One of favorite places to visit in BC is the Gulf Islands, so we were super excited to visit The Salty Pear, a family run farm and B&B on Salt Spring Island. Think orchards, forests, adorable cabins, and a Scandinavian-inspired sauna, all the elements you need for a restorative and relaxing weekend in British Columbia, Canada.
Where to Stay on Salt Spring Island: the Salty Pear
Salt Spring Island is like the Bali of BC, it has amazing food and the local markets are worth the visit alone! We stayed at The Salty Pear, which had all the things we love about localism: there's an art gallery on site, a "glamping mobile," and a camping casita. Annika Siemsen and her husband Jorge Siemsen live in a beautiful house on the property, and they made sure we have the most delightful stay.
We woke up each morning to farm fresh eggs for breakfast, along with local coffee & other goodies. We stayed in the Camping Casita, which is uniquely built with two doors and two rooms. One door leads to the kitchen and the other to the bedroom, and there's a window connecting both rooms so it's a pretty cool experience for two people! There's also a really cute patio to lounge on in the mornings or evenings.
We visited for the weekend with our friends RayRay and Tyler, who stayed in the glamping mobile, and it was the perfect chill weekend together! It's so nice to escape the city, be surrounded by nature, and just breathe it all in.
Along with cozy quarters, the Salty Pear also has a very cool Scandinavian-inspired sauna, which you can book for a sweat session even if you're not staying there!
There was also an outdoor tub, which fit all four of us for a warm DIY hot tub in the evening.
Things to Do on Salt Spring Island:
The good news is there is lots of things to do on Salt Spring Island! The best way to see Salt Spring Island is to take a little road trip in the Salty Pear's vintage VW, and Annika and Jorge took us to some of their favourite spots.
Salt Spring Island Cheese is an adorable farm where you can sample local cheeses and even pet some goats and farm animals! Kizmit was our favorite lunch spot, and they have good coffee + incredible vegan options there too.
If you're feeling thirsty, check out Salt Spring Wild Cider for locally grown cider, or the local food trucks parked just around the corner from the Salty Pear. Our favourite was the crepe truck, which even had gluten-free crepes! Definitely try the sweet potato, spinach, and onion crepe, it's delicious.
Close to the Salty Pear is Salt Spring Island's "downtown" shopping area, where we loved wandering the Saturday market during the day! We couldn't get enough of the fresh flowers, produce, and moonshine ;).
We will definitely be back for the market alone, there was so many fresh gluten-free and vegan goodies that ACTUALLY taste amazing. If you want to visit this magical little island, you can book the Salty Pear here!