Cloud 9 Oceanview
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Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

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Good General Information

The Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce - also operating the helpful Visitor Information Center in Ganges

The Gulf Islands Online - the "Internet Gateway to the Gulf Islands of Canada" - also publisher of the Gulf Islands Driftwood community newspaper

The Gulf Islands Web Directory - the "original" directory of web pages for Salt Spring and the Gulf Islands



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Salt Spring Island Year Round

Arts, Crafts & Culture:

Salt Spring Island is especially well known as home to a diverse arts and crafts community.  This includes some very well known artists such as Robert Bateman, Wim Blom, Cathy & Deon Venter, Carol Evans, Carol Haigh, Jerry Ringrose and Diana Dean just to name a few - and musicians such as Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, BTO), Valdy, Donnie McDougall (The Guess Who) and Bill Henderson (Chilliwack).  There are many other talented musicians and world-class artists among the island's potters, painters, sculptors, glass artists and woodworkers, who together make Salt Spring Island an oasis of arts and culture in this spectacular Gulf Island setting.

There are many year round offerings to enjoy!

Salt Spring Island Studio Tour
This year over 40 of the island's outstanding artisans, crafts people and artists have published a self-guided studio tour both online and in handy map form (available at Cloud 9).  Visit the artists, see them at work and enjoy each unique presentation of their creations.  Though officially closed for the winter season, many of these artists say "come on over" with just a phone call ahead of time.

Salt Spring Market (April 7 - October 9))
Visit this web site and find out more about the island, from the the Saturday Market where over 200 local crafts people, artisans, artists and farmers showcase their creations, to information about Salt Spring's beaches, festivals and off-market art.

Island Gourmet Safaris - TOUR.... Salt Spring with someone who knows the island and enjoys people.  Relax for the day and find secret spots and essential info.  TASTE.... our fabulous fare, pick up items along the way to take with you for the rest of your stay or journey.  SEE.... our art galleries and studios and enjoy the trek. 

While visiting the island, you will also find many fine galleries, crafts shops & book stores.  These year-round venues include:

1.  Studio 8 Gallery (Ganges) - fine art: sculpture & painting
2.  Steffich Fine Art (Ganges) - focus on fine local and Native art
3.  Jill Louise Campbell Art Gallery (Ganges) - fine art & gifts: watercolors & prints
4.  Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art (Ganges) - fine art: painting
5.  Waterfront Gallery (Ganges) - gift gallery of local art
6.  Martinus Studio - (Ganges) - master craftsmanship in the fine art of jewelry, unique creations: award winning design, custom design & personalized training.
7.  Ruphi Art Factory (Ganges)
8.  Stone Walrus Gallery (Ganges) - collection of world art
9.  Coastal Currents Gallery (Ganges) - gift gallery of local art
10.  Stone Fish Studio (Ganges) - fine art: sculpture
11. Artcraft - (Ganges) - works 200 artists & artisans (limited season)
12. Island Wildlife Gifts and Gallery
13. Artspring Center (Ganges) - ongoing performing arts & shows with varying island artists
14. Blue Horse Gallery (on the Studio Tour) - fine art: ceramics & high-style folk art
15. The Landing Party (on the Studio Tour) - fine art: from elegance to whimsy
16. Dovecote Gallery of Fine Arts (on the Studio Tour) - original paintings, prints & cards.  Plus the amazing doves!!
17. Venter Studios (Merchant Mews near Ganges) - life-size terra cotta sculpture & painting
18. Morley Myers Gallery & Studio (Merchant Mews near Ganges) - fine art sculpture
19. Jerry Ringrose Studios (Merchant Mews near Ganges) - fine art glasswork extraordinaire
20. Nicola and Asha Wheston Gallery (Merchant Mews near Ganges) - fine art painting
21. Entropic Fine Art Gallery - fine art paintings & prints
22. Watermark Books (Ganges) - for the discerning reader
23. Salt Spring Island Books (Ganges)
24. Sabine's Fine Used Books (Ganges)
24. AND TOO MANY MORE TO LIST......!
 

More Arts and Entertainment:

You will also find the performing arts year round at the Artspring Center.  Also check out Graffiti Theatre

For live music, don't forget the local restaurants and pubs (all smoke-free) such as The Treehouse Cafe and Shipstones on the Harbour front below Oystercatcher Restaurant.

And for some of the very best in Folk Music featuring international talent, check out The Salt Spring Folk Club.
 

Nature:

Salt Spring Island is also home to a large  and "friendly" non-human community - predators such as the bear and cougar are virtually non-existent owing to the island's vigilant sheep farming community.  At Cloud 9 you'll often see bald eagles, ravens, hawks and migrant turkey vultures cruising just feet overhead, and deer grazing in the yard.

Your suite at Cloud 9 comes complete with a laminated Salt Spring Out of Doors Map - detailing 18 hiking trail networks, 23 points of beach access, viewpoints, parks and more...

You'll want to visit Mount Maxwell Provincial Park where the views go forever and where there is little between you and the 2,000 foot sheer drop to Burgoyne Bay below.  Also a must is Ruckle Provincial Park with ocean front and forest trails - ideal for an afternoon picnic.

Island Wildlife Care Center
The Salt Spring Island Island Wildlife Natural Care Center is a charitable organization dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation.  The focus is on alternative medicine such as homeopathy, herbal treatments and physical therapies.
 

Outdoor Recreation & Sport:

Blackburn Meadows Golf Club
A links style course set around beautiful Blackburn Lake, taking you over gently rolling landscape.  Very picturesque!

Salt Spring Island Golf & Country Club
A 9 hole, 3,019 yard course with its restaurant, "The 19th Hole".

