Luxurious Hotel and Organic Farm Steps from Ganges Harbour
When the Crofton family opened their farmhouse situated along the Ganges Harbour to travelers in the early 1900s, there was no regular ferry service to bring food to Salt Springs Island, meaning they had to rely on their own farmland to feed guests. Nearly a century later, Harbour House Hotel is still primarily self-sufficient. Beehives supply honey, and gardens and greenhouses yield more than 100 fruits, grains, and vegetables, from carrots to quinoa. Homegrown produce also supplies the hotel's onsite restaurant, which earned the honor of Best Brunch in Canada from Food Day Canada in 2011.
On a complimentary tour, the farm staff guides visitors through bigleaf-maple orchards and into the greenhouses, occasionally plucking fresh samples from the ground. This deal includes a brunch or breakfast for two at the hotel's restaurant, where a chef curates a menu with candied salmon benedict ($14) and maple quinoa pudding ($8) made from house-harvested maple syrup, boiled in one of British Columbia's first evaporators.
Inside many of the hotel's wood-furnished standard rooms, guests can peer onto the lush grounds where the farm's goats roam and play Balderdash. In the Harbour View room, a balcony overlooks the Ganges Harbour while a gas fireplace in select rooms warms the room on winter nights.
Ganges Village, British Columbia: Artistic and Farm Community in Seaside Hamlet
Located on Salt Springs Island, off the southern coast of British Columbia, Ganges Village brims with craft studios, where artists present glassblowing projects, handcraft pottery, and whittle wood. This creative community purveys handmade candles and jewelry for local boutiques. The annual Salt Spring Farmers Market runs every Saturday starting in April, when Centennial Park comes alive with improvised music, dancing, and goods from local farmers.
With 81 miles (130 km) of shoreline, Salt Springs Island provides plenty of spots for kayaking, biking, diving, and boating. Off the coast of Ruckle Provincial Park, scuba divers frequently find octopi, starfish, and giant barnacles, while avian lovers spot eagles, quail, and antelopes with fake wings and beaks.