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

 

Whales, tall ship wreck and oceanside vineyards

the Crowther Family Boating Journal: Our Alaska cruise pulled in to Vancouver just after 7:30 am and by 11:30 we met up with Dieter. Our flight back home to Australia left the next day. With Dieter’s planning advice it all went like clockwork. We flew in to Ganges from the Vancouver harbour on a float plane with Salt Spring Island Air where Dieter met us. After enjoying an excellent lunch on Salt Spring we headed south through the Gulf Islands and stopped at the Saturna Island Vineyards to sample their wines and bought a few bottles. This oceanside vineyard reminded us of those back home in southern Australia near Melbourne. We also saw a tall ship wrecked on a reef near there. We passed through the San Juans where we spent an hour or so watching a super pod of Orcas. A large male breached completely out of the water just a few hundred yards from the boat. This is an experience we will never forget and recommend to anyone who loves the ocean and wildlife. Dieter dropped us off in Victoria right next to the West Coast Air float plane docks at 5:30 pm. By 7:00 pm we were back in our hotel in Vancouver! What a perfect day. This was the icing on our perfect week to the west coast. Thank you "Birds of a Feather". Next time we’ll be back to stay at your B&B in Victoria.