Salt Spring Island is one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. It is the perfect long weekend getaway: coastal scenery, moderate climate, beaches, hiking, farm to table food, and laid back vibe.
8 mile hilly morning run on the roads of Salt Spring to Bader Beach
My travel buddy Angela and I both love to run so of course we had to kick Saturday morning off with one. Little did we know how many hills we would have to run. We ran an 8 mile out-and-back route to Bader Beach. The views at the beach made all those hills totally worth it. We were the only ones there, the tide was out, and I really felt the magic that is Salt Spring Island.
If there is one thing I have heard people mention when they talk about Salt Spring Island it is the Saturday farmers market. Everyone we met on the island warned us that the market gets extremely busy and they were certainly right. The market runs from 8 am to 4 pm every Saturday in March to October.
We arrived around 9:30 am and it was packed. The number of people and stalls is a little overwhelming but it is definitely worth a visit. I was disappointed there weren’t more prepared food options available but otherwise really enjoyed looking at all the pottery, jewellery, clothing, and produce.
I munched on a gluten-free muffin and fresh berries for breakfast. I picked up one of these salt spring rolls to take as a snack for our hike later on. The vendor was very enthusiastic about all the types of sprouts in the roll, but it tasted a little… green. The peanut dipping sauce helped boost the flavour a little.
Once we had our fill of the market, we wandered around Ganges Harbour for a bit and walked to the BNurtured food truck. This was my favourite meal of the trip and I highly recommend checking it out especially. Everything on the menu looks fantastic and there are plenty of gluten-free, vegan, and healthy options.
Like most restaurants on Salt Spring, all ingredients are brought fresh from the farm to your fork. BNurtured Chef and Owner Brooke Winters worked at the famous Harbour House Hotel and Organic Farm before branching out on her own. She is clearly passionate about sourcing ingredients local and making delicious food from scratch. If all salads tasted like this one everyone would eat salad all day long.
We brought our lunch with us in the car and made the drive to Ruckle Provincial Park to begin our next adventure. After parking, we walked a few minutes down a path and found this beach waiting for us to enjoy our lunch.
After lunch we began our hike in Ruckle Provincial Park. It was difficult to find much information about the park trails. I did find this article on hiking Beaver Point Hall to Yeo Point Trail and it sounded great. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the trail head indicated so ended up starting from a different access point. Things were going well for the first 20-25 minutes and then we got lost. Luckily, there are many trails in the park so we chose an alternative route and eventually made our way to Yeo Point.
Our hike took us along the coastline with stunning ocean views and past the Ruckle Provincial Park heritage farm where we spotted deer, wild turkeys, and sheep. The terrain was relatively easy to hike on with rolling hills, roots, and branches but nothing too hard.
What better way to refuel after a long hike than a healthy dinner. We dropped by the Tree House Cafe for dinner and lucked out with getting a table immediately. They have live music every night of the week so it can be a very popular spot. The cafe is mostly outside (but covered patio) and is built around an old plum tree. I really enjoyed the jalapeno honey-lime kale slaw with a chicken skewer. After dinner, we called it an early night to prepare for day 3 of adventures.
Stay tuned for our final day of eats and adventures. Do you like eating at food trucks?