Win a #TravelTuesday Chefs Across The Water #CAW Grand Prize with @Hastings_House @SaltSpringAir and @hummingbird604

If you have followed my blog closely you probably have realized how much I travel writing I do, and how many wonderful events in Canada I promote and highlight. Travel Tuesday is usually one of my favorite days of the week because it usually gives me the chance to write about fantastic travel-focused events that happen in Canada, and especially my home province, British Columbia. One of the destinations I have more proudly highlighted on my travel writings (and where I feel most at home) is Salt Spring Island. Once you reach Salt Spring Island, you are on island time and you really have a chance to relax. And one of my absolute favorite food and wine events happens every year precisely on Salt Spring Island. It’s one of those amazing opportunities that you ABSOLUTELY MUST enjoy at least once in your lifetime: Chefs Across The Water. I recently announced on my Twitter stream the dates for Chefs Across The Water 2012, hosted by Hastings House on Salt Spring Island. You can tell how much I loved it that I highlighted Salt Spring Island as one of my top travel experiences and destinations in 2011.

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Hastings House Country House Hotel and Dining Room on Salt Spring Island is pleased to announce our guest chef program is returning for 2012 — top BC chefs have been invited to prepare multiple-course dinners in the Hastings House kitchen, incorporating Salt Spring Island’s produce, seafood, and meats. Wine pairings featuring BC wines will be offered to complement the extraordinary menus.

Salt Spring Island is a food-lover’s paradise, blessed with a mild Mediterranean-like climate and devoted growers and producers renowned for their organic fruits and vegetables, meats, and cheeses. Fresh-caught, wild seafood rounds out nature’s local pantry. In recent years, island wineries have further added to the diversity of the local harvest. Diners can look forward to amazing experiences as the celebrated guest chefs each put their own personal spin on Salt Spring Island flavours.

Chefs Across The Water is, without a doubt, one of the premiere wine and food events in the entire province of British Columbia, and certainly would rank up high there in Canada. The 2012 programme sounds simply amazing:

The new guest chef line-up builds on the tradition of connecting British Columbia’s fine dining establishments while highlighting the incredible bounty of the region’s produce. This year Chefs Across the Water invites distinguished chefs from three Relais & Châteaux luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants to participate in a series of gastronomic island adventures in the months of June, September and October.

Chefs Across the Water participants and dates are as follows:

Chef Nicholas Nutting
The Wickaninnish Inn
Monday, June 11th

Chef Lee Parsons
The Wedgewood Hotel
Monday, September 17th

Chef Terry Pichor
Sonora Resort
Tuesday, October 16th

Each one of the dinners is $100.00 per person, wine pairings $40.00. This is really affordable, even more so if you think about the kind of exclusive and one-of-a-kind experience it is, and each person gets to enjoy a delicious five course dinner prepared with local ingredients by some of the most amazing chefs in the province of British Columbia.

I am super excited to announce that Salt Spring Air and Hastings House have again partenered with me (as they usually do, because they are amazing and they always have been incredibly kind to me) to offer a lucky reader of mine (and a guest of theirs) a Chefs Across The Water 2012 Grand Prize. The Grand Pack elements are as follows:

My Chefs Across The Water/Hastings House/Salt Spring Air Grand Prize package will include two return (Vancouver-Salt Spring Island-Vancouver) seats on the flight to Salt Spring Island that is most appropriate for Chefs Across The Water (June 11th afternoon to return June 12th morning). If you know anything about Salt Spring Air, you’ll know that they are absolutely wonderful and that they provide top-notch service (as well as dozens of Twitter deal, you should follow them at @SaltSpringAir). Beyond their fantastic service and amazing customer service quality, another thing that I love about Salt Spring Air is how eager their owner (Phillip) is willing to experiment with social media (check out Salt Spring Air Pinterest, for example). I always have entrusted my travel to and from Salt Spring (and sometimes to Victoria too) to Salt Spring Air.

Flight to Ganges and Patricia Bay with Salt Spring Air

Flight to Ganges and Patricia Bay with Salt Spring Air

SaltSpring Air is the islanders’ airline. We are a locally owned airline based out of Ganges on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada. Now offering free parking at Vancouver Airport. We offer scheduled seaplane service between Saltspring Island, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Downtown Vancouver/ Vancouver Harbour, and Maple Bay on Vancouver Island. Saltspring Air also provides seaplane flights to the many Gulf Islands.

