Photo Series: Grace Islet Prayer Procession

Salt Spring Islanders gathered today to join in a low-tide prayer walk to Grace Islet to honour the burial grounds on the island. The disputed development of a house on top of First Nations burial cairns appears to continue intensify while construction proceeds. Organized by Joe Akerman, resident and visitors gathered to connect Grace Point in Salt Spring’s Ganges harbour with Grace Islet in a human chain and prayer flags in an attempt to draw attention to the housing development. Despite unanimous opposition from Capital Regional District Directors and First Nations Elders, the building and damage to the island continues. https://youtu.be/qAN3oCsiXik https://youtu.be/OjJ4WSWpAKQ
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Photo Series: Metamorphosis - Moss Cars of Salt Spring Island

In 2004 the Salt Spring Island photographer Eric Klemm photographed a dozen cars from the fifties and sixties covered by fern and moss on the property of a Salt Spring Island resident. The first exhibition titled "Metamorphosis" was held at Gallery Jones, Vancouver, in 2005. Hereafter the exhibition of 14 large 50x60" prints travelled to: Toronto, Houston,Texas, Milan,Italy, Mainz,Germany, Berlin,Germany, Zingst, Germany and was finally held at Artspring, Salt Spring Island, in May 2007. In September 2011 the German Goethe Institute invited Klemm to show the "Metamorphosis" photographs in Paris. After that it became a travelling exhibition visiting the French cities: Bordeaux, Lille, Brest, Nancy and Toulouse. Klemm has had more than 25 solo exhibitions in his long career, the Metamorphosis project has been his most succesful one, so far. One of the large images is in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Gary Michael Dault wrote 2005 in his col…
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Photos: Decline of the Fulford Inn

Well this is just plain sad. The hows and whys of how this came to pass seem to be a bit muddy, but there it is nonetheless. The old inn at the end of the Fulford Harbour, one of the main gateways for many thousands of visitors to the island and local community spot for Southenders, appears to be in an unstoppable decline. An inn has stood in one form or another on this site since before 1900. The first, a tavern operated by H.M. Rogers, burned down in 1901. In 1909 its place was taken by a country store. When guest rooms were subsequently added, the building became known as the White House and later the White Lodge. Destroyed by fire in the mid 30s, it was replaced by the Fulford Inn which, in the 50s also had a fire. Its had a turbulent past and it would appear a turbulent present. Hard to say what will happen. There are rumours the liquor license has been sold, the place has been gutted, vandals have removed fixtures, windows and skylights. The building is open to the …
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Video: Orca Pod in Fulford Harbour

We are surrounded by natural beauty on Salt Spring Island and like many things, timing is everything. We get regular orca pod visits but an entire ferry full of visitors and islanders got a special treat this afternoon. A pod of orcas along with a number of baby orcas met up with the Skeena Queen as she came into the harbour and all the way into the dock. Watch the videos! We'll update our wildlife sightings map shortly.
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Video: Salt Spring Cheese

This has to be one of our favourite places on the island and one of the top destinations of many visitors to Salt Spring, especially at Easter. Check out this new video piece about our very own Salt Spring Island Cheese.
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Video: Big Dip in the Snow Storm

Well the roads out there today are terrible. At least in the Northend. Stay home and track updates on the storm here. If you want to see just how wild some of the roads are, have a look at this video from this morning going down and up the Big Dip. Don't try this at home. 4x4+ required.
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Video: Salt Spring Style Luge - Toboggayaking

Well the Olympics and gold medal hockey were capped off with the biggest snow yet this winter. Best thing to celebrate is to get out in it, Salt Spring style. What do you get when you cross Salt Spring's favourite water sport (Kayaking) with a dollop of winter snow and a great sloping hill? We call it Toboggayaking! Toboggayaking - Salt Spring Style Two Man Luge - Salt Spring Style
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People Profile: Celeste Mallett Jason

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. Our People Profiles are short interviews with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of the people we will feature are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island. This Weeks Featured Local People Profile is: Celeste Mallett Jason Celeste Mallett Jason, author, yogini and teacher for over 30 years certificated in Yoga Therapy, Iyengar, Sivananda, and Ashtanga methods. After studying with many popular North American and European teachers she landed on Salt Spring having taught at various locations throughout the Island, including the Salt Spring Centre where she was a guiding instructor in the teacher-training program, she opened her own studio in 2001. We caught up with her in the Ganges yoga Studio breathed deeply, relaxed and asked her our favourite five short questions. Q. What brought you t…
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Video: Close Encounters with Humpback Whale

Always amazing to see the wild beauty that lives in the waters around and near our island. This is footage from a whale watching charter filmed by one of the passengers in Haro Strait just off San Juan Island, one of the sister islands of Salt Spring Island.
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