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Victoria Day Long Weekend is upon us!

Some fun facts about the May-long weekend for you:

Canada has been celebrating Victoria day since 1845, when Queen Victoria turned 30 years of age. The May-long weekend falls on whichever weekend is closest to the 24th of May in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. Interestingly, all of the current Sovereign’s birthdays are all officially celebrated on May 24th as well, regardless of when their actual birthday falls. May long weekend also known as May 2-4 is the official kickoff to summer, where Canadians can confidently count on no longer seeing frost and the fashion trends also switch to lighter-colored summer attire from Victoria Day through until Labour day. With the May-long weekend marking summer being right around the corner, we are getting more and more busy here at the Salt Spring Adventure Company and we would be happy to help you make some fun adventure plans of your own.

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The Summer Seven:

For any of you out there who like lists, and even more so, the satisfaction of checking things off of it, here is a list of things to do this summer:

1- Ganges Harbour Kayak Tour
Go on a guided tour around Ganges Harbour where you will see all kinds of wildlife; eagles, herons, seals, and dolphins, all of which are regularly sighted visitors to our beautiful harbour.

2- Cycle the Island
Salt Spring Island has amazing scenery which is particularly enjoyable at a slower pace from the seat of a bike. Cycling the island means getting some bonus fitness in at the same time as enjoying the fantastic scenery, because let’s be honest, Salt Spring is not flat. 🙂

3- Whale Watching Tour
Enjoying our surrounding marine wildlife from the seat of our Zodiac is a fun way to spend an afternoon. We love our whales and our objective is to educate our guests about the whales and we are very respectful to our majestic ocean beauties.

4- Go out and play in the rain
While the majority of the summer is hot and dry, we do appreciate when it decides to rain. But don’t let that cancel your outdoor plans. Getting out onto the water in the rain is an experience everyone should try and the waters are super calm while the rain droplets cast ripples onto the ocean.

5- Scooter tour
Touring the island on scooters is a blast. Without the surroundings of a car, you can feel more of a connection with the outdoors, and it’s fuel efficient too!

6- Paddle Boarding
Let this summer be the one that you finally get around to getting on a paddleboard, whether it be your first time or the first time in a long time, paddle boarding in our harbour creates a unique vantage point from which to enjoy the harbour and the surrounding scenery.

7- Try an Electric Bike
If you’re not feeling up to the “work” required by traditional pedal powered bike, the assistance of an electric bike may be exactly what you’re looking for to ease the effort needed for the islands beautiful, yet challenging hills.

Salt Spring Adventure Co is happy to help you check any of these items off your “Summer Seven” list. Come Adventure With Us!

Our New Home

 

We had the amazing opportunity to switch to a new location at the beginning of last season. This new space has served us very well, and allows for more space to offer you more fun things. We sell a variety of small souvenirs,  clothing and some practical “adventuristic” items as well. We are now officially open for the 2019 season and enthusiastically look forward to offering you an adventure of some kind. Adventure is what we do 🙂

Beautiful tours throughout the Gulf Islands this week featuring some wondering encounters with Humpbacks and Transient Orcas. Here’s some photos from our last trip of one of our local icons ‘Big Momma’! This humpback has been observed summering here since 1996 and has brought 6 calves with her over the years. Come enjoy an experience of a lifetime. Whales every trip!

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A GREAT TIME to come and see some WHALES!!

Spring is in the air, and our local Ocean is Teeming with life these days!!

We have been out on some spectacular trips lately, and have seen some amazing whale and marine animal sightings!!

4 days in a row this week, we saw Orca Whales & Humpback Whales on the same tour!! Our Sea Lions are around for the Spring, and they are so much fun to watch, and our Harbour Seals & Bald Eagles are everywhere!

 

The sunshine is finally out, so come out and Adventure with us!!

Getting Geared Up for Spring Fun!