Charter flights and scenic sightseeing flights are available to any destination throughout the west coast of British Columbia including Victoria Harbour, Nanaimo Harbour, Tofino, Sunshine Coast, Canada’s Southern Gulf Islands and most points reachable by floatplane on Vancouver Island. Our scheduled service serves the following communities; Ganges, Fulford Harbour, Duncan, North Saanich, Pat Bay, Mill Bay, Chemainus, Crofton, Ladysmith, Cowichan, Saturna, Poets Cove and Port Washington of Pender Island, Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island, Miners Bay on Mayne Island, Montague Harbour on Galiano Island, Telegraph Harbour on Thetis Island, Brentwood and Sidney by the Sea.

My Grand Prize Package also includes dinner for two at the June 11th Chefs Across The Water dinner. You REALLY should try, regardless of whether you win (or not) my Grand Prize, to visit Salt Spring Island for Chefs Across The Water. You can read my experience at the August 2011 Chefs Across The Water here. And a couple of photos just to entice your appetite.

Chefs Across The Water (Hastings House at Salt Spring Island)

Chefs Across The Water (Hastings House at Salt Spring Island)

Not only do you get to experience the scenic flight over to Salt Spring Island, courtesy of Salt Spring Air, and a fantastic dinner for two in the dining room of Hastings House at Salt Spring, but Hastings House has kindly upped the ante on my Grand Prize and is offering accommodation for two for an overnight stay at the amazing Hastings House. You can read my experiences at Hastings House (which have always been wonderful, both for Chefs Across The Water and for the Salt Spring Island Documentary Film Festival) here. Just a couple of photos of my previous visits to show you how cozy and comfortable the accommodations are.

Hastings House (Salt Spring Island)

Hastings House (Salt Spring Island)

Hastings House Country House Hotel is a small waterfront luxury country resort, spa and restaurant – sits on 22 acres on the waterfront of Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Enjoy luxury lodging, fine dining, wellness and relaxation in a casually-elegant atmosphere. Explore British Columbia’s natural beauty, Salt Spring’s mild climate and the warmth and creativity of its people.

The heart of the seaside resort is a magnificent 11th century Sussex-style Manor House overlooking peaceful Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island, BC. The Manor House is where guests gather for cocktails and conversation, before dinner. Eighteen unique guest rooms and suites, each with its own décor and history, are situated in seven lovingly maintained buildings around the estate.

So, what do you need to do to enter to win my Chefs Across The Water/Salt Spring Air/Hastings House Grand Prize contest? Well, that is actually pretty easy. You can earn one entry by dropping a comment on this post telling me about your best travel experience in British Columbia. Bonus points if said travel experience has been to Salt Spring Island, or a stay at Hastings House, or flying with Salt Spring Air! I just think it is important to highlight how much of a fantastic travel destination Salt Spring Island is, and while I love all of British Columbia, I think it would be neat if your travel experience had a Salt Spring Island component (this is not mandatory, however!).

If you want to earn a second entry on top of your comment (for a total of two), you can post the following on Twitter:

Shared BC travels w/ @Hummingbird604 http://is.gd/U9nQoH 2 enter 2 win #CAW @saltspringair @hastings_house Chefs Across The Water prize

I will count the second entry (Twitter) only after you drop a comment on this post. I will void entries that just drop a one liner, though. My goal with Grand Prize contests like this is to enrich the experiences of my readers by having my readers share their own travel experiences, so a one liner or a two word phrase just telling me where it was where you travelled and had the most fun doesn’t really inform the other contest participants and commenters on the post. Share about the wonders that Salt Spring Island and the province of British Columbia have!

The fine print:

This contest is open to 19 years of age and older. Please drink responsibly if you consume any alcohol during your dinner. Travel to-and-from Vancouver (if you are out of the Metro Vancouver area) is on your own, as the flight will leave downtown Vancouver and drop you off in Ganges, Salt Spring Island.

I will draw a winner from all entries on the second Travel Tuesday of June, June 5th, at 4pm Pacific Standard Time. Good luck everyone, and thanks Salt Spring Air and Hastings House for, as always, partnering with me to offer amazing Grand Prizes to my readers.

Related posts:

  1. Chefs Across The Water at Hastings House in Salt Spring Island (August 2011)
  2. Salt Spring Island Cheese (Salt Spring Island, BC)
  3. Breakfast at Hastings House in Salt Spring Island
  4. Hastings House Country House Hotel (Salt Spring Island)
  5. 12th Annual Salt Spring Island Documentary Film Festival

Comments (71)

DeniseMay 22nd, 2012 at 9:13 am

I will always remember Salmon Arm. My boyfriend at the time had to change a tire in 40 degree weather. That ruined our road trip. Good thing we had a spare tire.
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JaneMay 22nd, 2012 at 9:27 am

went to victoria for the first time during canada day and got lots of freebies and free food.

