we go we usually end up finding some sort of trail to explore. This trip, my mom had scouted out this super quiet coastal trail. The tsawout first nation reserve is a 43 acre chunk of land with a trail that winds through a Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Arbutus forest. The trail comes out on incredible beaches with subtle cultural hints of past such as shell midden. If you look carefully you may come across cedar trees with strips of bark missing. The cedar bark was once harvested for hats and baskets.
The Salt Spring Market is seriously one of the best markets. You will find local farmers, food producers, artists, jewellers and more!
I came away with this cool reclaimed wood piece. This quote is taken from one of my favourite motivating speeches from Arnold Schwarzenegger. Click here to watch it!!
Salt Spring Island Market - http://saltspringmarket.com/
After having a rather filling lunch at the Salt Spring Market, we decided to keep it simple for dinner. We picked up some incredible local goats milk cheese from the market, local deli meats and a variety of fresh fruit. We ate dinner outside on the patio overlooking the expansive view of the apple orchard and Salish Sea. Some sparkling wine from the Cowichan Valley was also enjoyed :)
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Our place was located on this beautiful apple orchard overlooking the ocean!
After such a beautiful sunny day, we knew the sunset was going to be one we couldn't miss. We hoped into the 4 runner and booked it to the north west end of the island. We somehow happened across the most amazing sunset watching spot. The water was glass like and the air was warm. We sat here for awhile and took in the view. It is moments like this that make you realize how damn good life can be :)
We all left the island Sunday afternoon feeling well rested and recharged to take on the week ahead.
What are your go-to getaway spots? Let me know in the comments below!