Salt Spring Air #saltspringvisit
I had the pleasure of being a guest of Salt Spring Air within the same visit I did to Sidney. They flew me from downtown Vancouver (outside the Westin Grand in Coal Harbour) to Ganges (Salt Spring Island) and finally they took me to Sidney. I also flew from Ganges back to downtown Vancouver (a fantastic flight that you should take sometime soon). I have to say that I was thoroughly spoiled by Salt Spring Air because not only did they take me to Sidney and to Ganges and back, but I was also shown around the Saturday market (another post forthcoming).
Obviously, the first question I asked (given the relevance of air travel to my research) was “do you offset your carbon footprint?” to which Philip Reece (one of the co-owners and my kind guide in a visit to Ganges and the rest of Vancouver Island) answered that they indeed offset their emissions, with a local company in Salt Spring Island that invests in local projects. That’s actually a pretty neat idea if you think about it, because we often focus so much in offsetting in remote locations that sometimes it’s important to make sure that the local community benefits from the same type of projects.
For a roundup of Salt Spring Air’s schedules you can click here. Their rates are extremely reasonable if you consider the time that it takes to get from Coal Harbour to Ganges using traditional methods (imagine a bus trip, then a ferry trip, then a drive into Ganges). Actually, on my flight back from Salt Spring Island, a young woman was sitting right besides me and she said “you know, it’s cheaper for me to do this than to take the ferry, and SO much more convenient”. What better endorsement than an actual client that is satisfied?
Salt Spring Air is also embracing social media and you can follow them on Twitter as @saltspringair. They have been offering excellent Twitter-only deals for potential customers so you probably would do yourself good by following them!
I will be updating this post with a composite video of my actual trip, but during Blogathon it’ll be really hard to do video editing so I’ll re-tweet once I have updated it. For now you should check the video I have on my Flickr.
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