We at Salt Spring Adventures are getting pretty excited about Spring and all the fun that comes with it! The flowers are blooming, the garlic is pushing it’s green shoots up, Spring is in the air!

We have had some great tours lately. The kayaking has been beautiful & the Whale Watching spectacular! We have been seeing Orca & Humpbak Whales almost every day lately!! Our Seal Lions are still around for Spring and they are a ton of fun to watch, and our Harbour Seals & Bal Eagles are plentiful!

Come get a head start on FUN with us and book a kayak tour or Whale Watching Trip with us. Grab a bike and head out on a fun adventure around Island, or book ahead for your summer adventures!

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Thank You For Adventuring With Us!

As the last day of August ends, we want to say THANK YOU to everyone who chose to adventure with us this past month! We have had over 1400 people adventuring with us! Over 450 kayakers, 450 whale watchers, 150 cyclists, and another 350 joining us for other various adventures. We have had a fantastic month, and could not have done it without YOU.

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Welcome to our FUN ZONE

We have lots of fun here at Salt Spring Adventures, which makes the job really enjoyable for all our staff and subsequently, we want all of our guests to have an equal if not more enjoyable experience on any of the adventures they choose to join us for. Whether it be: going on a guided kayak tour with one of our fantastic guides, renting a couple of bikes and hitting the road, paddling in our harbour on some stand-up paddle-boards as either a “never-tried-it-before” or a “more-seasoned” paddle-boarder, or joining one of our captains on either a laid-back relaxing sailing charter, or witnessing the majestic beauty of our local marine life such as killer whales, humpbacks, porpoise, and seals from the seat of our zodiac…… we want you to have a fun adventure, and that’s why we call ourselves an adventure company. Its just what we do! So, if you are an adventure seeker or are looking for some fun, you’ve come to the right place! We can help you with your next adventure plans!

One of our kayak  guides, Jo having a blast on our whale watching boat with Captain Blair

One of our kayak guides, Jo having a blast on our whale watching boat with Captain Blair

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I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike…

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One of the many adventures we can help you with is cycling. We have a variety of adult bike sizes available for renting and they are all well maintained and in great shape. Our bikes are awaiting to accompany you on your next cycling adventure.

Cycling on Salt Spring Island is a great way to tour the island at a more intimate level. The winding roads, and beautiful scenery are worth the effort for the hills you will encounter on your journey. There are many destinations that are attainable via bike and the art studios sprinkled about are all delightful to explore.

While its true that Salt Spring has many big mountains in the south that are great enjoyment for keen cyclists who love the challenge, we also have a hill-friendly north side to our island that is great for cyclists of all skill levels.

And, for a breathtaking view of the northern most point of Salt Spring Island, a small detour from the main road heading north will take you to a 250 Degree lookout of the surrounding islands.
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More than just watching whales.

While the focus of our daily excursions is visiting the whales we know and love, on our outings we experience much more than just cetacea. Bald Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks, Ospreys, Seals, Otters, and a variety of Dolphins and Porpoises are only a few of the species we frequently have the privilege to observe. The wide range of biodiversity across the Cascadian archipelago is truly awe-inducing, and there is no feeling quite like the one conjured while gazing out across our waters.

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Aside from the plethora of marine and aquatic life observed, one will have a lasting impression of the beauty and serenity that surrounds the Gulf Islands.  The lush green landscapes and lack of development provide an evident allure to those seeking the charms of Island Life. The clean air and abundance of good-will keeps even the slickest of city dwellers  for an extra night (or with plans to return!). One trip out on the water with us and you will be planning your retirement! Educational, aesthetically pleasing and exciting, our tours capture the essence of our Temperate Rainforest and leaves one with a desire to, “Get away from it all.”

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The incredible view of the Olympic and North Cascade mountain ranges, the Sun setting over the water, or the light touch of the sea breeze upon the skin are minutiae that make the experience of Whale Watching more than just watching whales.

 

 

 

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