The Destination: Salt Spring Island

Hastings House, a Country House Hotel
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

If you haven’t been there yet, Canada should be on your travel list and you definitely shouldn’t miss British Columbia’s coastline and islands. The “must-see” and “must-do” list is too long for one or even several chapters. Boating and being on the water is as normal here as buying groceries. Seals, whales and other wildlife. A short ferry ride (or sea-plane flight) from either Victoria (Sidney) or Vancouver, Salt Spring Island is one of the most known and popular of the Gulf Islands. Despite its vintage atmosphere it has come to be a travel hot spot recently. A number of celebrities have residences on the island but they are all well-kept secrets, while some are just rumors. In both cases, nobody has ever seen them. The main social hub is the Ganges Harbor, with its marina, farmers market, artisan shops and restaurants. Overlooking the harbor, you will find the luxurious Hastings House, a Country House Hotel. The Hotel offers various accommodation options from suites to cottages. The main Manor house was built in 1939 by British naval architect Warren Hastings as his home. Since 1981 new owners opened this charming boutique hotel. After a day full of adventures either on land or boat, you can choose from 2 dining options, the Dining Room with price fixed menu and The Bistro’s á la carte. Whichever you choose, you should come with empty stomach. The hotel grows their own vegetables and makes own jams. Perfect for summer events or romantic weekends, it’s an ultimate place for relaxing vintage-feel holidays surrounded by nature. PS: Before you leave Ganges, don’t forget to stop at Tree House Cafe for a burrito or something else nice and filling. Why Tree house? You guessed it! Cause there’s tree in center:-)