Salt Spring Island Gay Guide – Vacations and Gay Weddings on Salt Spring Island
Planning a romantic LGBTQ getaway to this secluded and artsy island a short ferry ride from Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia
Salt Spring Island
A scenic ferry ride fom Vancouver and Victoria, this craggy, agrarian jewel of the Southern Gulf Islands appeals to both outdoorsy and artsy sorts. Kayak around sculpted bays, hike to the top of 1,900-foot Mt Maxwell, or cycle past artisan wineries, coffeehouses, and goat cheese dairies. The island’s largest town, Ganges, overlooks a picturesque harbor and abounds with fine galleries.
Salt Spring Island is a terrific year-round destination, although it’s most popular from late spring through early fall, which is also when rates are likely to be higher at local hotels but also when the weather is ideal for hiking, boating, and the like. One particularly great weekend for LGBTQ travelers to visit is early September, which is when the annual 2018 Salt Spring Island Pride Festival takes place over several days, with a number of fun events including queer story-sharing circles, dances, concerts (Ferron headlined last year), a Pride Parade, and more.
Check out the website of Salt Spring Island Tourism for more trip-planning advice and details.
The high-end but low-key Hastings House Country House Hotel offers 18 rustic-refined suites, an intimate spa, and acclaimed seasonal dining on a 22-acre harborside tract of peaceful gardens and meadows.
Stroll amid Ruckle Provincial Park’s rocky headlands and lush forests, keeping an eye out for offshore sea lions, bald eagles, killer whales, and passing ships.
Try a local Shipwreck IPA on the waterfront deck of Moby’s Pub.
As if the 180-degree views of Fulford Harbour aren’t enough, Rock Salt Restaurant & Cafe serves stellar seafood.
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