HeatherMay 22nd, 2012 at 9:28 am

My favorite BC moment was when I went to Parksville with my family and I was pregnant…that was 21 years ago. I loved it there and would love to have a summer vacation home there!

DeidreMay 22nd, 2012 at 9:33 am

Some time back my husband and I stayed at Suncrest Cottage on Salt Spring – and it was WONDERFUL. One day we will go back there!

DeidreMay 22nd, 2012 at 9:39 am

(add on to the above comment!) the full kitchen and BBQ let us create our own meals from local produce we brought each day – the views were spectacular! And it was so beautifully quiet!

TeresaMay 22nd, 2012 at 10:27 am

I haven’t been to Salt Spring so would love to go! My most memorable trip was to Saturna Island which is a hop away from Galiano. It’s a small island with a tight knit community. Over the Canada Day long weekend, I went over there to experience their famous yearly open pit lamb bbq. It was an amazing event with jaw drawing mouth drooling bbq lamb with homemade mint sauces and sides. You can only imagine the work the community put into the food as they have to make enough for hundreds of attendees who visit this little island for this quaint bbq. There was also a mini farmers’ market, contests for kids, and performances…and a few stray ‘lucky’ lambs to keep the little ones busy ;)

Stephanie GreavesMay 22nd, 2012 at 10:33 am

I love where I live in Victoria, BC – and have to count my recent February overnight getaway to Salt Spring Island as one of my BEST BC experiences! We are absolutely excited to get back to Salt Spring during the summer months to enjoy even more of what the Island has to offer, including the weekend markets, the artisan tours and the culinary delights at Hastings House (we have dreamed of staying there, but it has been booked on both occassions!!!) Our anniversary is coming up on May 30th, and this would be the ultimate treat to look forward too! Of course, we would LOVE to write about our experiences, and having flown with Salt Spring Air previously, would relish the opportunity to do it again!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog – looking forward to reading more!

Cheers,

Stephanie and Jonathan

Matt CollingeMay 22nd, 2012 at 10:42 am

I have lived in BC my whole life and never been to Saltspring Island so this would be a great prize for me. I tend to go back to the same great places over and over again (Hornby Island, and Watch Lake in the Cariboo), but my best, relatively recent, travel experience in BC was Penticton and the South Okanagan. I loved the main street in Penticton and the scenery of the lake and nearby desert was fantastic. The wine helped too!

Jo CoxMay 22nd, 2012 at 10:46 am

I have not traveled to Salt Spring Island but have been to a few of the other Gulf Islands. In the late 70′s/early 80′s, when my daughter was younger, we used to camp on Hornby Island ever year at Tribune Bay Campsite. Some of my best memories for sure are swimming in the the beautiful clear waters and hiking the many trails and parks on the island. After a recent trip back I was pleasantly surprised to see that island has not changed that much from those days!!
Love Beautiful BC :-)

BelindaMay 22nd, 2012 at 10:46 am

I have never been to Saltspring Island. On the bus to the ferry, a girl from Saltspring Island told me all about her life there. She also mentioned that a particular restaurant on Saltspring offers long table genuine Italian dinning and she was a host at that dinner party. Also an elder Saltspring Island couple was in Van to shop at Ikea. They were the cheerfulest couple I have seen. There must be a happy factor on Saltspring.

One of the best trip that I had in BC was driving from Victoria to Qualicum Beach during the summer. The fresh seafood tacones were amazing and there is always a waterfront view at almost all of the restaurants there.

MelanieMay 22nd, 2012 at 10:58 am

Haida Gwaii :-) It was early in my PhD, and fr the Just Fish project. We had a feast at someone’s home in Skidegate, while Guujaw drummed and sang and talked with us. The trip coincided with my birthday, so was especially memorable.

(As an aside, the chef at GC when I lived there had come to GC from Hastings House!)

