Salt Spring Island in an edible little work of art

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There are many wonderful things about Salt Spring Island.

There is the famous goat cheese, packed so beautifully it is like tiny, edible work of art, and the delicious coffee that is on par with the best out there.

And of course it is known for being a hub for artist, attracting talent from across the country. But what finally drew me there was the chance to stay at the historic Hastings House, a beautiful resort that is set on a 22-acre farm.

The trip to the island offered a little taste of things to come. It already felt like a holiday once the ferry departed from the Tsawassen ferry terminal.

For three hours, it slowly snaked between the Southern Gulf Islands, including Mayne, Pender and Saturna. Salt Spring is the largest of this cluster of islands nestled between Vancouver Island and the mainland.

After watching the sun setting leisurely over the inlets, we arrived at the last stop, Long Harbour. From there it was a 10-minute drive to the resort.

The hotel is very close to the centre of Ganges, the main town on the island (it is a mere 20-minute walk or 10-minute drive).

It lies close to the marina and harbour next to a luscious forest. We arrived around 10 p.m. and while exhausted, couldn't quite settle down.

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August 22, 2011 8:25 AM

  • Jenn says:

    I must agree with the comment below. This reads like a promo for Hastings House...and I am wondering what ferry the writer caught that left from Tsawassen and went to Mayne, Pender and Saturna. Last I checked, this was not possible...and the people on Galiano might be a bit ticked off that they were left off the itinerary. Don't get me wrong, HH is a fabulous location and the restaurant produces some amazingly wonderful food (for the once a year I can afford to go), but there is so much more to the Island (and the art).

  • Fred Smith says:

    Whatever brings people over to our little dying Trusty island, works for me.