Category: Saltspring Island

To mow or not to mow

June 16th, 2019 — Lawn mowing on Salt Spring Island is a personal preference. Some like it short, some like it long, like a hay field, more suitable for sheep or horse, as illustrated by these adjacent properties in Vesuvius Bay.

Updated: June 17, 2019 — 11:15 am

A rainy Saturday market

May 25th, 2019 — A little rain doesn’t discourage Salt Spring Islanders from their world famous Saturday Market where they pick up the best in organic veggies, home made bread, and cheeses, above. It does seem to discourage visitors however, who go for the specialty treats, lunches, and crafts, below.


Updated: June 2, 2019 — 3:16 pm

Roasters is back?

April 14th, 2019 — Roasters coffee shop in Ganges was THE meeting place on Salt Spring Island so when it closed down for renovations almost two years ago it was missed. A few weeks ago a trailer serving Salt Spring Coffee and snacks opened for business at Roasters’ rear door and the barristta said the coffee shop would be reopening soon, possibly in May.

Updated: April 17, 2019 — 3:13 pm

Channel Ridge

April 16th, 2019 — Fifteen years ago the Channel Ridge housing development on Salt Spring Island was going to be the greatest thing to hit the island. Within a few years it floundered into bankruptcy as the long time residents on the island expected. Just another scam. Today the floor of the onsite office is littered with plans for roads and commercial buildings while the clearcut acres nearby have fireplugs and lot markers sticking up through rock and brush where there were to be roads and houses.

Updated: April 16, 2019 — 11:06 pm

Wind power

December 31st, 2018 — The wind storm that hit Vancouver on December 20th did much worse damage on Salt Spring Island. Thousands of trees were knocked over including this one on Langs Road, a short stretch of pavement at the north end of St. Mary Lake, where more than 30 trees like it fell across power lines. I’ve been photographing root balls for more than 15 years and this is the largest I’ve come across. From the lowest point to the tip it’s three times my height at least. Considering the number of trees that fell it’s surprising more damage to homes didn’t occur but the number of near misses is staggering.

Updated: January 3, 2019 — 11:26 pm

Surprise

October 15th, 2018 — When you spend a million plus for that perfectly situated waterfront cottage overlooking Samsun Narrows on Salt Spring Island the one thing you shouldn’t expect is that when it’s surveyed a good part of your property is actually on the roadway. Well, actually you should, because things were a little lax when many of these old cottages were built in the 1940’s. If the house burns down current zoning regulations might permit a tent with a porta pottie but certainly not a permanent structure. This cottage was surveyed so a new septic field could be installed.

Updated: October 23, 2018 — 9:37 pm