Jenny LomasMay 22nd, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I was born and raised on Salt Spring Island, but of course never realised how good we had it until I lived elsewhere. Alas, despite living on the island for over 20 years, I have never dined at Hastings House! These days, my husband and I have the Gulf Island addiction – and travel to Salt Spring almost every other weekend through the summer. As soon as we get there, we drive into Fulford to pick up farm fresh eggs from Fowl Mood Farm, and of course veggies from every other farm stand along the way. We like to go to the Saturday Market really early, before all the stands are set up, and grab an Ometepe coffee, french pastries, and an onion loaf – then we flee to a quiet patio! One of my favourite SSI memories is a scenic flight on Salt Spring Air; also love walking out the path through the Tsawout First Nation reserve along Fulford Harbour.

Jennifer M.May 22nd, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Unfortunately I have never had the opportunity to travel to Salt Spring Island (yet!) but I would love to go. One of my best travel experiences in British Columbia was a short weekend trip we took to the Sunshine Coast. It was wonderful to take the ferry to Gibsons, as you get all the enjoyment of a ferry ride, but it doesn’t take very long. We had planned on going for a hike on the nearby Soames Hill Trail, and it was very enjoyable. Inside the forest is so peaceful and amazingly green, the trees are dripping with moss and ferns cover the ground. We stayed at a private beachfront cottage on Halfmoon Bay. On the way there, we picked up some groceries to have our own carne asada barbeque for dinner (my husband is originally from Mexico). It was surreal to be only a few steps away from the shore as we enjoyed our delicious meal on the patio, watching the sunset over the water. I would definitely recommend the Sunshine Coast to anyone in search of a nice BC vacation! Now I definitely want to check out Salt Spring Island as well.

JenMay 22nd, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Favourite trip so far was on Galiano Island. We stayed at a fantastic B&B and went beachcombing, and sat in a private hot tub looking at stars. BC is so gorgeous. Seriously.

LoisMay 22nd, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Bowen Island has a writers conference in early July. The experience of the journey to Hordeshoe Bay, with is magnificent vistas, followed by a short ferry ride to Bowen, which is a lovely place with very nice people, is so enjoyable. Blue-Eyed Mary’s is a great restaurant.

I feel compelled to give an honorable mention to the now-closed hostel on Saltspring, which had treehouses and tepees in a beautiful wooded setting.

DoritaMay 22nd, 2012 at 7:52 pm

It was in Salt Spring Island that my husband & I, spent a weekend together before his passing. Since then I’ve tried to go every summer with my daughter & daughter in law or a friend. I love the people, the Saturday Market, the visits to the artist’s studios, the food at the Tree House Cafe & Calvin’s Bistro (never had the chance to eat at Hastings House), the views and the super relaxing atmosphere.

MargrietMay 22nd, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I live on gorgeous Salt Spring where I run Between The Covers Booklovers’ B & B. Love reading your comments and experiences. Hastings House is a special place on this island. And no one gets you here more in style than Salt Spring Air. I love flying in over the sparkling waters in a little float plane. We encourage all of our visitors to try the floatplanes. With lots of organic and gourmet food places, this island is a culinary treat at any time of year!

ValerieMay 22nd, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Savary Island! Takes all day to get there, but once you do…WOW, it’s gorgeous and definitely runs on its own time! Love to camp out on South Beach or rent a cabin

raincoasterMay 23rd, 2012 at 3:56 am

Dammit, Raul, how am I supposed to win your contests if you always run them when I’m in Penticton? Will SaltSpring Air come and pick me up there and deliver me safely to the hot tub on the hill where I am cat-sitting?

I’m NEVER getting to Saltspring in my whole damn life. Fine. BE that way.
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MariannaMay 23rd, 2012 at 8:00 am

One of our best B.C. vacations was to an island, not Salt Spring, but Galiano. It was an adventure that provided fodder for many a tale to tell!

I have not yet been to Salt Spring, so this would be the perfect opportunity to go!

(Does it count for extra points if I have Salt Spring Island Basil Chevre in my fridge, right now? :) )

ShirleyMay 23rd, 2012 at 8:03 am

My best travel experience was in the Okanagan. But I have heard so many good things about Salt Spring Island and would LOVE to go there!

ShirleyMay 23rd, 2012 at 8:05 am

We loved visiting the wineries in the Okanagan. Also, the half ironman we did in Osoyoos was pretty unforgettable.

Meaghan CampbellMay 23rd, 2012 at 10:17 am

My favourite travel memory in BC is getting married on Saltspring – at the Barn in the South End on a spectacular June evening. It was a magical day and night and captured the true Island spirit – Saltspring will alwys be home for me even though I don’t live there anymore.

