160 Upper Ganges Rd, Ganges, V0S 1E0, Canada
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The jersey cows enjoying the sunshine
A happy jersey cow
Eating our Moonstruck cheese
Friendly jersey cows at Moonstruck Cheese Farm
Travel Tips for Saltspring Island
Laundry and hot showers.
At mrs clean in ganges you have both laundry facilities and also hot showers.
It's very useful as most campsites on Saltspring has no shower facilities.
It's located right by the harbour in Ganges.
Just ask for directions and you'll find it.
Hiking is awesome!
There are SO MANY places to hike on Salt Spring Island. In fact, if you like to hike, you could probably go every day for a month and not see the same place twice!! There is no point listing them, since you can hike anywhere! However, be sure to be prepared, and try to let someone know where you are going in case something happens to you! A good pair of shoes with good soles, a hat, and if it's windy a windbreaker, scarf and gloves are a good idea.
Amazing nature and alternative lifestyles.
"And a page dedicated to Emil Andersen of Bøjden."
Saltspring island is located just off the coast of Vancouver Island and a real paradise for nature lovers.
The island was originally settled by native american indians but has since then had migrations from all over the world, including everything from hawaiians to hippies and black people fleeing oppresion in the US.
Because of that you see a multitude of lifestyles on the island today that makes it a very interesting place to visit.
The ecological movement is big here and organic products are all over the place.
The locals seem very keen on supporting the local shops.
Something i think makes a place even more worth visiting.
"My grandfathers brother lived on saltspring island"
My grandfathers younger brother Emil migrated from denmark to North America in 1923.
After being a casual worker on various farms across Canada he ended up in Northern Alberta and Alaska where he hunted bears for a few years among inuit tribes and other adventurous pioneers.
Unfortunately he got snowblind and had to leave Northern Canada but then decided to make Saltspring island his new home.
He was a fisherman back home in Denmark and spend some of his saved up money buying a big piece of land on Saltsping island and a fishing vessel.
He lived on Beaver Point Road near Fulford Harbour where he was fishing from.
He had a stroke and spend his last years wheelchair bound, but everyone i spoke to always mentioned how he was still a very active person taking care of his garden and his little piece of forest, even if it meant rolling around steep hills in his wheelchair.
He died in 1973 but some people still rememberd him on the island and i heard many interesting things about him.
"The grand old lady of Saltspring."
Thanks to a lovely lady called Sue Moat from the Saltspring archives i got to meet the oldest person on the island, Lotus Ruckle who had spend her entire life there and lived next door to my grandfathers brother Emil.
At 94 she was still living on her own and she was sharper than most 70 year olds.
I'm very happy i got to meet her and hear all her interesting stories about Saltspring island.
As soon as she heard i was on the island she invited me in to her home for most of the afternoon.
Now that is canadian hospitality.
This Gulf Island is the most well known and the most inhabited of them all. 10,500 people call Saltspring home. They share an island that is 180 square kilometres (70 square miles). Many of these residents are artists, including painters, sculptors and weavers. There are countless galleries to visit with a self-drive map that can be picked up at the local Chamber of Commerce. This is an artist's and/or art lover's paradise.
This island is also popular for other reasons. This Island probably the most popular because it offers an escape from mainland chaos but still provides all the services one needs. There is always something to "do" hear unlike some of the other Gulf Islands. Others come to Saltspring for health and wellness reasons as there are numerous services including massage, yoga, alternative health, etc.
The landscape is varied and includes farmland, mountains, beaches, etc. There are numerous beaches and lakes so lots of opportunities for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, relaxing. In the evening you can enjoy a local meal at one of the many restaurants and then enjoy local musicians playing at venues around town or catch a movie at the local theatre. When it is time to sleep rest your head at any of the numerous accommodation choices, including b&bs, cabins, inns, and campgrounds.
Please note that there is a price to pay for having everything on one Gulf Island and that is that Saltspring is the most expensive Gulf Island.
For more info check out http://www.saltspringtoday.com/
Another very important person i met on Saltspring.
"Emils old neighbour Dimitri."
Emils old neighbour Dimitri Stevenson still lives on Beaver Point road where he has a farm and when i came by on my bicycle and knocked on his door him and his wife welcomed me in right away.
Dimitri decends from native americans and greek fishermen and is a great excample of multicultural Canada.
He told lot's of anechdotes from saltspring and showed me the house that Emil build when he came to the island.
He even had the rifle that Emil used to hunt bears with in the 1930´s.
He got it when he died cause he was close to Emil and a hunter too.
If you ever see this Dimitri then thank you so much for your hospitality.
Dimitri showed me the house across the road that Emil build by himself and where he lived till he died in 1973.
A nice wooden house on the hill build in traditional canadian fashion.
"And now Emil enjoys the seaview."
Emil was not a religious guy and wanted no funeral and did not want to be buried at the cemetary.
Him and his wife Hedvig never mentioned what would happen to him when he died.
His neighbour Dimitri was a clever young man though and noticed that he had a nice piece of land on the hill overlooking the sea that he always kept very well, especially after he had his stroke.
Shortly after he died Dimitri noticed that there had been some digging going on, on that hill, so if you ever take the ferry to saltspring then look right as you enter fulford harbour and you will see the hill where Emil is most likely buried and please raise your glass for him.
Being a relative of me i'm sure he would love that :O).
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Hastings Hotel Saltspring Island
Address: 160 Upper Ganges Rd, Ganges, V0S 1E0, Canada