About six months ago my Aunt moved to Salt Spring Island which is just off the coast of mainland Canada. Its a laid back island with copious hippies, though much busier during summer, filled with artists of all genres and galleries for the tourists. We took a ferry over the day after Boxing Day to explore, even managing to spot some dophins en route.
The main port on Salt Spring is Ganges and that is where we spent the first day, watching sea planes and getting lost in a second hand bookshop. There was an awesome National Geographic atlas, but it probably weighed more than my entire backpack.
The next day Mike arrived via sea plane and we ventured further afield. We headed to the south of the island and visited a cheese factory, obviously I was in heaven when we reached the free samples! We also had chance over the weekend to go walking in Ruckle Park and visit Victoria, capital of Vancouver Island.
Adding to the transportation list Mike and I caught the sea plane back to the mainland. Enough room for 8 people at a push, I think it was even smaller than the plane I skydived out of in New Zealand. A very different experience to the car ferry, we were back in under 20 minutes.
The scenery is so beautiful on Salt Spring (and from above) and I could totally retire there. In the meantime I want to come back in summer and camp. Hitchiking is very common on Salt Spring so I won’t have a problem getting around.