ManuelMay 23rd, 2012 at 10:26 am

My favorite travel experience within British Columbia would have to be the camping trip that I took a few summers ago to Penticton. I flew to Kelowna with my wife and we stayed at a tent campground on Skaha Lake. I loved the beach, and the warm, shallow water — totally perfect for swimming. Penticton and Kelowna are awesome for summer vacations, the views are amazing with the rolling hills of vineyards. We did some hiking, took the Kettle Valley train, went swimming a bunch, ate a ton of fresh fruit. BC is pretty amazing.

Ian YMay 23rd, 2012 at 11:20 am

DING DING DING! Bonus points for my best BC experience story haha. Honestly though, it has to be my stay at Green Acres that is located right on the edge of St.Mary’s Lake. Awesome fishing for bass that is just non-stop at the month of May. Like literally once your line hits the water bam bam..FISH ON! I’ll never forget that as I caught over 30 fish in under 2 hours! Mmmmmm :)

BrigetteMay 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I’ve never been to Salt Spring Island, but would love to go. Neither has my husband…and his birthday is June 10…just saying. ;-)

My best travel experience in BC has to be to the Sunshine Coast at the Rockwater Secret Cove Resort. They have the most amazing treetop tenthouse suites that are so romantic. Add in a glorious massage and some fantastic food, and that was a weekend away in heaven. :-)

LisaMay 23rd, 2012 at 3:38 pm

My most recent trip to Lilloet was memorable! Amazing wines in that region, and a relaxing dinner at a lovely Greek restaurant. I love Gold Rush country!

Lor.May 23rd, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Mom and I went to Saltsping for a wedding and it was so charming. The mother of the bride made jackets for the wedding party using the wool of her own sheep. There was a beautiful view over the water as we had a BBQ. Aside from the event, we loved driving around the island discovering artist studios and especially the amazing farmers’ market. We would love to go back. If you haven’t been, do go…

AnabelleMay 23rd, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I haven’t been either to SSI, Hastings House or used Harbour Air, but my life in BC has been a vacation on its own.

I will always remember my first visit to Vancouver, when I still lived in Victoria. The majestic mountains, the contrast between glass and trees and the amazing feeling that everything was new and shiny. Despite my later… disillusion, I will always remember that time when I walked out of the bus depot for the first time and saw IT. It took my breath away, and I still retain some of my love from this amazing first time.
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AnabelleMay 23rd, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I haven’t been either to SSI, Hastings House or used Salt Spring Air, but my life in BC has been a vacation on its own.

I will always remember my first visit to Vancouver, when I still lived in Victoria. The majestic mountains, the contrast between glass and trees and the amazing feeling that everything was new and shiny. Despite my later… disillusion, I will always remember that time when I walked out of the bus depot for the first time and saw IT. It took my breath away, and I still retain some of my love from this amazing first time.
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ColleenMay 23rd, 2012 at 5:04 pm

When I was young (9? 11? something like that), I drove across BC with my dad, from Qualicum Beach (where I grew up) to Cranbrook BC. It’s something I will never forget – the small towns, the mountains, desert, rivers and lakes… we live in a very very beautiful province, and one I am trying very very hard not to take for granted.

nancyMay 23rd, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Best experience with friends to Sunshine coast. Fishing and catching fresh crab/shirmp and then making it fresh… nothing can beat the sunshine and relaxing times!

daveMay 23rd, 2012 at 5:09 pm

surfing in tofino. vacation away from home yet closely accessible by ferry!
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Cindy SmithMay 23rd, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I remember my one and only trip to Salt Spring with my husband more than 10 years ago.  We took BC Ferries (not sure if there was float plane service then) and brought our bikes.   The trip over was very scenic and we were even lucky enough to see some Orca whales on the way!  It was a day of cycling with frequent stops to taken local art, crafts, pottery and of course time out to try some yummy treats!  I tried Salt Springs coffee the first time and still remember how amazing it tasted. My fond memories of Salt Spring are of a peaceful warm community full of talented locals.

