British Columbia never fails to amaze us. We have visited most of the famous places here but we still get surprised whenever we see other secret jewels that are all hidden inside this beautiful province.
Salt Spring Island is situated in the gulf islands. To get there, you need to take a ferry ride of more than 3 hours. You might think the travel time is long but take it as an opportunity to enjoy the incomparable majestic ocean view. Since it’s springtime, we have more sun exposure now and the weather is more tolerable. In fact, some Canadians are no longer wearing jackets. Cool.
To get to our destination, we accidentally travelled a winding road, that made us go up and down the hills. It was kind of scary but felt a little bit thrilled and adventurous at the same time.
Our accommodation was situated at the biggest lake on the island, the St. Mary’s Lake.
Many times, we’ve been trying different accommodation from bed and breakfast to RV rental, but this is the first time to be in a rustic cabin. Actually, they called it chalet. I have to admit googling it just to differentiate the two. The chalet and the cabin are being used interchangeably but their origins are definitely different. The chalet is from Switzerland, while the cabin is of European origin.
Anyway, the overall experience was amazing. Despite the cold weather in the lake, my family did not hesitate to use the watersports equipment available in the resort for free. They used kayaks, paddleboats, canoes, and paddle boards. Paddleboards were another new experience for us. And the kids really loved it, in fact, according to them, it’s their new favourite water sports activity now. And you’re not gonna believe it but our kids also swam in the very cold lake. No wonder why some people in Los Angeles get mad at some Canadians swimming at their beaches during the month of December, thinking they are just flexing out but totally not. We also played badminton, beach volleyball, and table tennis. It was all part of the resort amenities and used everything for free.
We had a bonfire on our first night as we enjoy watching the sky and the stars. We also had a wood fireplace. The boys had the chance to chopped the woods using the axe, a very traditional way. The chalet is beautiful in the sense of style and decors. It was equipped with a full kitchen facility and all the basic utensils. Towels in the chalet and the beach were provided separately, as well as the fire blanket for a complete bonfire experience. Truly, these kinds of experience are something we can treasure.
On our way back home to Vancouver, we visited a local animal farm and market. In there, the kids were so ecstatic to interact with the farm dogs, cat, large chickens, and sheep. They even had the chance to feed the horses with carrots provided by the farm owners. The kids had a blueberry muffin from the store, then we bought a blackberry wine vinegar in a fancy bottle. Interestingly, no one was in the store, so we left our payments via honesty box provided for honest customers.
Our last stop before going to the Long Harbour Ferry Terminal to go back home was at the public beach at Vesuvius Bay. We just hang out at the beach while sitting on the big logs while the kids roamed around to find rocks and shells for their art collections. It was so relaxing just to sit and watch the beach water.
We are definitely going back to Salt Spring Island, and next time, we will try to have more vacation time.