Salt Spring Island Tour

Birds of a Feather’s Zodiac Medline III based in Victoria is available for private charter transport (water taxi) to and from Salt Spring Island. We are also available for marine eco-tour charters, or simply boating the west coast.

Panorama of Salt Spring looking over Cowichan Bay and Genoa Bay

Salt Spring Island Tour

This charter includes a coastal journey of Salt Spring Island followed by a visit to Ganges, the harbour village capital of this Gulf Island where you will find cafes, art galleries, an old fashion "carry everything" hardware store (Mouats) and much more. Salt Spring Island is brimming with artists, musicians, and a beautiful natural landscape.

Saturdays throughout the summer are an exceptionally exciting time to visit Salt Spring when the "Saturday Market" is in full swing. This famous market, which takes place at Centennial Park in Ganges, is a great place to see the fine works of local potters, jewelers, fiber artists, woodworkers, farmers and food vendors. Running every Saturday between mid-April and mid-October, the Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island is entirely the result of local efforts and talents; in fact Market policy dictates that vendors must have "made it, baked it, or grown it themselves" if they are to display their wares.

Salt Spring Island market every Saturday from April to October
Salt Spring Island market every Saturday from April to October in Ganges

Tree House Cafe on Salt Spring Island - Captain's favouriteThe Tree House Cafe on Salt Spring Island is one of our favourite lunch spots. The food is great - from homemade burgers to wraps, and ohhh the homemade carrot cake! - but even better is the outdoor atmosphere of this island cafe built around the tree which has been left intact. This place so personifies the Salt Spring experience.

boating just off Saltspring Island, British Columbia
The Salt Spring Island charter is a unique way to explore the unlimited beauty offered by the southern Gulf Islands, and a great way to discover this quaint island community. The length of this tour is entirely up to you.

Gulf Islands Map

boats moored at Salt Spring Island

For passengers from Vancouver we can offer you the following choices:

Saturday Itinerary:

  • 9:10 am Arrival at Ganges on Salt Spring Island (Saturday market)
  • 10:30 or 11:30 am Departure Marine EcoTour
    (you choose how you wish to spend that extra hour)
  • 3:30 pm Arrival at Salt Spring Island docks
  • 4:10 pm Departure by Salt Spring Air from Salt Spring Island
  • 4:45 pm Arrival at Vancouver inner harbour at 4:45 pm

 

Weekday Itinerary

(can use the same itinerary as for Saturday except the market will not be open but the quaint village of Ganges has lots to offer, or catch a later flight as below):

  • 11:20 am Departure by Salt Spring Air / Harbour Air from Vancouver harbour
  • 11:50 am Arrival at Ganges on Salt Spring Island
  • 11:50 am Departure Marine EcoTour
  • 3:50 pm Arrival at Salt Spring Island docks
  • 4:10 pm Departure by Salt Spring Air from Salt Spring Island
  • 4:45 pm Arrival at the inner harbour in Vancouver at 4:45 pm

 

Baby Orca breached!

The open air market on Salt Spring Island was a unique and fun experience. The arts and crafts stores in Ganges were a delight to discover. We enjoyed the fresh air, the natural scenery and the Dahl’s porpoises along the way. The ride back to Victoria was even more scenic as we boated through the channel and under the old wooden bridge between the Pender Islands. Going home the long way through the San Juans and around the bottom of San Juan Island was an excellent choice. We saw Orcas and a recently born baby orca breach out of the water! The boat is very comfortable and Dieter knows the waters like a seasoned mariner. We really appreciated having the zodiac all to ourselves and not being on any schedule. This was the best trip to Victoria ever! See you again next year for another adventure.