NatalieMay 23rd, 2012 at 8:44 pm

My favourite vacation in BC is actually my yearly family trips to Fairmont Hot Springs, BC. We lived in Calgary and when I was born, my family bought a timeshare in the villas. We went up the 2nd week of July every year and enjoy golfing, BBQs and the hot springs. We loved it! It was small and quaint – no television or phones, just books, Willie Nelson music and good family bonding. It was only three hours from Calgary. Since we moved to Vancouver as a family in 1997, we began trading our unit to other places, but I always have a fondness for Fairmont. My sister ever had her honeymoon up there! Thanks for hosting the contest Raul!! It sounds like an amazing (re)treat!!
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Cathy BrowneMay 24th, 2012 at 7:44 am

I haven’t traveled much in BC yet, but this would be a wonderful opportunity for me to combine my love of travel, food, wine and photography! Fingers crossed:-)
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Andrea GregoryMay 24th, 2012 at 7:56 am

I am so eager to see to Salt Spring Island! In the meantime, here are my top five most memorable B.C. moments:

1. Houseboating at Lake Shuswap
2. Sailing adventure to Thetus Island
3. The spectacular Northern Lights outside Dawson Creek
4. A week enjoying the sunshine and beaches of Nelson
5. Driving the incredible Fraser Canyon

I hope to add Salt Spring Island to the list!

SanazMay 24th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

My best experience is doing a road trip across BC to Banff, we stopped in small towns along the way and had a ton of fun!

Vancouver AirbnbMay 24th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I’ll just start by saying Salt Spring Island is on ‘my list’ of places to go & afraid as I am of flying I think it would be an incredible journey with amazing views to get there by a float plane.

One of my most recent BC road trips was we took some guests from England to Vancouver Island for the day. We started in Victoria & took them to see the seals at Oak Bay Marina, went for coffee in Oak Bay & then we took the scenic route to the inner harbour and drove through Beacon Hill Park to the World’s tallest totem pole. We also by chance found a huge watering can that was incorporated into a water park! We drove over the Malahat to Whipple Tree Junction and stopped in Duncan to see the many totem poles and the world’s largest hockey stick. We carried on to Chemanius and did a walking tour of their infamous outdoor murals and had tea at “Twisted Sister’s.” We then headed to Nanaimo to catch the ferry home. BC is beautiful!

VinceMay 25th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I have taken visitors to Saltspring Island quite often, but have stayed there only once, the scenery is magnificant, the people there are so friendly and helpful. I enjoy visiting all the artisans you find selling cheeses, pottery, coffee, icecreams, jams, handicarfts, the list goes on!

JanMay 25th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I have taken the ferry frequently to SaltSpring Island and love the drive from Fulford Harbour to the Upper Ganges area. Most memorable time though was when I headed out to the Fernwood Road Cafe because, to me, it was just seemingly out in the middle of nowhere with some amazing coffee.

DarcyMay 25th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

One road trip I especially enjoyed was from Vancouver to Kelowna down to Osoyoos and back again. We made time to stop at places we’ve always wanted to and never had time for: Othello Tunnels, Bridal Veil Falls, Grist Mill in Keremeos, the bakery & Hardy Falls in Peachland, Summerland Sweets in where else but Summerland! Of course we came home with 20 lb’s of cherries….

I’ve never had the good fortune to go to The Hastings House on Salt Spring via Harbour Air would be an adventure I’d love to enjoy!

JenMay 25th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I love Salt Spring Island! I have been there once and remember the amazingly friendly people and being a foodie paradise! We drink Salt Spring Cofffee every morning at home and it reminds us of the calmness of the island. One of the most fun things we did was eat at the tree house cafe, it was like being in a fairy tale. I would love to spend a few days there, enjoying the Chefs Across the Water event! I’ve read about it in the past on your blog and know it would be an amazing getaway, along with a great flight there!

JeremyMay 25th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Salt Spring Island is one of my favourite BC islands to visit. I love the farms and the slow pace of being there. I remember spending the day discovering the farms and back roads of the island, having a picnic and shopping in the village. I have only ever been there for the day, so being able to spend the night there would be perfect :)

GudrunMay 25th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I have been to Salt Spring Island many years ago and remember participating in the local farmers market ….selling our homemade wares.

Things were slow that morning but it was fun talking to the people coming to our stall and also chatting with the other sellers at the market. We were selling homemade marionettes and hadn’t made one sale all morning. Towards the end of the market we were quickly packing up our table in anticipation of heading to the local pub afterwards for lunch ….when 2 separate individuals rushed up to our table to each make a purchase.

It was a wonderful day!!

TeresaMay 26th, 2012 at 10:32 am

My favourite experience has been visiting Salt Spring Island. One of my friends grew up on Salt Spring Island so I’ve been able to visit her there on several occasions. I attended her wedding on the island just a few weeks ago. I just love how island life is so different than city life in Vancouver. Many on the island are very relaxed. It’s quite enjoyable.

