Island Perspective


As the end of May approaches, there is definitely a trend developing here: Salt Spring is already busy and it doesn't look like there will be any gaps now until the Fall. Town is noticeably "full" Friday afternoons, the market is in full swing, and the B&B's are filling up fast. Nice to see, being that there is SO much to do. May saw the usual suspect of events: Round Salt Spring race, Ruckle Park Farm Heritage Days, the Painters' Guild Annual show, the big soccer tourney, and of course the start of the Tuesday Farmer's market.

And to keep everyone interested and active, June's schedule boasts the start of Artcraft at Mahon Hall running through until September, and Salt Spring's annual Sea Capers weekend. Of course the Saturday and Tuesday markets will run right through until October. Lots for everyone of different ages and different interests!

The weather for the most part, has been grand, and it has brought the crowds early. Everyone in the service sector is ready to welcome our visitors, with the restaurants gearing up their staff and fine tuning their menus; there's so much choice! The tourist info centre is well manned. Anyone needing steering in the right direction, I recommend they drop in for a chat with the helpful volunteers there so that you can make the most of the time you have here as fun-filled as possible. Everything from accommodation to food, studios to visit, or how to read the bus schedule.

Ask a local for help; most people welcome a chat, and you might learn something about Salt Spring that will surprise you!

For our part, The B&B is almost totally booked for August, there's a bit of wiggle room in July, and still some nice choices for June available. I have been baking my own bread using wild yeast as a leavener and it's been heavenly. I am leaving a loaf for my guests on arrival, as a welcome. It seems a natural with all the lovely wines and cheeses that our guests pick up on their rounds of the island!

Welcome to the island. Kick back, relax, refresh, and revel in a different mindset.