Sea Otter Kayaking
Offering a full selection of daily lessons, harbor tours and self-guided exploration.

Island Escapades
Offering a range of outdoor activities including kayaking, climbing, hiking and sailing.

Salt Spring Adventure Co.
Offering a full range of guided kayaking and sightseeing tours.

Saltspring Marine Rentals Ltd.
Offering power boat and kayak rentals, ocean charters and car & scooter rentals.

Sailing Charters:  4 hours on the water and you'll feel like you've been gone for a week!  Ask us at Cloud 9 for the island's most popular operators.

Salt Spring Island's Beaches
A complete guide to the island's beaches and oceanfront vistas.

Salt Spring Guided Rides offers horseback riding as does Healing Horses.
 

Dining:

There are many good quality restaurants in Ganges and around the island - dress is almost always casual and the food invariably delicious.  All are smoke-free for inside dining.

Calvin's Bistro - (Ganges) Great West Coast cuisine with a little European spice, friendly island atmosphere, and outdoor decks overlooking Ganges Harbour - this is one place you'll love to visit often and recommend to friends.  Specials in the realm of urban "fine dining", desserts that are works of art!  Come as you are.

The Oystercatcher Seafood Bar & Grill (Ganges) An island favorite, and don't be deceived by the name.  In addition to oysters and other great sea foods, you'll find delicious chicken, beef, pasta and pizza dishes served in a warm fireside atmosphere.  Great view over Ganges Harbour too!  See also Shipstones Pub just downstairs, also with a full menu.

Artist's Bistro (Grace Point Square, Ganges) - Fine Dining with upscale bistro style and displays of local contemporary art.  Dress is elegantly casual.

House Piccolo - (Ganges) Fine Dining by definition, this intimate establishment has limited seating and offers distinctive local and world cuisine with a just hint of Scandinavia.  The owner/chef is internationally recognized and the extensive wine list has won the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for many years.  Reservations a must.  Dress is elegantly casual.

Hastings House - (Ganges)  The finest in fine dining, with all the ambience of a historic seaside manor house set on 20 acres.  Reservations a must.  Dress is elegantly casual.

Treats:

For the best island-crafted Belgium Chocolates and Genuine Italian Gelatti, visit Harlan's Chocolates!  Excellent coffee too!!

Other fine spots for casual and light dining:

  • Raven Street Market Cafe (Wood Fired Pizza & Fernwood Road at the Government Dock)
  • The Salt Spring Inn (Ganges) - historic building, newly renovated, diverse menu, moderate prices.
  • Moby's Waterfront Marine Pub (Ganges)
  • Auntie Pesto's Cafe & Deli (Grace Point Square, Ganges) - imaginative and fresh food recipes, waterfront.
  • Seaside Restaurant (Vesuvius) - an island favorite, best fish and chips, diverse menu, moderate prices.
  • The Mix (at Mouat's, Ganges)
  • Shipstone's Pub (just below the Oystercatcher in Ganges) - service from the Oystercatcher kitchen
  • Tree-House Cafe (Mouat's Heritage Cottage, Ganges) - live music every day in summer
  • Cafe El Zocalo (in Gasoline Alley, facing Centennial Park, Ganges)
  • Admiral's Specialty Foods & Sushi Bar (Fulford-Ganges Road, Ganges)
  • Porters Restaurant & Lounge (Harbour House Hotel, Ganges)
  • Barb's Buns (McPhillips Avenue, Ganges)
  • Salt Spring Roasting Company (McPhillips Avenue, Ganges) - island roasted coffees, sweets and snacks
  • Moka House (McPhillips Avenue, Ganges) - coffee, sweets and snacks
  • Morningside Organic Bakery & Cafe (Fulford Harbour)
  • The Rock Salt Cafe (Fulford Harbour) - diverse menu at the Fulford Ferry Terminal, home style cooking
     

Body-Mind-Spirit Health:

Salt Spring Island has an impressive array of health practitioners offering everything from:

  • Massage Therapy (with Registered Massage Therapists)

  • Body Work (including many other massage techniques as well as touch healing)

  • Aromatherapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Energy Therapy

  • Feldenkrais

  • Foot Care

  • Herbal Treatments

  • Homeopathy

  • Therapeutic Touch

  • Kinesiology

  • Meditation

  • Shiatsu

  • T'ai Chi

  • Yoga.

For spas, try Skin Sensations (by the sea) in Ganges or the Spa at Hastings House.

And just in case...Salt Spring Island has a hospital as well as regular medical and dental.
 

Local Weather:

Salt Spring Island

Gulf Islands

British Columbia:  Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo...
 

Vancouver Island Information:

Island Treasures B&B - a gorgeous Nanoose Bay/Parksville area accommodation.

Greater Victoria.com -  A broad information resource for Greater Victoria & the Gulf Islands.

CanadianBedBreakfast.com- A good information resource for Canadian Bed & Breakfasts.

Victoria Tourism Mall - Another information resource for Greater Victoria & the Gulf Islands.

Victoria Hotels Motels - lots of good info about Greater Victoria.

Ocean Exploration - offers world class whale watching from Victoria, British Columbia.

The Butchart Gardens - combine this with a day trip into Victoria and you've "seen it all" - nothing short of spectacular, even for non-gardeners.


Around the World:

Fredricksburg Worldwide Travel Links

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Contact us by: Email
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Phone/Fax:  1-250-537-2776

Your Hosts:  John and Pat Macpherson
Cloud 9 Oceanview Bed and Breakfast
238 Sun Eagle Drive
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Canada V8K 1E5

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