Holly MacDonaldMay 26th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Confession. I live on Salt Spring, but never eaten at thr Hastings House. I am however a frequent flyer with the fabulous folks at Salt Spring Air, who are customer service focused and safety oriented. Put Sip and Savour on your Salt Spring travel list: Sept 22/23 this year. http://www.sipandsavoursaltspring.com/

My best BC trip was camping/kayaking in the Johnstone Strait with the Orcas, tents across from Robson Bight, hydrophones for listening to their calls, marine sightings galore, gourmet food, experience of a lifetime!

Perth AmbassadorMay 27th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Great post – Vancouver has to be my favourite place outside of WA. Definitely have to get to Salt Spring

RebeccaMay 29th, 2012 at 1:16 am

My favourite B.C. travel experience was on Bowen Island. I took my husband there as a surprise on Valentine’s Day several years ago. We stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast and awoke in the morning to two deer at our window. It was very romantic and it was an incredibly beautiful island to explore. I have never been to Saltspring Island, but would love to go.

Robert CarnegieMay 29th, 2012 at 9:06 am

My most memorable summer vacation was to the Lavender Festival on Salt Spring Island. I remember all the fields of brilliant purple and such and amazing scent in the air all around. Very peaceful and calming experience.

CarolMay 30th, 2012 at 9:20 am

I spent a wonderful weekend on Saltspring Island. It was a really wonderful experience. Lots of artists live on the island and have their studios open for tourists to drop in and purchase their creations. Truly a unique experience.

BobMay 30th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

My best holiday experiences in BC include camping trips where I was based in Nelson and then experienced as many hotsprings swims as I could find in the nearby Kootenays. I loved Ainsworth. I loved Nakusp. The whole time I was there, however, I thought about what it would be like to visit Saltspring, where I’ve never been before. I grew up nearby (Nanaimo) and have no excuse for not going, so Saltspring is now on my list, even if there are no hotsprings there!

AnneMay 30th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

When I was 9 years old I visited Salt Spring Island with my maiden auntie Jean whose friends owned the house now called Hastings House and operated it as a sheep farm at that time. It was just their family home. I loved the boat ride over from Victoria as my parents were not able to afford vacations so this was such an adventure. I remember being in my own bedroom such a treat not to have to share with my siblings and looking out at the harbour, watching all of the boats and then walking through the fields with the sheep. Even as a child I have such fond memories of this trip and always wished to go back. Now that I am in my later years I wished I had gotten more information about the family that lived there. I would love to revisit this most magical place as I remember it so many years ago.

StephanieMay 30th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

When I was a kid my family had a boat and we’d spend summers traveling up the BC coast, as far as Sullivan Bay. My favourite destinations were the Gulf Islands, specifically Salt Spring.
It held a special place in my heart for many years after the boat was sold, and two summers ago I finally revisited the island with my boyfriend, who proposed to me atop Mount Maxwell. We wanted to stay at Hastings House that weekend, but it was over our budget! The closest we got to it was wandering around their lovely grounds. We’d love a chance to go back to Salt Spring and this time actually go inside Hastings House!

Vanessa MarshallMay 30th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Sadly, I have never been to Salt Spring! Which is why I want to go so much!

Although I have had many many amazing BC traveling experiences, I would have to say that my best was the first time I traveled to Vancouver Island, had an incredible road trip around the island, and ended up in Tofino. Facing the ocean in all it’s glory at Long Beach was one of the most awe-inspiring and humbling moments of my life.

BonnieMay 31st, 2012 at 9:46 pm

My best travel experience in BC was a trip to Kingfisher Spa in Courtenay on Vancouver Island a few years ago. Great spa services and great food.

JennJune 1st, 2012 at 8:01 am

My best travel experience in BC was to Pacific Sands in Tofino. Tofino is one of my favourite places, and Pacific Sands is an awesome place to stay. So relaxing. I would love to go to Saltspring Island!

Sunshine GJune 1st, 2012 at 8:48 am

I’ve been to Saltspring a few times and love it – it feels like warping back in time to a world that was simpler, more wholesome and with amazing food!

Ekaterina D.June 1st, 2012 at 11:59 am

It’s funny that Salt Spring should be the destination because, honestly, my best travel experience has been Salts Spring Island. I went last, last January and while it was the off season, I absolutely fell in LOVE with the place. I loved the little farms and sites (there’s AMAZING CHAI at one of the small coffee shops). I would love to see it again, this time when it’s a bit warmer!

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WallyJune 1st, 2012 at 4:18 pm

My favourite place to go visit is Tofino. I like the ocean, the fishing and kayaking. Makes me forget all my stress. The seafood there is also less polluted.

HarjitJune 1st, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Best travel experience in BC is taking my hubs back to my small town of Clearwater, BC to show him the amazing, most fabulous and wondrous, biggest falls I have ever seen called: Helmcken Falls in the beautiful Wells Gray Park. Along with these falls, we walked around the mushbowl, Spahats Falls, and Moul Falls and spent the rest of the day enjoying the park. We were excited to see deer along the way, and a little nervous when a baby bear crossed the road. Overall, the trip was a success, and my hubs could not believe a jewel of a park could be in such a small town. Small towns have character, and feel peaceful. I would love to travel to Salt Spring BC.
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CameronJune 2nd, 2012 at 11:10 am

My best travel experience in BC was a couple of summers ago when we rented a car and explored the Rockies. Admittedly, some of this trip was in Alberta. We saw so many amazing sights and and wildlife we’d never seen before.

myna lee johnstoneJune 3rd, 2012 at 5:43 am

my best travel experience in BC was taking the Salt Spring Air seaplane from Ganges to Vancouver.
I have never seen the island,trees water and buildings from above.
It was a glorous experience. Every minute of the way.
Oh!
Wow! and WOW!
and flying over Stanley Park was thrilling.
Having been a tree hugger for decades it was amazing to see them from above yet so close.

Nancy LJune 3rd, 2012 at 9:58 pm

My best travel experience in BC has been Salt Spring Island twice. Once as a student with my friend. Here we had a wood fire burning oven where we stayed and the room not having a TV or phone encouraged us to de-compress. We were really close to Hastings House but student budget didn’t allow us to splurge.

The second time was the most special as it was my honeymoon. We stayed at a B&B and had our own private view from the hot-tub and again, we could walk down to the water. Just time to relax and read and enjoy some wonderful local food.

Andy C.June 4th, 2012 at 3:34 am

My best travel experience in BC was many years ago when hippies were just discovering the Gulf Islands and Richard Nixon was just getting into trouble. Then, the ferry to Denman and Hornby Island was the somewhat successful mating of a tug boat and a barge by some weekend welder with a creative bend and alcoholic bender. Hornby was undiscovered and at low tide the detritus of World War One became apparent with barnacle encrusted cannons and truck bits of that era revealing themselves near the beach. There was a haunted house that an old gentleman would tell you a story and try to frighten you but even a youngster like me was more interested in the mechanical aspects of his gizmos than being scared by his story. It was bliss and a Treasure Island adventure for a kid. In fact, the Gulf Islands were full of mystery with abandoned Japanese fishing villages, cults, pirates, bones and rum runners.

CeciliaJune 4th, 2012 at 11:50 am

I went to Salt Spring last year on a whim and loved it. My one big concern with islands is that they’re – well – too remote for the urban gal that I am. Salt Spring was the perfect middle ground – island living, with all the conveniences and quirks of a small town. I’m dying to go back…
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PhoenixJune 4th, 2012 at 11:58 am

While I haven’t been the Salt Spring (yet!) one of my best BC travel experiences has been to Osoyoos/Oliver region. My boyfriend and I took a leisurely drive to Osoyoos (4 hours), and spent the afternoon at different wineries, stopping for lunch at Tinhorn Creek’s new restaurant. We spent the night at Hester Creek’s resort and had an amazing breakfast and just chilled. We visited other wineries in Keremeos and just had a lovely time taking in the beauty of our province and all the delicious food and wine BC has to offer

At the end we ended up with 4 cases of wine from the various wineries in the Okanagan, a few of which I still haven’t opened because they are so special to me!

MarciaJune 5th, 2012 at 7:24 am

I was fortunate enough to have a work trip to Saltspring. So lovely, even in the rain! We stayed at the Harbour House Hotel (sorry Hastings, maybe next time!). Have you ever had their oatmeal for breakfast? Oh my word it is so delicious, especially with the fresh roasted hazelnuts. Excellent texture, so comforting, yet so so luxurious. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

Crystal KJune 5th, 2012 at 7:35 am

My favorite BC travel moment was to Osoyoos which is BC’s very own desert. Water sports all day, BBQs all night, good company all around and a gorgeous scenic drive. Truly one of our gems.

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Grant BowenJune 26th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

My greatest BC travel experience was a bicycle trip through the Gulf Islands, including my favorite : Saltspring Island! Natural Beauty, culture and a peaceful rural atmosphere so near to Vancouver makes Saltspring special.

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